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Scholarships

There are numerous scholarships available to support your studying and living here in Hong Kong. So please don’t miss any of them when planning your study!

A number of scholarships and awards are offered by the HKSAR Government, post-secondary institutions and other public or private organisations to assist non-local students finance their education in Hong Kong. Some are available solely for non-local students, and others are awarded on a competitive basis to all students regardless of nationality or residency status.

Scholarships/awards for non-local students -

  • The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government Scholarship recognises the achievements of outstanding local and non-local students studying in the eight University Grants Committee-funded universities, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and the Vocational Training Council. The scholarship is HK$80,000 (approximately US$10,300) per year for non-local students.

  • The Self-financing Post-secondary Education Fund provides scholarships to outstanding local and non-local students pursuing full-time locally-accredited self-financing sub-degree or bachelor’s degree programmes. The scholarship is HK$80,000 (approximately US$10,300) per year for non-local recipients of Outstanding Performance Scholarship.

  • The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme aims to attract the best and brightest students from around the world to pursue PhD programmes in Hong Kong. The Fellowship Scheme provides an annual stipend of HK$301,200 (approximately US$38,600) and a conference and research-related travel allowance of HK$12,600 (approximately US$1,600) per year for each awardee for a period of three years. For awardees who need more than three years to complete the PhD degree, additional support may be provided by the chosen universities.

Scholarships for students from countries/regions along the Belt and Road -

  • The Belt and Road Scholarship is established with a view to attracting more outstanding students from countries/regions along the Belt and Road to pursue full-time publicly-funded university studies in Hong Kong. All awardees would receive a scholarship to cover their tuition fees. The Scholarship will expand to cover all Belt and Road countries*, as well as research postgraduate students in the 2019/20 academic year. Interested students should submit applications for admission to the publicly-funded local degree-awarding institutions.

    * Reference: a list of Belt and Road countries is available at The Belt and Road Portal.

    (i) Belt and Road Scholarship (Designated Countries)

    • The Scholarship is open to students from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar to pursue first-year full-time publicly-funded undergraduate studies in Hong Kong. Details of the respective schemes are as follows:

  • Belt and Road Scholarship (Indonesia)

    • Commencing from the 2016/17 academic year, up to 10 scholarships would be offered to outstanding Indonesian students annually.
    • Funding Source: HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund (Scholarship), The Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong (Bursary1), Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce (Bursary2) and Mr LEUNG Lun, BBS, MH (Bursary3)
    • 1 Applicable to awardees of 2016/17 intake
      2 Applicable to awardees of 2017/18 intake (2017/18 academic year)
      3 Applicable to awardees of 2017/18 intake (2018/19-2020/21 academic years)

  • Belt and Road Scholarship (Malaysia)

    • Commencing from the 2017/18 academic year, up to 10 scholarships would be offered to outstanding Malaysian students annually.
    • Funding Source: CMA Li Sau Hung Eddy Special Fund (Scholarship4), HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund (Scholarship) and The Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong (Bursary4)
    • 4 Applicable to awardees of 2017/18 intake

  • Belt and Road Scholarship (Thailand)

    • In the 2017/18 to 2019/20 academic year, up to 10 scholarships would be offered to outstanding Thai students annually.
    • Funding Source: Mr Chan King Wai and Hong Kong King Wai Group Company Limited (Scholarship and Bursary)

  • Belt and Road Scholarship (Myanmar)

    • Commencing from the 2019/20 academic year, up to 10 scholarships would be offered to outstanding Myanmarese students annually.
    • Funding Source: The Chinese General Chamber of Commerce and CGCC (Foundation) Limited (Scholarship5), HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund (Scholarship)
    5 Applicable to the first ten awardees

  • (ii) Belt and Road Scholarship (Other Countries)

    • In the 2019/20 academic year, up to 20 scholarships would be offered to outstanding students from other Belt and Road countries not covered by Belt and Road Scholarship (Designated Countries) to pursue first-year full-time publicly-funded undergraduate studies in Hong Kong.
    • Funding Source: HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund

  • (iii) Belt and Road Scholarship (Research Postgraduate)

    • In the 2019/20 academic year, up to 20 scholarships would be offered to students from countries along the Belt and Road to study first-year full-time publicly-funded research postgraduate programmes in Hong Kong.
    • Funding Source: HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund

Other scholarships and award schemes are administered by the institutions themselves. You may wish to contact the student affairs or international office directly if you want to know more about the details of the schemes, including the procedures for submitting application.

Publicly-funded Local Degree-awarding Institutions :

Hong Kong Baptist University
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
The Education University of Hong Kong
The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
The University of Hong Kong


Self-financing Local Degree-awarding Institutions :

Caritas Institute of Higher Education
Chu Hai College of Higher Education
Community College of City University / UOW College Hong Kong
Gratia Christian College
HKCT Institute of Higher Education
Hong Kong Nang Yan College of Higher Education
Hong Kong Shue Yan University
Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) (a member institution of Vocational Training Council)
The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong
The Open University of Hong Kong
Tung Wah College
Yew Chung College of Early Childhood Education


Institution Providing Locally-accredited Non-local Degree Programmes :

Savannah College of Art and Design


Self-financing Institutions Providing Locally-accredited Sub-degree Programmes :

Caritas Bianchi College of Careers
HKU SPACE *
HKU SPACE Community College
HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Community College (HPSHCC)
Hong Kong Art School *
Hong Kong Baptist University – College of International Education
Hong Kong Baptist University – School of Continuing Education
Hong Kong College of Technology
Hong Kong Institute of Technology *
Lingnan University - Lingnan Institute of Further Education
The Chinese University of Hong Kong - School of Continuing and Professional Studies *
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University - Hong Kong Community College
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University - School of Professional Education and Executive Development
The Open University of Hong Kong - Li Ka Shing Institute of Professional and Continuing Education *
Vocational Training Council (VTC) - Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE), Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) & International Culinary Institute (ICI)*
YMCA College of Careers *

* Institutions running locally-accredited non-local post-secondary programmes in collaboration with non-local institutions