College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS)

The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS), established by the Research Grants Council (RGC) of the HKSAR Government, aims at attracting the best and brightest students in the world to pursue their research degree programs in Hong Kong's institutions.

What’s Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme?

Why study at CityU?

Ranking and Research Performance

According to Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings 2024,
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024 and Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS) 2023


The CityU campus sits in the heart of Kowloon peninsula, just a short walk from the Kowloon Tong station of the Mass Transit Railway (MTR), at the junction of East Rail and Kwun Tong lines. The campus is easily accessible from all parts of Hong Kong and is only 45 minutes by train from Shenzhen and 2 hours from Guangzhou, both major cities in southern China.

Scholarships and Awards

In addition to the RGC Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Award, i.e. a monthly stipend of HK$27,100 (~US$3,474) and conference and research related travel allowance of HK$13,600 (~US$1,744), each awardee of the Fellowship of CityU will also receive the "Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies Entrance Scholarships" (around HK$85,296/~USD10,935) which covers student's full-time tuition fees and on-campus hostel accommodation expenses in their 1st year of research studies. Various types of financial support will be provided to eligible students to undertake research related activities and to attend international academic conferences.

High Quality of Research and Good Learning Environment

Demonstrating the high standards of its knowledgeable faculty members, CLASS research also stands out in Hong Kong with its high quality and large volume of output. For example, 11 research monographs and 107 chapters were published, faculty members gave 217 refereed conference papers and were invited to present papers on 76 occasions in the 2015/16 academic year.

Good PhD student-supervisor relationship definitely facilitates student’s studies. CLASS faculty members provide students with appropriate advice, mentoring and guidance. Prospective PhD students may contact the academic staff in your research field.

Who’s here?

There are nearly 3,000+ undergraduate students and 2,000+ postgraduate students in CLASS. Many of our professors worked at top universities in Australia, the UK, the US and other parts of the world before they joined CLASS.

Where are our HKPFS students come from?

Sharing from HKPFS Awardees

Andrea Gudmundsdottir
Department of Media and Communication
HKPFS Awardee 2016-17

I learnt about CLASS from my Master’s thesis supervisor in the Netherlands. I was excited about CityU because my supervisor had the same research interest and CityU was the first one to confirm my acceptance. I am also pleased with the generous Hong Kong PhD Fellowship grant.

Yee Man Yvette To
Department of Public and International Affairs
(formerly Department of Asian and International Studies)
HKPFS Awardee 2015-16
Winner of CLASS Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition 2017 – Thesis title: The Politics of Intellectual Property Transition in China

Hong Kong is an ideal location for China studies. Faculty members in CLASS are renowned scholars from countries all over the world, which enhances global thinking of our students. I often participate in talks/seminars organised by CLASS as international scholars are invited to share with students.

Research Degrees Programmes

The University has approved the following research areas for the purpose of admission of research degree students in the College:

For application details, please go to the website of Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies.
Please visit the corresponding website of the following departments for a more comprehensive list of areas in which postgraduate research may be undertaken: