The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

PhD / MPhil studentships in Physics and in Materials Science and Engineering

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

Hong Kong, China

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is a prestigious, forward-looking comprehensive research university in China with a global vision and with world-leading rankings (#46 in QS World University Rankings, #57 in Times Higher Education Rankings). The Department of Physics of CUHK ( strives to accomplish the university’s mission through actively nurturing our research students with professional skills. The cutting-edge research in the Department of Physics is recognized worldwide, which includes: astrophysics and particle physics, biophysics, condensed matter physics, materials science, quantum physics and atomic and molecular optical (AMO) physics, soft matter and complex system physics. Details of research areas:

The Department of Physics invites applications for fully funded PhD / MPhil studentships in Physics and in Materials Science and Engineering starting August 2021. Successful applicants will conduct state-of-the-art experimental and theoretical research broadly in the areas listed above. With nearly 30 teaching staff and over 100 research postgraduate students, you will be joining a vibrant department with a long tradition of excellence in research and teaching. You will receive a generous studentship (currently HKD 18,025 or USD 2,326 per month, for 12 months a year) plus medical benefits. Outstanding applicants will be recommended for the award of Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (, and awardees will be provided a monthly studentship of HKD 25,800 (or USD 3329) plus medical benefits and a conference travel allowance of HK$12,900 (or USD 1664) per year. PhD students will be supported for 4 years (or 3 years if they hold a master’s degree). MPhil students will be supported for 2 years.

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in related disciplines (by the time of admission), with a good major GPA (typically 3.2 or above) OR a good honors degree (typically Second Class Upper Division or above).
  • Fulfill the English language proficiency requirement, e.g. TOEFL (iBT: >=79) or IELTS (Band >=6.5) score report. [Note: No need to submit English test scores at the time of application.]
  • Optional: Score 800 or above in GRE Subject Test (“Physics”, “Chemistry”, “Mathematics” or “Biology”).

Application Procedures:

Applicants should submit the following documents as email attachments (file format: PDF/JPEG/doc/docx, B&W only, total size of all files should not exceed 8 MB) to <> (for Physics applicants) or <> (for Materials Science and Engineering applicants):

1.    Completed Application Form (downloaded from On the Application Form please write down at most three project numbers in order of preference in “Choice of Projects” of the form. Before making selections, potential applicants are encouraged to contact the individual professors to find out more about their research, their group and what kind of students they are looking for. Details of research projects offered in 2021-22 can be found here:

a)    Physics – Experiment (

b)    Physics – Theory (

c)    Materials Science & Engineering (

2.    Copy of official transcript of academic records of all tertiary level studies;

3.    Curriculum vitae;

4.    Research/Personal statement, indicating clearly the particular study field the applicants are interested in;

5.    Recommendation letter from two referees, to be sent directly by the referees via e-mail to <> (for Physics applicants) or <> (for Materials Science and Engineering applicants) ; and

6.    (optional) Copy of certificate of professional qualifications, prizes and awards.

Application deadline:

Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. Shortlisted candidates whose applications are received before 25 June 2020 will be invited to the Physics Summer Camp (an online-based, free-of-charge event consisting of Lectures, Lab tours, Experience sharing and Admission interview) to be held between 7-9 July 2020. Invitation to the Physics Summer Camp will be sent to shortlisted applicants via email by 30 June 2020. For highly qualified applicants who wish to apply for Hong Kong Postgraduate Fellowship Scheme, the application must be submitted no later than 15 November 2020.

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PhD / MPhil studentships in Physics and in Materials Science and Engineering