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Biomedical Research @HKU LKS Faculty of Medicine

Biomedical Research
@HKU LKS Faculty of Medicine

The Li Ka Sing Faculty of Medicine of the University of Hong Kong invites applications from high caliber students for research studies (for the degrees of Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy) in three rounds of admission exercises each year.

132 years of medical education history.

Outstanding grants and publication records.

Partnerships and exchange opportunities with world-class universities and research institutions.

Multi-disciplinary research in a wide spectrum of clinical and basic sciences research areas including ageing, biomedical engineering, cancer, development & reproduction, drug, genomics, infection & immunology, neurosciences, public health, stem cell & regenerative medicine, cardio-metabolic diseases, etc.

The Faculty has made tremendous contributions to the study and treatment of diseases. The high quality work our researchers publish has resulted in 53 of them being listed among the top 1% of scientists in their fields (ISI Essential Science Indicators).

As the longest established institution in higher education and the top university of Hong Kong (THE 2019, QS 2019 & ARWU 2018), our students work within the Faculty’s state-of-the-art research facilities amongst a network of over 500 full-time teaching staff, 600 research staff and 800 research postgraduate students.

Biomedical Research @HKU LKS Faculty of Medicine

Opportunities Available

HKU Presidential PhD Scholarship (HKU-PS) : The University has launched this prestigious new scholarship scheme starting from the admission year 2020-21 to attract top candidates from around the world to pursue full-time PhD studies at HKU. Each Presidential Scholar will receive a package of up to HK$ 404,000 (~US $51,500) in the first year, and up to HK$384,000 (~US$ 49,000) in each of the subsequent years during the normative study period.

The package includes:

  • Cash award to support research and living expenses: HK$40,000 (~US$ 5,100) in year 1; HK$20,000 (~US$ 2,500) per year in the remaining normative study period;
  • Waiver of composition fees for the whole normative study period, i.e. HK$42,100 (~US$ 5,400) per year;
  • Postgraduate scholarship of HK $25,800 (~US$ 3,300) per month;
  • Conference and research-related travel allowance of HK12,900 (~US$ 1,600) per year; and
  • A Guaranteed hall place in year 1, with possibility of renewal in year 2.

The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship (HKPF) is a prestigious award established by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) to recruit the best and brightest students of any country of origin to pursue PhD study in Hong Kong.

Awardees will be provided with a stipend of HK $309,600 (~US $39,500) and travel allowance of HK $12,900 (~US $1,600) per year to a maximum period of three years.

HKPF awardees will also be entitled to:

  • the Faculty's Doctoral Entrance Scholarship for Medical Research Excellence of HK $40,000 (~US $5,100) in their first year of study;
  • guaranteed hall place for their first year of study with possibility of renewal in the second year;
  • for awardees who are non-local full-time students, the composition fees of HK $42,100 (~US $5,400) will be waived for their first year of study; and
  • for awardees admitted into the 4-year PhD programme, a monthly scholarship and travel allowance at the same level as the HKPF will be provided in their fourth year of study.

Postgraduate Scholarships (PGS): HK $199,920 (~US $25,500) per year offered to eligible full-time MPhil/PhD candidates.

Tuition Waiver Scheme: Composition fees of HK $42,100 (~US $5,400) per year will be waived for all local full-time MPhil/PhD candidates.

University Postgraduate Fellowships (UPF): HK $70,000 (~US $9,000) offered to selected full-time PhD candidates with excellent academic record on top of the Postgraduate Scholarships.

Some of Our Current Projects

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Application Deadlines (Hong Kong Time)

Main Round / HKPF / UPF:

  • Dec 2, 2019 noon

1st Clearing Round

  • Apr 30, 2020

2nd Clearing Round

  • Aug 31, 2020

Further Information

Potential applicants are encouraged to find out more about the research areas offered from the Research Postgraduate Prospectus and contact the relevant supervisors prior to submitting an application.

Enquiries: [email protected]

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