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Fellowships Available for Doctoral Research in Hong Kong

10 Oct 2012 3:02 AM | Anonymous

Do you know of any current or recently-graduated Master Degree students (or extremely talented BA graduates) who might be interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in Hong Kong, on any topic relating to Kant? If so, please inform them of the following options, which they may wish to consider.

For the past few years, the Research Grants Council (RGC) in Hong Kong has established a "PhD Fellowship Scheme" that aims to attract the best and brightest postgraduates from all over the world to pursue their PhD studies in Hong Kong. Each awardee receives a monthly stipend of HK$20,000 (approximately US$2,600) and a conference and research-related travel allowance of HK$10,000 (approximately US$1,300) per year, for a maximum period of three years. Those applying through HKBU (my institution) will also receive various other benefits, if they win a fellowship: e.g., funds to purhase computing equipment, tuition waived for the first year (and for the second and third years, pending good progress), and free accommodation. The selection criteria are: academic excellence; research ability and potential; communication and interpersonal skills; and leadership abilities. Further details can be found at http://gs.hkbu.edu.hk/hkpfs/.

Anyone interested in applying for one of these fellowships should contact me in the first instance (at stevepq@hkbu.edu.hk), letting me know the proposed research topic and starting date, as well as providing a short CV. Preference will be given to those planning to do research on a topic related to one of the following: Kant's philosophy of religion; the relevance of Kantian philosophy to modern scientific revolutions; Kant's theories of love, sex, marriage and/or friendship. However, strong applicants planning to do research in other areas are also welcome to apply.

To apply, go to: http://buar.hkbu.edu.hk/index.php/admission/postgraduate_admissions/on-line_applications. The deadline for submission of this online application is 12 noon (HK time; i.e., GMT+8) on December 1, 2012. Late applications will not be allowed under any circumstances, so if you're interested, please start the process as soon as possible!

In addition to the above, there is a good possibility that at least one HKBU postgraduate studentship will be available for a PhD student to commence research in the 2013-2014 academic year. Such studentships are not as attractive as HK PhD Fellowship Scheme, but they're not bad: the current funding is HK$13,800 per month (=US$1780) and the amount is reviewed annually. Anyone who submits a PhD Fellowship application with my assistance will also be considered for this (less competitive) HKBU studentship.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions and to forward this email to anyone who might be interested in the above information.

Best regards,


Prof. Stephen Palmquist (龐思奮)
Dept. of Religion and Philosophy
Hong Kong Baptist University
Kowloon, Hong Kong SAR

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