The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS), established by the Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong, aims to attract the best and brightest students from across the globe to pursue their PhD studies in Hong Kong universities.
The HKPFS package for the 2024-25 intake at CUHK includes financial support totalling up to HK$1.72 million (~US$221,000). Please visit here for more details.
The Scholarship offers:
- An award of total HK$80,000 (approx. US$10,260) (HK$40,000 in the first year of attendance and HK$20,000 each in the second and third years subject to satisfactory study progress);
- Studentships of HK$220,320 (approx. US$28,250) per annum within the normative study period; and
- Conference and Research-related Travel Allowance of HK$30,000 (approx. US$3,846) within the normative study period
Recipients of this prestigious admission scholarship shall be the brightest candidates applying for the full-time PhD programmes of the University, with a clear record of academic and/or research achievements, a high degree of intellectual curiosity combined with creativity, and potential for academic/professional leadership. Some examples include, but are not limited to, a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or equivalent; academic/research-related awards/scholarships, publications/contributions in excellent venues; reference letters illustrating substantial experience and potential in research; a PhD admission offer for the 2024-25 intake from a top-tier university as measured by, for instance, THE World, QS World, ARWU University rankings, subject rankings of relevant programmes, etc.
Candidates applying for the full-time PhD programmes of the University via the Online Application System by the deadlines specified by individual programmes will automatically be considered for the Scholarship. A separate application for the Scholarship from candidate is not required. Candidates should upload copies of the latest academic transcript, a valid English Language proficiency test score report, and other supporting documents in their applications.
- For full-time research postgraduate students.
- Annual studentship for 2023-24 is HK$220,320 (approx. US$28,250). Payable during normative period of study.
- The award of the studentship will be made known to students with the admission offers.
Tuition Waiver Scheme for Local Research Postgraduate Students
- Starting from the 2018-19 academic year, the Government grants a tuition waiver to all current and newly admitted local1 full-time research postgraduate (RPg) students enrolled in UGC-funded RPg programmes for their entire normative period of study.
- Local1 full-time RPg students who are admitted to the University without postgraduate studentships are not eligible for this Scheme.
- For more details, please visit the website of University Grants Committee (UGC).
Targeted Taught Postgraduate Programmes Fellowships Scheme
- Local students1 , both full-time and part-time, admitted3 to the designated taught postgraduate (TPg) programmes of the University starting from the 2021-22 Intake are eligible to apply.
- Awardees are required to pay a minimum tuition fee of HK$42,100 for the programme, and the differences will be subsidised by the fellowships subject to a cap of HK$120,000 for each student for the whole programme, regardless of the actual study period. Please visit here for more details.
Research Postgraduate Student Grant for Overseas Academic Activities
- Full-time Research Doctoral Student: Maximum HK$30,000 in total during the normative period of study.
- Full-time Research Master’s Student: Maximum HK$10,000 in total during the normative period of study.
Tertiary Student Finance Scheme – Publicly-funded Programmes (TSFS) administered by the Student Finance Office of the Hong Kong Government.
- For full-time local1 students taking up exclusively UGC-funded or publicly-funded programmes.
CUHK Convocation Postgraduate Admission Scholarships
- The CUHK Convocation has set up two scholarships of HK$10,000 each to award outstanding non-local students1 to pursue taught postgraduate studies.
- There will be one award each for non-local students1 admitted3 to full-time and part-time taught postgraduate programmes with effect from the 2022-23 intake.
Other Scholarships and Awards
The University offers a number of scholarships, prizes and awards to recognize students' outstanding academic and non-academic performance. Other exchange scholarships, university bursaries and loans are also available. Please visit the website of the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid for details.
More scholarships and funding are available to postgraduate students, including the PhD International Mobility for Partnerships and Collaborations Award, Young Scholars Thesis Award, Belt and Road Scholarship, CUHK Convocation Postgraduate Admissions Scholarships. More information is available on the website of the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid and the Office of Academic Links.
Application Fees: HK$300 per programme (except Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Finance, MBA in Finance).
Research Postgraduate Programmes (RPg)
HK$42,100 per annum
For local full-time RPg students, please refer to the Tuition Waiver Scheme for Local Research Postgraduate Students for details.
Taught Postgraduate Programmes (TPg)
Please refer to the individual programme pages for details.
Students would be considered a non-local student if he/she is a holder of the following documents issued by the Immigration Department of the HKSAR:
- Student visa/entry permit; or
- Visa/entry permit under the Immigration Arrangement for Non-local Graduates; or
- Dependant visa/entry permit who were 18 years old or above when he/she was issued with such visa/entry
During the student’s normative study period.
- Only applicants who have got an admission offer, accepted the offer and settled the deposit will be considered for the Scheme.
- Only candidates selected for award and enrolled in the concerned programme namely, registered as a student at the University are eligible to receive the scholarship.
- All fees paid are non-refundable and non-transferable.