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The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

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.

Starting from 2021-22 intake, CUHK provides selected HKPFS candidates with very generous scholarships covering the following:

  • A stipend of HK$26,600 (approx. US$3,410) per month* and a conference travel allowance of HK$13,300 (approx. US$1,700) per year* during the normative study period
  • A tuition fee waiver for the whole normative study period
  • An award of HK$40,000 (approx. US$5,130) for lodging in the first year of study and HK$20,000 in the subsequent years within the normative study period
  • 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

*rate as of the academic year 2020-21

For the details of admissions requirements and application procedures, please visit:

Four Strategic Areas of Research

CUHK aims to become a centre of excellence for cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research with a global impact, seeking to make significant contributions to society by translating research findings into practical applications. Our current research strengths lie in the following four major research areas, incorporating 16 cross-cutting themes.

  1. China Studies
  2. Environment and Sustainability
  3. Information and Automation Technology
  4. Translational Biomedicine

More postgraduate Programmes at CUHK, visit website:

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

About CUHK

CUHK is a highly esteemed, forward-looking comprehensive research university recognised for excellence both regionally and globally. Founded in 1963, it is the second oldest university in Hong Kong with English as the medium of instruction.

We aim at cultivating higher degree graduates to serve the increasingly sophisticated needs of the society and making contributions to the pool of human knowledge through top-quality research.

CUHK Facts and Figures

1 Ranked 43th in the World (QS World University Rankings 2021)
2 Ranked 12th in Asia (QS Asia University Rankings 2021)
3 Most Innovative University in Hong Kong (Reuters’ Asia Pacific’s Most Innovative Universities 2016-2019)
4 The Largest and Greenest Campus in Hong Kong (137.3 hectares), with 9,000+ Hostel Rooms
5 330+ Research Institutes and Centres
6 1,700+ Full-time Teaching Staff
7 7,320 Research Output in 2018-19*
8 HK$930 Million (US$120 Million) External Research Funding in 2018-19
9 270+ Postgraduate Programmes offered by Eight Faculties
10 Annual Intake 7,000+ Postgraduate Students, of which over 50% are Non-local Students
11 13,000+ Postgraduate Students from 40+ Countries/Regions

*Excluding patents


  • QS World University Rankings 2021
  • QS Asia University Ranking 2021
  • World University Rankings 2020
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

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