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RGC Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme 2024/25


Call for Application/Nomination

04 Aug 2023 - 31 Oct 2023


Selection Stage

01 Nov 2023 - 25 Apr 2024


Award Announcement

26 Apr 2024

Nomination for PDFS 2024/25

All UGC-funded universities are eligible to make nomination for the fellowship in support of full-time employment of PdF for research projects / activities. Each university may nominate up to 12 PdF candidates (PDFS nominees) and is required to specify in the nomination the research project(s) / activities to be assigned to the PDFS nominee during the fellowship period.


To qualify for the fellowship, the PDFS nominee must:


  • obtain a legal right to work and reside in Hong Kong during the fellowship period;
  • have obtained / been conferred a PhD degree or an equivalent qualification on or after 1 January 2020 (i.e. not more than three years before 2023), or will complete the requirement of a PhD degree or an equivalent qualification by 31 August 2024; and
  • be supported by a UGC-funded university at which he / she wishes to hold the fellowship.


The PDFS nominee should be a graduate in the relevant field of the research project(s) / activities to which he / she is to be assigned.

Candidates will be assessed based on the following criteria:


  • record of academic excellence;
  • research ability and track record to date;
  • leadership experience;
  • merit of the proposed research project(s) /activities;
  • potential impact of the proposed research project(s); and
  • university’s support.


    The two selection panels formed under the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme, i.e. Humanities, Social Sciences and Business Studies Selection Panel (H-Panel) and Sciences, Medicine, Engineering and Technology Selection Panel (S-Panel), will undertake the assessment of nominations and selection of awardees under the PDFS with respect to the two broad academic streams respectively.