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Established by the Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong in 2009, the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) is seeking international students to apply as new full-time PhD students in UGC-funded universities. Applicants should demonstrate outstanding qualities of academic performance (including a high GPA and high honors classification if applicable), research ability (as evidenced by conference and journal publications), strong English communication skills, and leadership abilities. Please see for more information. 

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. If you are interested in this program, please write to the academic you would like to supervise you 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 communication); 2) Language Teaching & Learning; 3) Linguistics, English Language and Systemic Functional Linguistics; 4) Media & Communication; 5) Area Studies and Intercultural Communication. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact relevant members in the Department to discuss their research proposal ( ).

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