Gender Studies Programme - PhD in Gender Studies (Before Aug 2022)

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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 a 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: 84 months

Normative period: 48 months

Maximum period: 96 months

For students without a research master's degree

Normative period: 48 months

Maximum period: 84 months

Normative period: 64 months

Maximum period: 96 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) for details.

Scholarship & Financial Assistance

 I. Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) 

  • Established by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) in 2009.
  • Aims to attract the best and brightest students in the world to pursue their PhD programmes in Hong Kong's universities.
  • Provides a monthly stipend of HK$26,600 (approx. US$3,410) and a conference travel allowance of HK$13,300 (approx. US$1,700) per year during the normative study period for up to three years.
  • For more information, please visit https://www.gs.cuhk.edu.hk/admissions/scholarships-fees/hkpfs or download the pamphlet here.
  • deadline: 1 Dec 2020 Hong Kong Time

II. CUHK Vice-Chancellor HKPFS Scholarship (for HKPFS Awardee)

  • Offers HKPFS awardees a tuition fee waiver for their whole normative study period.
  • Provides an award of HK$40,000 (approx. US$5,130) for lodging in the first year of study and HK$20,000 in the subsequent years within the normative study period
  • The on-campus hostel fee will be waived in the first year of study.
  • Guaranteed on-campus accommodation during the normative period of study to HKPFS awardees who submit timely applications.
  • For HKPFS awardees with a normative study period of four years, CUHK provides stipend and conference travel allowance at the HKPFS level for the fourth year. 
  • Eligibility and Application Procedure

    1. Applicants should have outstanding academic performance (i.e. obtained a minimum CGPA of 3.5/4.0 or equivalent) and obtained admission offers from a top-50 university as specified in the 2021 Times Higher Education/QS league table.
    2. Applicants are required to submit an application for the CUHK full-time PhD programme he/she intends to enrol in 2021-22 via the Online Application System and state clearly the intention to apply for the Scholarship. Applicants who have applied need not apply again.  In any event, they are requested to submit the document mentioned immediately below alongside a statement indicating their wish to be considered for the Scholarship, by email attachment to the Faculty / Graduate Division concerned.
    3. Applicants should provide a copy of an offer letter for admission to a PhD programme in 2021-22 from a top-50 overseas university.
    4. The closing date of the application exercise is 16 April 2021 Friday.

 

III. CUHK Vice-Chancellor's PhD Scholarship Scheme (for candidates nominated to HKPFS by CUHK, but not being selected for HKPFS)

  • Starting from the 2020-21 intake, all PhD candidates who are nominated to the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) by CUHK but not being selected for HKPFS will be offered the Scholarship with the following:
  • An annual postgraduate studentship of HK$216,300 (approx. US$27,730) during the normative period of study.
  • An award of HK$80,000 (approx. US$10,260) in three instalments (i.e. HK$40,000 in the first year and HK$20,000 in each of the second and third year of study, subject to satisfactory study progress). 
  • Eligibility and Application Procedure

    1. Applicants should have outstanding academic performance (i.e. obtained a minimum CGPA of 3.5/4.0 or equivalent) and obtained admission offers from a top-50 university as specified in the 2021 Times Higher Education/QS league table.
    2. Applicants are required to submit an application for the CUHK full-time PhD programme he/she intends to enrol in 2021-22 via the Online Application System and state clearly the intention to apply for the Scholarship. Applicants who have applied need not apply again.  In any event, they are requested to submit the document mentioned immediately below alongside a statement indicating their wish to be considered for the Scholarship, by email attachment to the Faculty / Graduate Division concerned.
    3. Applicants should provide a copy of an offer letter for admission to a PhD programme in 2021-22 from a top-50 overseas university.
    4. The closing date of the application exercise is 16 April 2021 Friday.

IV. Postgraduate Studentship (for students admitted within quota)

  • For full-time research postgraduate students.
  • Annual studentship of HK$216,300 (approx. US$27,730). Payable during normative period of study.
  • The award of the studentship will be made known to students with the admission offers.

V. Research Postgraduate Student Grant for Overseas Academic Activities  (for students admitted within quota)

  • Full-time Research Doctoral Student: Maximum HK$15,000 in total during the normative period of study.
  • Full-time Research Master’s Student: Maximum HK$10,000 in total during the normative period of study.

VI. Tuition Waiver Scheme (for local research postgraduate students)

  • Starting from the 2018-19 academic year, the Government grants a tuition waiver to all current and newly admitted local full-time research postgraduate (RPg) students enrolled in UGC-funded RPg programmes for their entire normative period of study.
  • local full-time RPg students who are admitted to the University without postgraduate studentships are not eligible for this Scheme.
  • For more details, please visit the website of the University Grants Committee (UGC).
VII. Tertiary Student Finance Scheme
  • Publicly-funded Programmes (TSFS) administrated by the Student Finance Office of the Hong Kong Government.
  • For full-time local students taking up exclusively UGC-funded or publicly-funded programmes

VIII. Other scholarships or funding: 

  • The University offers a number of scholarships, prizes and awards to recognize students' outstanding academic and non-academic performance. Other exchange scholarships, university bursaries and loans are also available. Please visit the website of the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid for details.  

Language

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

Coursework Requirements

Required Course of the Gender Studies Programme (16.5 units)

  • 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 2020-21 is available for your reference.

    For a brief description of the courses, please see here

    Accommodation

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

    Admission Requirements

    Please refer to the admission requirements of PhD in Graduate School's website.

    Application Method

    A. To apply for a PhD in Gender Studies AND Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme(HKPFS) :

    Applications are invited from 1 September 2020 (Hong Kong Time).

    Step 1

    Submit HKPFS Application

    Submit an initial application to the RGC through their on-line application system and obtain an HKPFS reference number.

    RGC Application deadline:
    1 December 2020 at 12noon (Hong Kong Time).

    Step 2

    Submit your application of PhD in Gender Studies @CUHK

    Follow the process below to apply for a PhD in Gender Studies AND quote the HKPFS reference number when completing the application form at the online application system.

    Application deadline of PhD in Gender Studies for HKPFS applicants:
    1 Dec 2020 at 5 pm (Hong Kong time)

    Step 3

    Check Your Application Status

    Check your email for correspondence from Gender Studies Programme and log in to the Online Application System to check your application status.

      

    B. To apply for PhD in Gender Studies only:

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

    Applications are invited from 1 September 2020 (Hong Kong Time).

    Step 1

    Explore study/research options for PhD in Gender Studies

    Learn about the admission requirements, application methods and deadlines.

    Decide on your intended subject discipline.

    Decide on a topic of research.

    (Optional) Find a potential supervisor from Gender Studies Programme or the department of your intended subject discipline and contact them. 

    Step 2
    Preparation for your application

    Prepare the documents/additional information required for application.

    Write your research proposal.

    Step 3
    Create an Account to Submit Online Application

    Input your intended subject discipline at the  "Field of Study" in the application form.

    Application for admission may be submitted from 1 September 2020.

    Step 4

    Ensure the required supporting documents (including a confidential recommendation from referees) are received by Gender Studies Programme by the application deadline

    A soft copy of all your supporting documents should be uploaded to the online application system.

    The original copy of the document proving your English language proficiency should be sent to the Gender Studies Programme by postal mail.

    Step 5

    Check Your Application Status

    Check your email for correspondence from Gender Studies Programme and log in to the Online Application System to check your application status.

     

    Supporting documents for Application

    Required supporting documents for application of PhD in Gender Studies:  

    1. All the documents listed on the Graduate School’s website

    2. A CV (optional)

    3. A Research Proposal (in word or pdf format)
    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.

    *Please upload an electronic copy of all your supporting documents to the online application system. For a CV or research proposal which does not have their own category in the upload system, please upload them under the "certificates" category.

    *Please send by postal mail the original copy of your  (1) supporting documents for your English proficiency requirement to the Gender Studies Programme by the application deadline.

    Postal 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 the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) applicants:

    1 Dec 2020

    RGC application deadline: 1 December 2020 at 12:00 noon (Hong Kong time)
    CUHK application deadline: 1 December 2020 by 5:00 PM (Hong Kong time)

    Please refer to the HKPFS page for more details.

    For all other applicants: 

    1 Feb 2021

    Admission Talk

    Information Session of Mphil/PhD in Gender Studies 2021 

    Date: 6 Nov 2020 (Fri)

    Time: 20:00 – 21:30

    Venue: Online Zoom Platform (link to Zoom seminar provided after registration)

    Speaker: Prof. Yiu-Tung SUEN, Graduate Division Head, Gender Studies Programme, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

    Theme: Tips on Writing a Gender Studies Research Proposal

    Registration Linkhttps://cloud.itsc.cuhk.edu.hk/webform/view.php?id=11039574 

     

    Enquiry

    Address: Room 250, Sino Building, Chung Chi College,
    The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong (map)
    Tel: (852) 3943 1026
    Fax: (852) 2603 7223
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    Website: http://www.gender.cuhk.edu.hk