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PolyU Sports Scholarship Scheme for RPg Students



The PolyU Sports Scholarship Scheme for RPg Students (PSSS) is for entry-level local and international full-time PhD applicants who have a record of sporting success at national and/or international levels.



The main objectives of the PSSS are:

  • to support high-performing sportsmen and women as well as coaches in pursuing full-time PhD studies alongside their training and coaching commitments
  • to nurture academic and sports talents of PhD applicants
  • to provide opportunities for talented sportsmen/women and coaches to bring benefits to the University in their relevant sports areas



There are up to four places on a competitive basis in each academic year.



To be considered for the Scheme, PhD applicants are required to:

  • demonstrate a track record of success in national and international sports performance or coaching (retired sportsmen and women who possess the track record will also be considered)

  • meet the University’s admission requirements for PhD programmes and programme specific requirements (if any)



Successful applicants will receive the PolyU Research Postgraduate Scholarship (PRPgS) with a tuition fee waiver. Outstanding applicants may receive the PolyU Presidential PhD Fellowship (PPPFS). Please refer to the details of the Fellowship/Scholarship schemes here.


A sports travel grant, which will be paid on a reimbursement basis, may be awarded at the discretion of the PSSS Standing Committee to support students to travel for competitive sports events. Well-justified preferential treatment can be offered to students with outstanding sports achievements which may bring benefits to the University.


The scholarship package is subject to the final decision of the Committee.


Application Procedures and Deadlines

  1. An applicant should submit an online application via eAdmission with the following documents by the application deadlines below:
    • supporting documents as required by the host Department/School as listed in e-Prospectus
    • a personal statement including (a) his/her aspirations for PhD study; (b) his/her record of sporting or coaching success at national and/or international levels; (c) how he/she can bring benefits to the University in his/her relevant sports areas; and (d) his/her PhD study and sports development plan
  2. After submission of the online application, the applicant should inform the host department/school of his/her application for PSSS with the PolyU application number obtained from eAdmission.
  3. Shortlisted candidates may be invited for an interview. 
Application Deadlines
Round Application Deadline^ 
First Round By 15 Apr 2023
Second Round* By 15 Aug 2023
Third Round* By 15 Nov 2023

* The number of application rounds will be subject to place availability.

^ Applicants shall follow the application periods and study commencement schedule for the respective admission semesters/terms.


Internal Guidelines & Form for Nomination (for staff access only)

To nominate an applicant, Chief Supervisors, D/SRC and FRC/SB please refer to the call and the PSSS guidelines. The nomination form can be downloaded here



For enquiries about PhD studies, please contact the host department/school.

For enquiries about PSSS, please contact the Graduate School (Tel: 2766 5027 or 2766 5019 / email:



Last update: 29 Sep 2023


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