Established by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) in 2009, the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) aims to attract the best and brightest students in the world to pursue their PhD programmes in Hong Kong's universities. The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) now invites HKPFS applications for admissions in the 2024-2025 academic year.
CUHK is a highly esteemed, forward-looking comprehensive research university recognised for its excellence both regionally and globally. We aim to consolidate its position as a centre of excellence for cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research with a global impact and seek to optimise opportunities and make significant contributions to society by translating research findings into practical applications.
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With the support of five State Key Laboratories and a wide array of approximate 300 research institutes and research centres, CUHK has long promoted interdisciplinary research and achieved excellence on local, national and international levels. With the supervision and inspiration of diligent world-class scholars who excel in their professional fields, our PhD candidates can find the best strategy to achieve their study objectives.
To cater for different study needs, CUHK offers a wide array of PhD programmes through 8 Faculties: Arts, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Science, and Social Science.
Explore our extensive range of PhD programmes at https://www.gs.cuhk.edu.hk/admissions/.
Pursuing graduate studies in Hong Kong under the HKPFS is attractive.
Not only it provides significant financial support for living, but also encourages international exposure and collaborations through research-related travel allowances. In addition, Hong Kong is a vivid city with many opportunities for scientific and technological career development. Studying at CUHK as an HKPFS awardee will help me fulfil my research potential and facilitate my scientific career development.
With the HKPFS provided by CUHK, I was able to focus on my research wholeheartedly.
During my PhD study at the Department of Sports Science and Physical Education at CUHK, I was surrounded and supervised by world-class researchers in an environment
that enabled me to work hard and to enjoy life on a beautiful campus in a vibrant and exciting city.
CUHK has been the perfect place for me to explore my passion.
The support of our professors, the amazing learning resources on offer and the beauty of the campus are just a few of many things that I cherish about studying here. There are always new experiences to discover in this diverse campus situated in a multicultural city.
Pursuing my PhD degree in Gender Studies at CUHK with support from the HKPFS has been a highly rewarding experience so far.
I am grateful to be enrolled in a programme that offers a stimulating interdisciplinary learning environment, solid research training from passionate, skilled faculty members, and support to be autonomous in shaping my intellectual interests and career path.
It is a great privilege to be a part of CUHK, one of the top universities worldwide.
The University enables me to revolutionise my future career as a scientist. In addition to its well-respected professors, CUHK provides high-tech equipment and research facilities to help me advance my research.
Studying PhD at CUHK’s JC School of Public Health and Primary Care has been an incredible experience for me.
With supportive supervisor and an innovative, collaborative research environment, I have gained valuable insights into producing high-quality research work. I highly recommend the programme to potential students who seek to enhance their research capabilities.
Studying at CUHK has been a great experience so far.
The school’s rich facilities, multicultural setting and natural surroundings ensure an excellent learning environment. The Anthropology department is extremely friendly and stimulating, with my supervisor and other faculty members providing strong guidance and support.
I feel privileged to have the opportunity to study at CUHK.
CUHK offers world-class infrastructure and a serene campus for research. Being at CUHK, I am able to work under the supervision of top-notch scholars. The excellent support and guidance I receive from my supervisors are testament to the university’s commitment to professionalism.
Pursuing a PhD degree at CUHK Engineering is an extraordinary experience.
With top-tier supervisors and a world-class research environment, students perform cutting-edge research and publish high-quality academic papers. The Faculty’s close connections with mainland China and the world provide lots of opportunities to collaborate with world-class researchers during and after my PhD study.
I am honoured to be supported by HKPFS to embark on my exciting PhD journey at CUHK, a regional and global leader in state-of-the-art medical research.
The robust momentum and academic atmosphere at CUHK Medicine have always motivated me in my pursuit of research excellence.
Studying at CUHK has been an exceptional experience.
Diversity and inclusion are welcoming. The learning environment with stalwart researchers conducting world-class studies is altogether compelling. I have access to any study material I need. I am deeply indebted to HKPFS and CUHK for this opportunity to pursue my dreams.
CUHK Business School is the perfect platform for me to grow and flourish as an academic.
The rigorous academic training received from our extraordinary faculty equipped me with high-quality research skills that allow me to engage with global academic networks. Being awarded the HKPFS has been a major achievement and blessing for me.
HK$331,200 (approx. US$42,460) per year
Conference and Research-related Travel Allowance
HK$13,800 (approx. US$1,760) per year
Tuition Fee Waiver
Up to HK$168,400*
Up to HK$100,000*#
1st Year Hostel Fee Waiver and Guaranteed On-campus Accommodation^*
# An award of HK$ 40,000 for lodging in the first year of study and HK$ 20,000 in subsequent years during the normative study period.
^ HKPFS awardees who submit hall applications and complete registration procedures in a timely manner.
- Submit an initial application via the RGC website.
- Each applicant may choose up to two programmes in each application.
RGC application deadline
1 Dec 2023 at 12:00nn (Hong Kong Time)
- Obtain a HKPFS reference number.
- Submit your full application through the CUHK Online Application System and quote the HKPFS reference number.
CUHK application deadline
1 Dec 2023 at 11:59pm (Hong Kong Time)
- Attend interview, if shortlisted.
- RGC announces HKPFS results.