Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme- 2024/25

Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme

Do not miss this opportunity to study in Hong Kong with many scholarship benefits. Established by the Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong in 2009, the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme- 2024/25 (HKPFS) aims to attract the best and the brightest students from the world to pursue their PhD studies in Hong Kong’s best universities.

Awarding Country:  Hong Kong

Eligible Countries:  All Nationalities

Program Level:  PhD

Recommended: Joint Japan / World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program

Participating Universities:


  • Sciences
  • Medicine
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Business Studies

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Candidates who are seeking admission as new full time PhD students in the above eight universities, irrespective of their country of origin, prior work experience and ethnic background, should be eligible to apply.
  • Applicants should demonstrate outstanding qualities of academic performance, research ability / potential, communication and interpersonal skills, and leadership abilities.

Application Process:

Eligible candidates should first make an Initial Application online through the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme Electronic System (HKPFSES) to obtain an HKPFS Reference Number by 1 December 2023 at Hong Kong Time 12:00:00 before submitting applications for PhD admission to their desired universities.

Applicants may choose up to two programs / departments at one or two universities for PhD study under HKPFS 2024/25. They should comply with the admission requirements of their selected universities and programs.

As the deadlines for applications to some of the universities may immediately follow that of the Initial Application, candidates should submit initial applications as early as possible to ensure that they have sufficient time to submit applications to universities.

Step 1: Submit the Initial Application to the Research Grants Council

Open for applications: 1 September 2023 at 12:00 noon Hong Kong Time

Guidance Note for completing the Initial Application (in PDF format)
HKPFS Electronic System – Initial Application

Step 2: Submit Full Applications to Proposed Universities

After completing an initial application, applicants should submit full applications for their selected PhD programs to the proposed universities quoting their HKPFS Reference Number before the universities’ respective deadlines. As regards program information, requirements for Ph.D. admission, application methods, regulations, and policy of individual universities, please refer to individual universities and Ph.D. programs for information.

Selection Criteria:

While candidates’ academic excellence is of primary consideration, the Selection Panels will take into account factors as follows:

  • Academic excellence;
  • Research ability and potential;
  • Communication and interpersonal skills; and
  • Leadership abilities.

Award Details:

The Fellowship provides an annual stipend of HK$331,200 (approximately US$42,460) and a conference and research-related travel allowance of HK$13,800 (approximately US$1,760) per year for each awardee for a period of up to three years. 350 PhD Fellowships will be awarded in the 2024/25 academic year*. For awardees who need more than three years to complete the PhD degree, additional support may be provided by the chosen universities. For details, please contact the universities concerned directly.

Official Link: UGC