Gender Studies Programme - PhD in Gender Studies

Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary programme with a unifying focus on gender as a theoretical perspective or as a subject of analysis. It allows students to bring together different disciplinary and methodological approaches for the advancement of gender studies. The programme emphasizes both theoretical knowledge and research skills.

The objective of the PhD Programme in Gender Studies is to encourage further investigation of teaching and research in gender studies in East and Southeast Asian societies at an advanced level.

Pamphlet of PhD in Gender Studies


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Supervision and Subject Discipline

Students of PhD in Gender Studies are usually supervised by a professorial grade teacher of a subject discipline from a respective department at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Subject disciplines include but are not limited to the followings: Anthropology, Chinese Language and Literature, Communication, Cultural Studies, Educational Administration and Policy, English, Fine Arts, Government and Public Administration, History, Japanese Studies, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Work and Translation.

A list of our current students and graduates' supervisor can be found here for reference. For a list of departments at our university, please visit our University 's website

The name of the subject discipline will be shown on the graduation transcripts, in the form of "PhD in Gender Studies (subject discipline)" (a sample can be downloaded here). While on the graduation certificates, only the name of "Gender Studies" will be shown.

Who should apply?

Applicants may come from a variety of backgrounds. While a Master's degree in gender studies is not required, applicants should have some knowledge of gender studies and good background in their intended research perspective.

Period of study

Full-time Part-time
For students with a research master's degree

Normative period: 36 months

Maximum period: 72 months

Normative period: 48 months

Maximum period: 84 months

For students without a research master's degree

Normative period: 48 months

Maximum period: 84 months

Normative period: 64 months

Maximum period: 100 months

Tuition Fee

HK$42,100 per annum (tentative)

For local full-time RPg students, please refer to the Tuition Waiver Scheme for Local Research Postgraduate (RPg) Studentsuition Waiver Scheme for Local Research Postgraduate (RPg) Students for details.

Financial Assistance

I.  Postgraduate Studentships (PGS) are available for full-time Ph.D. students. Students need not make a separate application for obtaining the PGS. The stipends are in return for students' assistance in the teaching and research work, which is approximately 12 hours a week. The  monthly stipend is  HK$17,330 in 2019-20. While receiving the PGS award, a student must not undertake other engagement or employment, full-time or part-time, unless with permission of the University.

II.The Fellowship provides an annual stipend of HK$309,600 (approximately US$39,700) and a conference and research-related travel allowance of HK$12,900 (approximately US$1,700) per year for each awardee for a period up to three years. 250 PhD Fellowships will be awarded in the 2020/21 academic year*. 

For more information, please visit the HKPFS website at :

III. (Application Deadline: 30 June 2020, Tuesday) Due to the recent pandemic or travel restriction, some students who were being offered a PhD place in top overseas universities may need to change their study plan. The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) offers a Vice-Chancellor’s PhD Scholarship Scheme for you to realise your study goal.

For more information, please visit the CUHK Graduate School website at :


For Gender Studies's courses, lectures are usually in English. While for discussion and students' presentation, students can use the language they feel most comfortable with, as long as the lecturers concerned understand that language. Meanwhile, most courses use English reading materials.

Coursework Requirements

Required Course of the Gender Studies Programme (16.5 units)

  1. Course Code Course Title
    GDRS5010 Gender Studies: Theory
    GDRS5020 Gender Studies: Methodology
    GDRS5030 Advanced Topics in Gender Studies I
    GDRS5040 Advanced Topics in Gender Studies II
    GDRS8500 Thesis Research

Elective Course of Gender Studies Programme (6 units)

Any two 3-unit courses to be chosen from GDRS5061 to GDRS5069 Directed Studies, or other relevant courses offered by other Divisions.

The study scheme of 2019-20 is available for your reference.

For a brief description of the courses, please see here


Full-time Ph.D. students are eligible to apply for on-campus residence. Information can be found here.

Admission Requirements

Please refer to the Graduate School's website

Application Method

For applicants who wish to apply for Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS):

If you would like to apply for the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme,  please visit : for more details. You need to submit separate applications for the fellowship and for the admission to our programme. The deadline of application is 2 December 2019.

For applicants who wish to apply for PhD in Gender Studies:

Please apply online  by following the instructions of how to apply AND the important notes below:

***IMPORTANT NOTES for applicants of PhD in Gender Studies***

1. Please indicate your intended subject discipline at the “Field of study” on the application form.

2. After completing your online application, please remember to send the following materials to the Gender Studies Programme:

  • your supporting documents (for details please refer to the webpage about "documents required")
  • A research proposal
    The quality of the research proposal is crucial to the success of an application. The purpose of the proposal is to briefly describe to the Admission Panel the research project the applicants wish to pursue. A brief description of the intended research topic, objectives, and methods should be presented; The proposal should include the following items:
    • What is the topic of the proposed study? What questions will be addressed?
    • Why is this topic important and why does it interest the applicants? A full survey of the literature is not expected to be offered, but if possible, do indicate how the research will differ from research that has already been done.
    • What methodology do the applicants propose to use in the research
    • The proposal can be written in English or Chinese. Providing an English abstract will be appreciated if the proposal is in Chinese. The length of the proposal should be between 5 to 8 pages.
  • Your CV (optional)

Address of Gender Studies Programme:  
Room 250, Sino Building, Chung Chi College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong

Application Deadline

For Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) applicants:

2 December 2019

RGC application deadline: 2 December 2019 at 12:00 noon (Hong Kong time)
CUHK application deadline: 2 December 2019 by 5:00 PM (Hong Kong time)

Please refer to HKPFS page for more details.

For all other applicants: 

31 Jan 2020

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