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In June 2015 the United States and Pakistan established an Education, Science and Technology Working Group (ESTWG) under the Bilateral Strategic Dialogue discussed the proposal during the meeting of Prime Minister of Pakistan and President of USA to establish US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor. Both the dignitaries directed their respective governments to intensify their cooperation in this important framework to achieve the ambitious priority targets of developing high-level human capital envisioned in Pakistan's policy document Vision 2025. 

According to the Plan, ten thousand (10,000) Pakistani scholars will join US universities in the next ten years as an effort of the Government of Pakistan to train its faculty resources in identified subject areas. 

Phase – 1 of the plan approved by ECNEC on Jan 25, 2017, and revised later in August 2020 envisions to award 1000 Ph.D. scholarships to outstanding Pakistani students in US Universities under the project titled "PhD Scholarships under US – Pak Knowledge Corridor-Phase -1 (Revised)" 

The main objectives of the project are: 

  • To significantly increase the number and quality of faculty in Higher Education Institutions (HEI's). 
  • To enhance the research and academic capacity of the Higher Education Institutions of Pakistan by providing trained manpower who will improve the quality of instruction and innovative research. 
  • To train approximately 1,000 potential applicants annually for university entrance exams such as  GRE and TOEFL/IELTS under the "Talent Farming component" of the project. 
  • The program will develop a collaboration between Pakistani and renowned US institutions to transfer new research techniques focused on Pakistani needs.  

Scholarship categories: 

Category I – Scholarship (Top 50 QS Ranked US Universities): 

For this category of scholarship, prospective applicants must have: 

  1. Secured admission in top 50 QS World Ranked US University. 
  2. Valid GRE – General Score (Minimum 300 in total) OR HAT (Minimum 60%) 

Category II -Scholarship (Top 300 QS Ranked US Universities): 

For this category of scholarship, prospective applicant must have: 

  1. Secured admission in a US University that falls in the list of top 300 QS World Ranking. 
  2. Valid GRE – General Score (Minimum 300 in total) OR HAT (Minimum 60%) 

Category – III Scholarship (Without Tuition/Designated US Universities) 

For this category of scholarship, prospective applicant must have: 

  1. Secured admission along with complete tuition waiver for the entire scholarship period in designated US University. 

General eligibility criteria: 

  1. Pakistani/ AJK nationals 
  2. Minimum 4 years bachelor's degree (B.S/B.Sc./B. E (16 years formal education)) 
  3. Maximum two 2nd Divisions and no 3rd Division in entire academic career. However, in case of Category – I & II (Admission in top 50 and 300 QS) Scholarship, maximum one 2nd Division in entire academic career is acceptable. 
  4. Maximum age on the closing date shall not exceed: 
    1. 40 Years in case of regular faculty members of Public Sector Universities/ Govt Colleges and Researchers of approved/registered R & D Organizations 
    2. 35 Years in all other cases 
  1. Must not availing any other Scholarship. 
  2. Those having Ph.D. Degree are not eligible 
GRANTS: 

Category I – Scholarship (Admission in top 50 QS World Ranked US University)

*Fully funded (Except stipend and Health Insurance which is at par with Category -II. Initial Settlement allowance is not offered) 

*subject to approval

Category II – Scholarship (Admission in top 300 QS World Ranked US University)

  1. Stipend/ Living Expenses                    USD 19,200/- Per Annum
  2. Health Insurance                                  USD 2,000/- Per Annum (As per actual)
  3. Tuition and Fee                       (Up to)  USD 12,000/- Per Annum
  4. Return Air Ticket                                   PKR 250,000/- Per Annum (Once in scholarship tenure)

Category III – Scholarship (Admission in designated US University along with tuition waiver)

  1. Initial Settlement                                  USD 5,000/- (Once in entire period of scholarship)
  2. Stipend/ Living Expenses                    USD 19,200/- Per Annum
  3. Health Insurance                                  USD 2,000/- Per Annum (As per actual)
  4. Return Air Ticket                                   PKR 250,000/- (Once in scholarship tenure)

How to Apply: 

???HEC provides opportunities for applicants to pursue PhD studies in Top US Universities under "US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor".  Interested applicants can apply online through the link: 

https://scholarships.hec.gov.pk/ 

New User Registration: 

Visit https://scholarships.hec.gov.pk/  To create profile for first time user, fill in the available form on the link mentioned above. 

Click on 'Register' for new users and follow the steps stated below: 

  • You will be required to create user ID by using your CNIC (without dashes) as User ID and select your password. 
  • Create an Account and fill the required information available on the screen. 
  • Click and obtain 'Mobile Code' on your provided mobile no. for further process. (Currently, MNC / Ported numbers are not supported) 
  • After receiving code on your mobile enter the code. 
  • Enter your email ID and click Send Code. You will receive a code on your provided email. 
  • Please enter a valid email ID. 
  • Perform code verification and click on submission. 
  • You will be registered successfully. Please check your email for further information. 
  • You will be required enter your created 'User ID' & 'Password' then 'Sign in' on HEC portal. 
  • Complete online profile section wise at https://scholarships.hec.gov.pk/  
  • Click 'Scholarships and Grants' on left 'Navigation' and then 'US-PAK Knowledge Corridor Application'.  
  • Now follow instructions, fill and submit the form successfully. 

IMPORTANT: 

  1. All applicants will be required to show commitment to serve in Pakistan after completion of studies 
  2. The grant will be offered for a maximum period of 5 years. 
  3. HEC attested documents are not required at the time of application submission. Those who are shortlisted will be asked to submit the HEC attested documents later. Applicants are advised to download the filled application form for record purpose. 
  4. Misstatement/ misrepresentation of information in the application form can lead to disqualification/ cancellation of the scholarship award at any stage of the program. 

 

Last date: 28 February 2022