Financial Aid and Scholarship

Postgraduate Studentship

Postgraduate awards in the form of studentships are allocated to qualified full-time postgraduate students of the University, while preference will be given to research postgraduate students, to provide them with financial assistance during the course of their studies. Awards are based on academic merit and the suitability of the applicant for the proposed program of study, as is the selection of applicants for admission to postgraduate studies. Recipients of studentships are required to engage in ancillary teaching and/or research duties in the department, which supplement their formal degree programs. The nature of these assignments may change from time to time according to need. Non-local students should note that they are not allowed to work in Hong Kong, either part-time or full-time.

Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme

To help attract top quality students to pursue PhD studies in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Government has launched a Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) in 2009. The HKPFS, which is publicly-funded and administrated by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC), is an important effort to help enhance the research endeavors of tertiary institutions in Hong Kong.
The HKPFS is open to students worldwide, irrespective of their country of origin and ethnic background. It provides HK$240,000 (~US$30,000) and a conference travel allowance of HK$10,000 (~US$1,300) per year to each awardee for a period of three years. HKUST will provide all HKPFS awardees with the same level of monthly stipend and travel allowance for their fourth year of study.

The 2016-17 round of application is closed. The application for 2017-18 term will be opened in early September, please stay tuned. For more details, please visit the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme webpage of RGC.

HKPFS Awardees’ Sharing



“During the past two years as a HKPFS funded PhD student in the Bioengineering program at HKUST, I have had the opportunity to attend many international and regional research conferences. Hong Kong and the greater Pearl River delta is one of the most innovative regions in the world and often host international conferences. So far, I have attended one conference on molecular probes in Guangzhou and several technology conferences in Hong Kong including the RISE Tech Conference. Additionally, HKUST hosts many conferences through the Institute for Advanced Study such as the Gordon Research conferences every summer. The HKPFS also gives you a small amount of money for attending international conferences abroad which I have used to travel to South Korea, Hawaii and Okinawa Japan. I believe that pursing a PhD is worthwhile because it gives you time to develop an independent scientific mind and the freedom to explore new passions outside the laboratory.”

Nicol Alexander William, admitted to PhD(BIEN) in 2014


“As a 2nd-year Ph.D. student in BIEN program at HKUST, the HKPFS award scheme has not only provided me with sufficient supports in pursuing my own research interests on functional brain activities associated with vection and VIMS, but also ensured plenty of opportunities for me to exchange ideas and learn from other outstanding researchers both within and outside my research fields, which is quite import for keeping a keen and active academic sense. There is no doubt that the support from HKPFS and the training of BIEN program have provide very nice platform for my PG research works and future career in academic. “

Wei Yue, admitted to PhD(BIEN) in 2014

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