PhD Fellowship Scheme




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Annual stipend of HK$309,600 (approximately US$39,700)


The Department of English of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University together with the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) is seeking international students to apply as new full-time PhD students.

This scheme gives students from around the world the opportunity to study for a PhD at one of Hong Kong’s highly ranked universities. If you are interested in conducting cutting-edge research in one of the following areas, PolyU’s renowned Department of English is the place for you:

  • Language and Professional Communication
  • Linguistics, English Language, and Systemic Functional Linguistics
  • Language Teaching and Learning (including Spanish)
  • Media and Communication
  • Area Studies and Intercultural Communication

The Fellowship provides an annual stipend HK$309,600 (approximately US$39,700) and a conference and research-related travel allowance HK$12,900 (approximately US$1,700) to each awardee for a period of up to three years. More than 200 PhD Fellowships are awarded each academic year. The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) was established by the Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong in 2009.  Please see for more information on the Fellowship scheme.


Applicants should demonstrate outstanding qualities of academic performance (including a high GPA and high honours classification if applicable), research ability (as evidenced by conference and journal publications), strong English communication skills, and leadership abilities. 

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If you are interested in this program, please identify an academic within the Department of English who would be a good match for your research topic ( and write to them well in advance of the deadline (which is usually at the end of November) and explain how your research fits in and extends with their research area. This will allow you to get feedback and submit a strong, well-written research proposal.

Staff in the Department of English at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University have expertise in the following research areas: 1) Language & Professional Communication (including health 2) Language Teaching & Learning (including Spanish); 3) Linguistics, English Language and Systemic Functional Linguistics; 4) Media & Communication; and 5) Area Studies & Intercultural Communication. 


Strong candidates not awarded the Fellowship might be able to enrol in the Teaching Postgraduate Studentship Scheme which will pay PhD candidates to teach. In particular we are looking for candidates with teaching experience in Spanish as a second language. More information


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