What is the Fellowship?
Fellowship vs Studentship
Fellowship? Studentship?

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 assigned to the University through the award of Postgraduate Studentships. 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 a research studentship (guaranteed for the first year of their study with a possibility to be renewed in subsequent years subject to their good academic performance); or
  • accepted as PhD students with International Postgraduate Scholarship. The Scholarship offers a research studentship of between 2 to 4 years (depending on the academic qualifications, international exposure and work experience of the applicant) and a waiver of tuition fees for the normal study period.

The following table highlights the major differences between a Fellowship and a Postgraduate Studentship:

 
Fellowship
Postgraduate Studentship
Amount of Monthly Stipend
HK$25,800 for the entire normal study period
HK$17,400
Tuition Waiver Scholarship
Waiving of tuition fees for the entire normal study period
Conference and Research Related Travel Allowance
HK$12,900/year for the entire normal study period
max. of HK$25,000 for the entire study period
*Associated money
HK$20,000/normal study year
HK$20,000/normal study year

*Reference amount only. The Department/School will decide the amount of funding for each individual student on a case-by-case basis.
(HK$1 = approximately US$0.13)