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The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

Unlock a World of Opportunities with a CUHK PhD

Ranked 36th in the world and 10th in Asia, CUHK is a highly esteemed, forward-looking comprehensive research university recognised for excellence both regionally and globally. Since 1963, CUHK has been reimagining education, innovating and delivering lasting impact. It is the second oldest university in Hong Kong with English as the major medium of instruction.

CUHK is an erudite place where succeeding generations of faculty, students and alumni come together to inquire, innovate and leave a lasting influence on our society. CUHK’s programmes have achieved top positions in Hong Kong and rank among the top 50 in the world. Many of our scholars are globally renowned experts who have made significant breakthroughs in their respective research areas. We offer a wide array of PhD programmes through 8 Faculties: Arts, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Science, and Social Science.

Admissions for the 2025-2026 intake will start from September 2024. Join our mailing list and follow us on LinkedIn for updates.

Creating Boundless Impact through Research Excellence

CUHK always dares to chart the uncharted and blaze new trails. With the support of a wide array of over 300 research institutes and research centres and five State Key Laboratories, CUHK has long promoted interdisciplinary research excellence on local, national and international levels. From revolutionary research in innovative biomedicine, to achieving breakthroughs in information sciences, and connecting the world with Chinese society and culture, this inventive mindset is the CUHK way. Our world-class library and cutting-edge research facilities also provide abundant resources and support, empowering you to develop as an all-round academic researcher.

Generous Financial Assistance through Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme

The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS), established by the Research Grants Council (RGC) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, aims to attract the best and brightest students from across the globe to pursue their PhD studies in Hong Kong universities.

CUHK provides selected HKPFS candidates with generous financial assistance totalling up to HK$1.75 million (over US$224,200)* covering the following:

  • A monthly stipend of HK$28,100 (~ US$3,600)* and a conference travel allowance of HK$14,000 (~ US$1,790)* per year
  • A tuition fee waiver of up to HK$168,400 (~ US$21,600)*
  • An award of HK$40,000 (~ US$5,130)* for lodging in the first year of study and HK$20,000 (~ US$2,560)* in the subsequent years
  • An on-campus hostel fee waiver in the first year of study
  • Guaranteed on-campus accommodation throughout the normative study period for HKPFS awardees who submit timely applications

* The rate is applicable for students admitted in the 2025–26 intake and will be available to those students within their normative study period.

1 Ranked 36th in the World (QS World University Rankings 2025)
2 Ranked 10th in Asia (Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings 2024)
3 Ranked 1st in Hong Kong (Best Global Universities in Asia, US News & World Report 2024-2025)
4 The most innovative university in Hong Kong (Reuters’ Asia Pacific’s Most Innovative Universities 2016–2019)
5 The largest campus in Hong Kong (138.4 hectares) with 9,500+ hostel places
6 Approx. 300 Research Institutes and Centres
7 Approx. 1,700 full-time teaching staff
8 HK$441 million (~US$57 million) scholarships and financial aid to students in 2022–23

Information in 2024, unless otherwise specified.

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

Application Timeline for 2025 - 26 Admission

HKPFS/ Main Round 1 September 2023 – 1 December 2024*
Clearing Round 2 December 2024 – 31 March 2025

* Subject to final announcement by the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong (RGC).

Some programmes may have application deadlines different from the above. Please visit here for more details.

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