What is the Fellowship?
Fellowship vs Scholarship
Fellowship? Scholarship?

Applicants for admission to PhD programmes at PolyU via the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme established by the RGC will concurrently be considered for regular places through PolyU fellowship / scholarship schemes. Outstanding candidates will be nominated by the University to compete for the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme.

Once the applicants are nominated by PolyU to RGC as candidates for HKPFS, they are accepted as PhD students with the award of:

  • the PolyU Presidential PhD Fellowship Scheme (PPPFS); or
  • the PolyU Research Postgraduate Scholarship (PRPgS).

The award of the fellowship / scholarship is guaranteed for the first year of their study with a possibility to be renewed in subsequent years subject to their good academic performance.

The following table highlights the major differences among HKPFS, PPPFS and PRPgS:

 
Hong Kong PhD Fellowship
Scheme (HKPFS)
PolyU Presidential PhD
Fellowship Scheme (PPPFS)
PolyU Research Postgraduate
Scholarship (PRPgS)
Amount of Monthly
Stipend
HK$26,900 for the entire normal study period
HK$26,600 for the entire normal study period
HK$18,100 for the entire normal study period
Research Excellence
Scholarship
Waiving of tuition fees for the entire normal study period
Waiving of tuition fees for the entire normal study period
Waiving of tuition fees for the entire normal study period (for selected HKPFS nominees)
Conference and Research
Related Travel Allowance
HK$13,500/year for the entire normal study period
HK$25,000 for the entire study period
HK$25,000 for the entire study period
Cash Award
HK$40,000 in the first year
HK$20,000 from the second year to end of normal study period
HK$40,000 in the first year
HK$20,000 from the second year to end of normal study period

*Reference amount only. The Department/School will decide the amount of funding for each individual student on a case-by-case basis.
(US$1 = approximately HK$7.8)