Complete Your PhD in Asia World City
This scheme gives students from around the world the opportunity to study for a PhD at one of Hong Kong’s highly ranked universities. If you are interested in conducting cutting-edge research in one of the following areas, PolyU’s renowned Department of English and Communication is the place for you:
How to Apply
You should make your initial application to the Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong through the Fellowship Scheme’s online system to obtain a reference number before submitting a full application. When you apply for admission to the PolyU, via the Fellowship Scheme, you will be considered concurrently for a regular place assigned to the University through the award of a Postgraduate Studentship. This means that even if your application for the Fellowship Scheme is unsuccessful, you still have the possibility of gaining a regular place in the Department of English.
- hold a postgraduate degree containing a significant research component, such as a dissertation, conferred by a recognised university OR
- have a Bachelor’s degree with First Class Honours, or the equivalent, conferred by a recognised university;
fulfill one of the following English language requirements if your degree is NOT from a university using English as Medium of Instruction (EMI):
- an overall score of at least 6.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or
- at least 550 in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for the paper-based test, or at least 80 in the internet-based test.
Submission of Initial Application
You can only make ONE initial application to the RGC through the HKPFS Electronic System to obtain a HKPFS reference number by 1 December 2021 at Hong Kong Time 12:00 (GMT +8 hours). You must indicate your preference on the institutions if you wish to apply for two institutions, instead of one. No change to the choice of institutions/preference is allowed after the submission of application.
Submission of Full Application to PolyUYou should then submit a full application to no more than two institutions by quoting the HKPFS reference number. If you choose two PolyU programmes in the initial application, you need to submit a separate full application for EACH chosen programme to PolyU. An application fee is required for each full application. Submission of full applications to PolyU should be made via the eAdmission System by 1 December 2021 at Hong Kong Time 23:59 (GMT +8 hours).
Warm reminder: Your application to the HKPFS is also regarded as a formal application for PhD admission to the chosen institution(s).
The primary consideration is academic excellence, as indicated by the possession of a Master’s degree or, in exceptional cases, a Bachelor’s degree with First Class Honours. Selection panels also take account of the following factors:
Research ability and potential
Communication and interpersonal skills
I have enjoyed life and work in Hong Kong immensely thus far; the city is one of the most vibrant and convenient places I have ever lived in. Studying at PolyU is equally rewarding: first rate resources coupled with supportive work practices bode well for a comfortable working environment.
Jamie McKeown, United Kingdom
Didem Aydin, Turkey
Esterina Nervino, Italy
Mark Nartey, Ghana