The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS)
Hong Kong PhD Fellowship
Sharing from EIE HKPFS students
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, multimedia digital signal processing, optical communications, biophotonics and optoelectronics. Our major research strength and interests are:
Apart from the RGC’s HKPFS award for a total stipend of HK$720,000 (for up to three years at HK$240,000 per year) and a total conference and research-related travel allowance of HK$30,000 (up to three years at HK$10,000 per year), successful HKPFS candidates joining PolyU will also receive the following additional support offered exclusive by our University:
You may visit the following for more details of The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme:
Mr AZAD, Abul-kalam
Country of Origin: Bangladesh
Awardee of the HK PhD Fellowship Scheme 2012/13
As a cosmopolitan city, Hong Kong welcomes people from different diversity irrespective of their race, gender, ethnicity and culture. The diversity of food and culture, natural beauty of islands and beaches, and hospitality of local people attract tourists towards this lively city. Education system of Hong Kong is one of the best in the world. Including Hong Kong Polytechnic University, five out of eight universities in Hong Kong are in the top 100 of the QS World University Rankings. The competitive scholarships such as Hong Kong PhD fellowship, education quality and research facilities attract students to Hong Kong from every corner of the world.
Mr KITAVI, Dominic Makaa
Country of Origin: Kenya
Awardee of the HK PhD Fellowship Scheme 2014/15
Studying in Hong Kong has given me a wide experience in my both academic and social life. The cosmopolitan region has provided me with an opportunity to interact with people from all-over the world, and I have learnt a lot from the different cultures. The environment is friendly, and the security status of the region is commendable. On the academic life, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University provided the greatest support which any researcher would need: the well-equipped library, the high subscription to journals, the availability of highly qualified staff, and the great financial support in research; provided me with a very ample opportunity to do research, and to successfully complete my PhD in a reasonably good time.
Mr XUE, Tianbo
Country of Origin: China
Awardee of the HK PhD Fellowship Scheme 2015/16
Hong Kong is a lively cosmopolitan city with diverse cultures. Living in Hong Kong is an amazing experience. I can always enjoy the comfortable sea wind and fantastic views of the Hong Kong skyline along the Victoria Harbour. There are many world-class universities, internationally renowned scholars and well-developed research network in Hong Kong. I am thankful to HKPFS for providing me the precious opportunity to live comfortably and focus on my research.
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University offers an international environment that every research student looks forward to. The department is equipped with everything I need for my academic research and encourages me to make the best use of the resources. My supervisor holds regular meetings with me every week with an aim to improving my research and technical skills. All professors and staff here are very nice and they make me feel at home. Besides, I have the opportunity to attend international conferences with HKPFS and PolyU’s support.
As for experiencing Hong Kong, there are many hiking trails, beautiful beaches and small islands to explore. I can easily get around the city conveniently due to the efficient and extensive public transportation network.
Hong Kong is one of the most fascinating and exciting places for both study and living. I believe choosing PolyU for my PhD is one of the wisest decisions I have ever made.
Mr MELNIKOV, Alex
Country of Origin: Russia
Awardee of the HK PhD Fellowship Scheme 2015/16
Hong Kong is the unique Asia’s world city, having more world-class universities (per unit area) than any other city in the world. This pool of highly renowned tertiary institutions, offering the ultramodern research facilities and ability to learn from the brightest minds in the scientific world, makes this city the true capital of science.
The fact that research activities in Hong Kong receives an extensive support from the both governmental and non-statutory sources, is a clear evidence of the broad provision, given by the society, for the universities in their focus on knowledge-creation and quality of life enhancement.
This extensive care provided to the science and research, the unique opportunity to take part in intense competition for prestigious Hong Kong PhD Fellowship award as well as the chance to grasp a rare opportunity to study in such a vibrant place, where just one step lies between the academic research and the real-life applications, were among the most important factors affected my choice in favour of Hong Kong as a place for my PhD studies… and, in fact, I’ve never had a chance to regret my choice.
Mr MORRIS, Zakayo Ndiku
Country of Origin: Kenya
Awardee of the HK PhD Fellowship Scheme 2016/17
The prestigious HKPFS is a life time opportunity that any student should desire, the associated funding creates a conducive environment for scholars to unleash their full potential. Thanks to HKPFS, through its support I found my way to Hong Kong and precisely at PolyU, a wonderful place to be.
It has been only one year in PolyU but I can attest that my academic and social life has been positively transformed. The adequate resources including the 24-hour world-class library, extra-ordinary guidance and support from my chief supervisor have all shaped my research experience.
My department (EIE) and PolyU in general has the best and yet VERY friendly staff, this makes it easy for international students to adapt Hong Kong life, it is a “family” away from home. PolyU is indeed a hub for academic excellence.