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1. Hong Kong PhD Fellowships

The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPF) was established by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) in 2009. The HKPF aims at attracting the best and brightest students across the world to pursue their research degree programmes in Hong Kong. About 230 PhD Fellowships will be awarded to all institutions in each academic year. For the 2020-21 exercise, application starts on September 1, 2019 (noon). 

The HKPF provides each awardee with a monthly scholarship of HK$25,800* and a conference and research related travel allowance of HK$12,900 per year for a period up to three years.
For HKPF awardees who are admitted to a 4-year PhD programme in 2020-21, the University will provide a monthly scholarship and travel allowance at the same level as the HKPF for their fourth year of study. Please click here for further details


HKU guarantees HKPF awardees a hall place for their first year of study. 


* HKPF holders in the University of Hong Kong have to observe the Regulations Governing Postgraduate Scholarships 

Application: Applicants will need to submit one initial application to the RGC(only with basic information such as their names, the two chosen programmes/institutions, place of birth, etc.) through RGC's on-line system, and each of the applications will be allocated a reference number. The deadline for submitting an initial application to RGC is December 2, 2019 at Hong Kong Time 12:00:00 (GMT +8 hours). Please click here for RGC on-line initial application. 


Applicants who have chosen HKU in their initial applications have to submit an on-line application form and upload soft copies of supporting documents via the on-line application system of HKU to apply for admission. They are required to indicate that they are applying for the HKPF in the on-line application form and quote the reference number assigned to them by the RGC. The deadline for submitting an application to HKU is December 2, 2019. Faculties will then submit the nominated candidates to the Graduate School for consideration. Please click here to HKU Online Application System.

Applicants who have applied for the HKPF will be automatically considered for the award of University Postgraduate Fellowships (UPF) mentioned in the following session. Nevertheless, applicants who have successfully been selected for the award of HKPF will not concurrently be awarded the UPF and Postgraduate Scholarships offered by the University. The HKPF Scheme does not cover the Joint Programmes. 


2. University Postgraduate Fellowships (UPF)

The University Postgraduate Fellowship (UPF) Scheme is generously supported by several donors and the Fellowships awarded to awardees are funded by The University of Hong Kong Foundation for Educational Development and Research ('HKU Foundation'), the Jessis & George Ho Chairtable Foundation, Dr Lee Shau Kee, and Phillip K H Wong Foundation, carrying the names 'HKU Foundation Postgraduate Fellowship', 'Jessis Ho Memorial Postgraduate Fellowship', 'Lee Shau Kee Postgraduate Fellowship', and 'Phillip K H Wong Foundation Postgraduate Fellowship' respectively. 

The Scheme aims to attract top students worldwide and is available for selected new full-time PhD candidates with excellent academic performances. 

Value: The fellowship is at a value of HK$70,000 on top of the Postgraduate Scholarships

Applicants in their final year of study may also apply for the UPF. The deadline for application is December 2, 2019. 

There is no separate on-line application form for UPF. Applicants who have applied for the Hong Kong PhD Fellowships will be automatically considered for the award of UPF. 

Further information is available in the Guide to Application


All RPg students who are accepted for postgraduate studies in the Department of Chemistry, are eligible for a postgraduate scholarship. No separate application for this scholarship is necessary. 

RPg students will continue to receive the Postgraduate Scholarship on the condition that they maintain good progress in their research and course work, and they have performed up to 100 hours of services to the satisfaction of the Department of Chemistry. 

Examples of services include tutoring courses, demonstration of laboratory classes, participating in Departmental operations and events. 

Students accepting the postgraduate scholarship are not allowed to have any formal employment other than the Departmental services. 

The basic level of scholarship is HK$17,330 per month (w.e.f. September 1, 2019). 

With effect from September 1, 2019, a PGS holder whose PhD probation has been confirmed will receive a higher PGS rate ($17,810) with effect from the following calendar month after his/her probation is fully confirmed. For example: probation confirmed within November 1 - 30, 2019 --> higher PGS rate applicable w.e.f. December 1, 2019.

A number of scholarships are eligible for current RPg of the Department, based on academic merit. Invitations for applications will be announced during the academic year.

Current MPhil and PhD students may apply for financial support for conference attendance and/or travel for presenting papers/posters in overseas academic conferences or participating in other overseas educational activities. 

Support is conditional on the satisfactory fulfillment of Departmental services for the Postgraduate Scholarship. 

For application and details, see: