HONG KONG PhD FELLOWSHIP (KHPF) SCHEME
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 135 PhD Fellowships will be awarded to all institutions in each academic year. For the 2017-18 exercise, application starts on September 1, 2016 (noon).
To discourage plagiarism, the RGC requests institutions to conduct plagiarism checking on all nominated applications before submitting their nominations to the RGC. Applicants should make sure that their application materials do not contain any plagiarised materials, in particular the research proposal & past research experience and vision statements which are expected to be an original piece of work written by the applicant.
New applicants to full-time PhD programmes in government-funded institutions in Hong Kong, irrespective of their country of origin and ethnic background, are eligible to apply. Applicants should demonstrate outstanding academic performance, research ability/potential, communication and interpersonal skills, and leadership abilities.
The HKPF provides each awardee with a monthly scholarship of HK$20,000* and a conference and research related travel allowance of HK$10,000 per year for a period up to three years. For HKPF awardees who are admitted to a 4-year PhD programme in 2017-18, the University will provide a monthly scholarship and travel allowance at the same level as the HKPF for their fourth year of study.
1. Certificates and transcripts of undergraduate and postgraduate studies
The official certificates and complete official transcripts of your undergraduate and postgraduate studies should also be provided if it contains information on the grading system.
2. Statement of research interest or research proposal
In general, a statement of research interest or a research proposal should include your reasons for undertaking graduate work at HKU while a research proposal should include the background, the objectives and the methodology/approach you propose to take in studying the subject matter.
3. Two academic referee’s reports
Two academics who are familiar with your academic achievements will be invited to complete the online academic referee’s report for you. Please provide the details of referees, including the email address. Authentication may be carried out and your application may be disqualified if forged reports are found.
4. Official score report of one of the following English language proficiency tests
The English language proficiency requirements of different faculties are detailed as follows:
(a) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (taken within a two-year period) (Institution code: 9671; Department code: 99)
|Paper-based test||– An overall score of 550 or above- Additional requirement for applicants to the Faculty of Arts except the School of Chinese and the Centre of Buddhist Studies: 4 or above in the Test of Written English (TWE)|
|Internet-based test||– An overall score of 80 or above- Additional requirement for applicants to the Faculty of Arts except the School of Chinese and the Centre of Buddhist Studies: 25 or above in the Writing section|
(Note: Applicants who took the TOEFL should request the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send an official score report to the University direct. Original or certified copy of the Examinee’s score record will not be accepted.)
(b) International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (taken within a two-year period)
Faculty of Arts except the Centre of Buddhist Studies : Band 7 with no subtest lower than 5.5
Other Faculties: Band 6 with no subtest lower than 5.5 TOEFL/IELTS score report cannot be substituted by CET-6/TEM-8
(c) Overseas General Certificate of Education (GCE)
(d) International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)
(e) Cambridge Test of Proficiency in English Language (CPE)
All Faculties: Grade C or above
5. Official score report of the GMAT or GRE (taken within a five-year period) (ONLY for applicants to the Faculty of Business & Economics) (Institution codes: GMAT – FS2-WL-48; GRE – 2482)
6. Official score report of the GRE Subject Test in Psychology (taken within a five-year period) with a minimum score of 550(ONLY for applicants to the Department of Psychology if they do not have a first degree in Psychology) (Institution code: GRE – 2482)
*and some other documents
Other documents which the applicants would like to bring to the attention of the University, e.g. list of publications, documentary evidence of academic awards received and professional qualifications, and summary of relevant experience.
Applicants need to submit the documents before doing the online registration. The deadline for submitting an initial application to RGC is December 1, 2016 at Hong Kong Time 12:00:00 (GMT +8 hours). Please click here for RGC on-line initial application.
For more information please visit their website: https://cerg1.ugc.edu.hk/hkpfs/index.html
** Applicants may directly apply to the respective website. Once you are SELECTED, you NEED to inform your personal data to Office of International Affairs, UGM (Bulaksumur F-13) .