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Stipend and support for the most talented research elites

A generous package for recipients of:

HKU Presidential PhD Scholar Programme (HKU-PS) 

• Applicable to : selected full-time PhD entrants
• Funding value: up to HK$1.6M

Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPF)*
*The package for recipients of HKPF will be automatically upgraded to an
HKU-PS one.


Each HKU Presidential PhD Scholar receives:Cash award to support research & living expensesCash Award to support research & living expenses
HK$40,000 in Year 1; HK$20,000/year for the
remaining normative study period
Conference & Research-related Travel Allowance
Conference & Research-related Travel Allowance
of HK$13,300/year
Postgraduate Scholarship (PGS)
Postgraduate Scholarship (PGS)
of HK$26,600/month
Waiver of Tuition Fees
Waiver of Tuition Fees 
for the whole normative study period (i.e. HK$42,100/year)
Guaranteed Accommodation in Year 1
Guaranteed Accommodation in Year 1
Hall place guaranteed in Year 1, with possibility of renewal in Year 2
Additional support from HKU Science
Additional support from HKU Science
The Faculty’s Doctoral Entrance Award of HK$15,000 in Year 1


For non HKU-PS / non-HKPF Research Postgraduate (RPg) students

Postgraduate Scholarship (PGS)
- Applicable to: full-time MPhil and PhD applicants
- Funding value: Value: HKD18,030/month or HK$18,520/month#
Tuition Waiver Scheme
(for local RPg students)
#for PhD students whose candidatures have been confirmed 


More information about HKU Presidential PhD Scholar Programme (HKU-PS) & Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPF):

HKU Presidental PhD Scholarship (HKU-PS)
As a part of the HKU Presidential PhD Scholar Programme, a prestigious scholarship package, namely, the HKU Presidential PhD Scholarship, is offered to attract top candidates from around the world to pursue full-time PhD studies at HKU.

The HKU Presidential PhD Scholars will receive strong academic and training support from the University, e.g. individualised advisory service, training in teaching, chances to rotate among different research labs/disciplines, and more opportunities to interact with leading scholars. A group of distinguished Faculty members will also give advice, provide additional mentorship and training opportunities, and oversee the academic career paths.
Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPF)
Established in 2009 by the Research Grants Council (RGC), the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) aims at attracting the best and brightest students in the world to pursue their PhD programmes in Hong Kong’s universities.

Those who are seeking admission as new full time PhD students in Hong Kong universities funded by the University Grants Committee (UGC), 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.

In HKU, the package of recipients of HKPF will be automatically upgraded to an HKU-PS one.


For more details, please visit:  Research Postgraduate Fellowship/Scholarship


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