Hong Kong, one of the top study destination in the world offers a number of top courses in the world. Top universities in Hong Kong feature among the top places to study social sciences and management, engineering and technology, natural sciences as well as arts and humanities.
Education being quite expensive, the Hong Kong government, as well as the universities offer a number of top Scholarships to Study in Hong Kong to help the eligible aspirants get a chance to study. The scholarships in Hong Kong usually cover the tuition fee and pay for the living expenses for the duration of the study.
HKSAR Government Scholarships Fund – As the top universities in Hong Kong have gained popularity in the world rankings, aspirants from all over the world have yearned to study in Hong Kong. In an attempt to attract international students to pursue higher education in Hong Kong, the government offers scholarships in Hong Kong at selected institutions. Each year, the Hong Kong Government distributes money to nine institutions (eight University Grants Committee-funded institutions and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA)) which offer full-time publicly-funded programmes at degree or higher levels to study in Hong Kong. The scholarship amount offered is $40,000 per annum for local students and $80,000 per annum for international students. Since the academic year 2012/13, the government of Hong Kong has offered up to ten targeted scholarships to first-year international full-time students from ASEAN countries, India and Korea. These scholarships in Hong Kong are offered to students enrolled in publicly-funded higher education programmes.
The Hong Kong, China-APEC Scholarship, Talent Development Scholarship and Reaching Out Award, Endeavour Merit Award
The selection criteria for the scholarship includes excellent academic records as well as extracurricular interests as listed below.Aspirants of full-time publicly-funded degree or higher level programmes should have:
excellent performance in academic studies;
recognized contribution to the institution/society;
demonstrated leadership and good communication skills; and/or
a strong commitment to the Hong Kong community
Aspirants of full-time publicly-funded sub-degree courses
high standard of academic performance;
demonstration of leadership and good communication skills;
valuable contribution to the institution/community; and/or
strong commitment to the Hong Kong community
City University of Hong Kong
One of the well-known scholarships to in Hong Kong is offered by the City University of Hong Kong (CityU). It is one of the eight University Grants Committee-funded institutions in the HKSAR. The PhD fellowship established by the Research Grants Council invites students from all over the world to pursue research and PhD at CityU.
Aspirants for this fellowship should satisfy the following requirements:
hold a higher degree by research (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university; or
hold a taught Master’s degree (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university; or
hold a Bachelor’s degree with first class honours (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university.
Applicants from non-English speaking countries have to prove their English Language Proficiency Score through IELTS or TOEFL
Entrance Scholarship Scheme
International students with excellent academic performance can receive the Entrance Scholarship Scheme at CityU. This scholarship in Hong Kong is offered to students who are admitted to full-time government-funded undergraduate degree programmes.
Three kinds of scholarships are offered under this scheme:
Top Scholarships of HK$180,000 (approximately US$23,000). This amount covers the annual tuition fees for the course, on-campus accommodation and living expenses for the duration of the course
Full Tuition Scholarships. The amount covers annual tuition fees of approximately US$18,000; and
Half Tuition Scholarships. The amount covers half of the annual tuition fees of approximately US$9,000Candidates do not have to apply for the Entrance Scholarship Scheme. It offered based on merit Scholarship awardees are required to maintain a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.2 or above during each year of the period study for the scholarship to be continued
Student Athletes Admission Scheme (SAAS)
The Student Development Services (SDS) CityU offers a special scholarship in Hong Kong to international athletes called the Student Athletes Admission Scheme (SAAS). The scholarship was introduced in 1997 and continues to date. With the scholarship, CityU intends to attract high performing international athletes to CityU and further enhance the performance of our sports teams.Scholarship categoriesTwo categories of scholarships are offered:
Outstanding Athletes Entrance Scholarship for International / Continental Level (HK$160,000 per annum)
Outstanding Athletes Entrance Scholarship for Regional Level (HK$20,000 per annum)
Candidates can download the brochure here
Hong Kong Baptist University
HKSAR Government Talent Development Scholarship (TDS)
With an intention to develop the talents of students in multiple areas, the HKSAR government has instituted a Talent Development Scholarship (TDS) to encourage aspirants who have showcased talent in non -academic areas to study in Hong Kong.
The Talent Development Scholarship aims to award HK$10,000 to local and international undergraduate students pursuing a program funded by the UGC. Candidates who have demonstrated talent in any of the following categories will be considered for this scholarship in Hong Kong.
Sports and games;
Music and performing arts;
Culture, arts and design; or
Innovation, science and technology
In order to encourage students to develop their talents in other areas in addition to their academic study, the Talent Development Scholarship (TDS) was established by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government to give recognition to students who have demonstrated achievement or talent in non-academic areas and provide support for them to further develop their talent and potential.EligibilityThe eligibility conditions for this scholarship in Hong Kong are:
The candidates should have scored a CGPA of 2.50 or above after their first semester (2018/2019).
The study in Hong Kong aspirants should also showcase achievements during the current period (1 January 2015 to present) in the areas above mentioned. Additionally, the candidate should have also:
(a) received an award in national or regional competitions / performances; or represented their institution or association in national or regional competitions / performances and have good recommendation / assessment by the institution or relevant organization on the capability or talent; or(b) received an award (except commendable award in recognition of participation) in local/ inter-school/ inter-institution competitions.
TDS is not awarded to students who only participate in the activities. These activities which make a candidate ineligible of the scholarship in Hong Kong include:
Being a team member/committee member of a school team/ club/ society
Intra-school/ intra-institution activities
Work-related activities (e.g. internship/ helpers or workers of an event etc. )
Examinations on musical instruments
Language proficiency tests (e.g. IELTS, TOEFL etc.)
TDS may be awarded multiple times to an aspirant during the course of the studies. Deadline: The Deadline for application is 25 January 2019
Aspirants can access the online application form here
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Undergraduate Admission Scholarships
CUHK offers scholarships in Hong Kong to undergraduate students (local and international) based on outstanding academic and extracurricular performance. The applicants are not required to specifically apply for the scholarship. All new students are evaluated for this scholarship and shortlisted.The scholarship value of each Admission Scholarship ranges from HK$5,000 to a full-tuition coverage. A few Admission Scholarships also includes an allowance of up to HK$45,000 per year. Most Admission Scholarships can be renewed for the duration of the study programme subject to meeting the required academic progress.Students who have attained the qualifications as stipulated below will be eligible for Admission Scholarships.
Targeted ScholarshipThe Targeted Scholarship in Hong Kong was initiated in the academic year 2012/13, the HKSAR Government offers approximately ten scholarships to international full-time students from ASEAN countries, India and Korea to pursue publicly-funded degree courses in Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Targeted Scholarship covers complete tuition fee of the scholarship awardees from the academic year 2018/19.
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)
University Admission Scholarship Scheme for IB Diploma Holders
HKUST offers a number of scholarships to both local and international aspirants to Study in Hong Kong. Aspirants who are IB Diploma candidates/holders and have completed the IB Diploma requirements before September 2019 will be considered for the Scholarship in Hong Kong. The scholarship is awarded to students with IB Total Points (including Bonus Points) of 36 or above. The details of the amount are:
IB Total Points
Scholarship Amount for Students Admitted in the 2019/20 Academic Year
Full tuition plus living allowance of HKD55,000" p.a., renewable for normative duration of study
Aspirants to this scholarship are not required to apply. All undergraduate applicants who are IB Diploma holders are considered based on their IB Total Points. The selected candidates are individually informed.
Scholarship Scheme for International/Asian Olympiad Gold Medalists
HKUST has set up the Scholarship Scheme to honour outstanding International/Asian Olympiad Gold Medalists. Details are as follows:
Qualified Olympiad Competitions for the Scheme
International Olympiad Gold Medalists
The International Biology Olympiad
Full tuition plus living allowance of HKD55,000 p.a., renewable for normative duration of study
The International Chemistry Olympiad
The International Mathematical Olympiad
The International Olympiad in Informatics
The International Physics Olympiad
Asian Olympiad Gold Medalists
The Asian Pacific Mathematics Olympiad
Full Tuition plus a living allowance of HKD27,500 p.a. renewable for normal duration of study
The Asian Physics Olympiad
The aspirants of this scholarship in Hong Kong need not apply separately. Candidates will be selected based on Schools' or Program Office's nominations and inform.
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