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Fully-Funded PhD Opportunities @
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Established in 1991, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is a world-renowned research-focused university. Capitalizing on the well-established disciplinary foundation (Science, Engineering, Business, Humanities and Social Science, and Interdisciplinary Programs) on the Hong Kong campus; the HKUST Guangzhou Campus is targeted to open in September 2022 and will engage in a cross-disciplinary academic exploration to nurture well-rounded graduates with a global vision, strong entrepreneurial spirit and innovative thinking.

In concert with the preparatory work for the establishment of the Guangzhou campus, HKUST has rolled out a Pilot Scheme Admission on Hong Kong campus for HKUST(Guangzhou) to start enrolling research postgraduate students (RPg) since 2019/20.

HKUST offers a range of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs in a wide-ranging disciplines. For program details, please visit here.

The University is now calling for application for admission in September 2022.

Why Study at HKUST?

  • Worldwide Recognition: Ranked 2nd among the World’s Top Young Universities in QS World University Rankings, 2021 and 34th among the World’s Top Universities in QS World University Rankings, 2022.
  • Global Student Community: 5,600+ postgraduate students from over 60 countries and regions, among whom over 70% come from outside Hong Kong.
  • Strong Team of International Faculty: Over 710 faculty at HKUST, coming from more than 35 countries, and all are PhD holders from leading universities.
  • Research Excellence: Ranked 1st in terms of world leading and internationally excellent research work among the universities in Hong Kong according to the Research Assessment Exercise 2020 of the University Grants Committee.
  • English as Medium of Instruction: For both Hong Kong and Guangzhou campuses.
  • Exciting Dual-Degree PhD Opportunities: Students can make use of the complementary expertise and state-of-the-art equipment from both the Hong Kong and Guangzhou campuses to pursue dual-degree PhD opportunities and carry out cross-disciplinary research work, with one co-supervisor from each campus. Only one thesis is required for the dual-degree.

Generous Scholarships Available for PhD Studies

HKUST provides generous scholarships for students to pursue full-time PhD studies, covering tuition fees, accommodation fees and living costs.

For Admission to Hong Kong Campus:

  • Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS): An internationally recognized award for PhD students established by the Hong Kong Government. The application will be closed on 1st December 2021. HKPFS awardees will receive:
    • Stipend: HK$322,800 (~US$41,400) per year for 4 years;
    • HKUST RedBird PhD Scholarship: A Recruitment Scholarship of HK$40,000 (~US$5,100) in the first year and an Academic Excellence Scholarship of HK$20,000 (~US$2,550) per year, in the following years, subject to the academic performance; and
    • Conference Travel Allowance: HK$13,500 (~US$1,730) per year for 4 years.
  • Postgraduate Studentship: HK$216,360 (~US$27,700) per year for up to 4 years for full-time PhD students.
  • RedBird PhD Award:
    • A Recruitment Award for new PhD students, with HK$40,000 (~US$5,100) and a waiver of tuition fee in the first year.
    • An Academic Excellence Award for current PhD students, in recognition of their outstanding performance and research capacity, with HK$20,000 (~US$2,550) per year, in the following years subject to the academic performance.
  • Guaranteed University Accommodation: For full-time PhD students in the first two years of research studies at HKUST.
Fully-Funded PhD Opportunities

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  • Apply For the HK PhD Fellowship Scheme
  • Admission to Hong Kong Campus
  • Admission to HKUST Guangzhou Pilot Scheme
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