TPgFS 2021/22: Master of Design selected as one of the eligible programmes will award 22 fellowships

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TPgFS refers to the Targeted Taught Postgraduate Programmes Fellowships Scheme offered by the University Grants Committee (UGC). This 5-cohort pilot scheme provides fellowships for meritorious local students to pursue further studies in priority areas conducive to the development of Hong Kong. 

The scheme is expected to provide a maximum of 1,000 fellowships for the second cohort of students (admitted in the 2021/22 academic year). The fellowship, in the form of subsidy, supports each of the fellowship students their programme tuition for up to HK$120,000. The award of the fellowships is to be based on merits.

Master of Design (MDes), which operates as a scheme with five specialisms (programme code 73035-DPF/DSP/IDB/INF/UEF), is one of the eight eligible TPgFS programmes in the priority area of “creative industries” and of the 14 eligible TPgFS programmes in PolyU, offering 22 fellowships for the second cohort. The number has almost doubled compared to the last cohort. The programme is expected to award close to 38% of the fellowships in the “creative industries” cluster.

MDes Fellowship students are required to pay HKD47,400 after offsetting the full programme tuition (HKD167,400) by the fellowship subsidy (HKD120,000).

There is a difference between fellowships and merit-based scholarships in terms of level of status and recognition, although both can refer to the award of financial support competitively to recipients based on their future potential demonstrated by previous achievements.

This fellowship scheme was first announced in the 2019 Policy Address. A task force comprising overseas academics and experts who are well experienced in the relevant fields and with no conflict of interest was set up to finalise the details of the scheme and to assess the proposals submitted by the universities. The purpose of the scheme, a wide participation from all UGC-funded universities, and the rigorous and holistic approach in the process have resulted in giving a special recognition for all TPgFS eligible programmes and fellowships students.

Visit PolyU eProspectusUGC website or TPgFS FAQ for further information.


  • Local students only; and
  • Being admitted to one of the MDes programmes offered in 2021/22; and
  • Not receiving other forms of financial assistance from the government, including Continuing Education Fund (CEF), or the PolyU, such as Alumni Bursary, for pursing the same programme.

Selection Criteria

The consideration is based on merits and taking into account the students’

  • academic achievements;
  • professional qualifications;
  • relevant working experience and achievements in other areas;
  • interview results; and
  • proposal with special attention to their personal statements on how they can contribute to the priority areas of Hong Kong after completing the programmes.

Application Procedures

To apply for the fellowships, complete and submit the TPgFS application form (click here to download) together with your application for MDes admission via eAdmission, by uploading the form in the Additional Documents section.

Application Results and Deadline

The consideration of the TPgFS applications will be on a rolling basis until the fellowships places are filled. For those interested, you are encouraged to submit an application as early as possible and within the main application period.


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PolyU reserves the right to change the terms or withdraw the above fellowships. In case of any dispute/disagreement, PolyU’s decision is final.