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Research Postgraduate Programme

Ph.D. Study Opportunities at the ELE Department


EdUHK is one of the eight Hong Kong government-funded tertiary institutions that support high-quality doctoral-level research generously. The Department of English Language Education seeks qualified applicants for doctoral study in the areas of the department’s expertise, including Sociolinguistics and Education, EMI/CLIL, E-learning and SLA & Curriculum Development. To express your interest, approach the Acting Head of Department, Dr Lee Ju Seong ( or particular staff members related to your research area.


The details of the Research Postgraduate application procedure are available here


EdUHK Research Postgraduate Studentship


All full-time research students admitted to the Research Postgraduate Programmes (RPg) are automatically considered for Research Postgraduate Studentship (RPGS). As a form of scholarship, RPGS provides the RPg students with financial assistance to study the programme. RPGS is given based on academic merit; and the award is not taxable income. The value of the studentship shall be determined by the University from time to time. RPGS holders may also simultaneously be recipients of government loans and grants, and they may receive other scholarship awards on condition that this does not violate the terms and conditions of the other awards.


Holders of RPGS are required to undertake duties that carry educational benefits for the holders, such as, but not limited to, other research/academic activities, as assigned by the University. The amount of the duties shall not exceed, on average, 10 working hours per week in any full twelve-month period.


For more details, please click here.


Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme


The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS), established by the Research Grants Council (RGC) of the HKSAR government, aims to attract the best and brightest students in the world to pursue full-time research degree programmes that are offered by the higher education institutions in Hong Kong. The Fellowship provides awardees with a monthly stipend of HK$26,900 (~US$3,450) and a conference and research related travel allowance of HK$13,500 (~US$1,730) per year for a maximum of three years. Please visit University Grants Council for more information. 


Application Procedure for the HKPFS


Prospective Supervisors


Staff NameResearch Interests
Prof GU, Mingyue MichelleMultilingualism and mobility, Minority education, Family language policy, Identity studies, EMI in higher education

GREEN-ENEIX, Curtis Allen

Language identity and ideology, language policy and planning, Internationalization of Higher Education, teacher training and development, Equitable language education 

HUANG, Jing Peter

Autonomy, agency and identity in language education, TESOL Teacher education, Educational ethnography, Metacognition in language learning

LEE, Ju Seong

CALL (Computer-Assisted Language Learning), IDLE (Informal Digital Learning of English), Innovative Pedagogy with Design Thinking, Learners’ Emotions and Well-being, Tech, Attention, and Learning, Supporting Marginalized Communities
Dr LIU, Yiqi AprilClassroom Discourse, Language and identity, Language across the Curriculum/Content and Language Integrated Learning, Translanguaging and Trans-semiotizing

LIN, Mei Yi Angel

Critical Literacies, Translanguaging, Trans-semiotizing, Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), Language Across the Curriculum, Academic Literacies, Discourse Analysis, Decoloniality and Language Education, Language Policy and Planning 

Dr MAK, PaulineSecond language writing, Second language teacher education, Language assessment
Dr QIAO, Shen MaggieTechnology-enhanced learning, Game-based learning and gamification, Engagement and motivation

SAH, Pramod Kumar

English-Medium Education/Instruction, Language Planning and Policy, Antiracism and Anticolonialism in English Language Education, Critical Multilingualism/Translanguaging, Affect and Emotions in Language Education, Language Ideologies, Multilingual and Multimodal Literacy Engagement, Teacher Education

Prof TRENT, JohnSociocultural Theory, Classroom Discourse, Content-based Instruction

WONG, Ming Har Ruth

Motivation, Teacher Education, Curriculum

ZHANG, Yue Ellen

Second language learning and teaching (identity/investment/motivation), Decolonizing pedagogies and critical inquiries, TESOL/TEFL teacher education, Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)