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Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme

General Information Why HKBU Application Procedure



The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS), established by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) in 2009, aims at attracting the best and brightest students from all over the world to pursue their PhD studies in Hong Kong.

Fellowship Award

  • HKPFS Nominees
    Started from 2020, the Department offers HK$960,000 (approx. US$123,000) to RPg students who have been successfully nominated by the University under HKPFS during 4-year study. Total Conference and Research-related Travel Allowance is HK$60,000 (approx. US$7,800) during the 4-year study.
  • HKPFS Awardees
    Upon successful admission to our department's PhD programme via HKPFS, awardees will be offered HK$1,920,000 (approx. US$246,000).

    Entrance Award * HK$25,000 per awardee;

    Stipend (tax-free) # HK$480,000 (approx. US$62,000) per year for four years;

    Procurement of research materials, books, equipment, etc * HK$25,000 per year for a maximum of 3 years;

    Tuition Waiver ^ First year tuition waiver (HK$42,100); tuition waivers for second, third and fourth year of study are subject to satisfactory academic progress;

    Conference and Research-related Travel Allowance +

    HK$155,400 (approx. US$20,000) during 4-year study;

    Accommodation ^

    Guarantee for first year on a request basis

    # HK$957,600 offered by RGC and remaining offered by HKBU and Department of Computer Science subject to satisfactory performance
    * Offered by RGC
    ^ Offered by Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU)
    + Jointly offered by RGC, HKBU and Department of Computer Science


Those who are seeking admission as new full-time PhD students, irrespective of their country of origin 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.

Selection Criteria

While the academic excellence is of prime consideration, the Review Panels will take into account, but is not limited to, the six yardsticks below for the selection of candidates:
  • Academic excellence;
  • Research ability and potential;
  • Institutional Support;
  • Cultural Diversity;
  • Leadership ability and societal responsibility; and
  • Communication, interpersonal skills.

Entrance and English Proficiency Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the PhD degree programme should possess:
  (a) a master's degree from a recognized university or comparable institution; or
  (b) any other qualification deemed by the Graduate School of HKBU to be acceptable for this purpose.

Candidates under paragraph (b) may be required to take a qualifying examination, in which event their progress shall be reported to the Graduate School at the end of their first year of study.

For applicants from non-English speaking universities, unless they provide proof that English is the language of instruction, they are required to provide score results of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IETLS). This requirement is exempted if applicants' proposed PhD studies/programmes are specifically in non-English medium, e.g. in Chinese language. The TOEFL institution code of HKBU is 9467.
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