The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS)

Hong Kong PhD Fellowship

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The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) was introduced by the Research Grants Council (RGC) of the Hong Kong University Grants Committee (UGC) in 2009.  The Scheme aims at recruiting the best and brightest students with academic excellence, research ability and potential, sound communication and leadership skills from all over the world to pursue their PhD studies in Hong Kong. Every year, one or more candidates nominated by our department, The Department of Electronic and Information Engineering (EIE), has/have been awarded the Fellowship.


The HKPFS awardees will receive ample support in terms of stipend and for research activities such as attending international conferences in their research study areas.  More important, successful HKPFS candidates will have the opportunity to accomplish their research pursuit in The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), one of the excellent world-class universities in Hong Kong.  Our University has been awarded over 200 prestigious PhD Fellowships under this Scheme from more than 40 countries/regions to undertake PhD studies at PolyU!


The Department of Electronic and Information Engineering (EIE) in particular is among one of the much sought-after PolyU engineering departments with state-of-the-art facilities for innovative R&D activities illustrated in various fields of electronic components and systems. EIE strives for excellence in research and aspires to produce high-impact research outputs in selected areas like power electronics, signal processing and artificial intelligence, optical communications, and optoelectronics. Our major research strength and interests are:


  • Future Wireless Networks, Intelligent Energy Systems and IoT
  • Optical Communications and Networks
  • Optics and Photonics
  • Signal Processing and Artificial Intelligence
  • Thin Film Optoelectronics


In 2020/21, apart from the RGC’s HKPFS award for a total stipend of HK$928,800 (for up to three years at HK$309,600 per year) and a total conference and research-related travel allowance of HK$38,700 (up to three years at HK$12,900 per year), successful HKPFS candidates joining PolyU will also receive the following additional support offered exclusive by our University:


  • A waiver of the annual tuition fee of HK$42,100 for the whole study period;
  • A stipend of HK$25,800/month and travel allowance of HK$12,900/year during the fourth year of study for awardees with a four-year normal study period; and
  • Guaranteed hall accommodation for the two years of study.


You may visit the following webpages for more details of The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme:


RGC page

PolyU page