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HEC Scholarship (US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor PhD Scholarship Program) - Fall '17 & Spring '18

Dear faculty members and students,

HEC has announced Opportunities for Pakistani Scholars to pursue PhD studies in Top US Universities under US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor from Fall 2017 and Spring 2018. Candidates who have secured admission for Fall 2017 or are in process of securing admission for Spring 2018 are eligible to apply in this cycle. This scholarship will primarily support living expenses, initial settlement, airfare, and health insurance.

Applicants are especially encouraged in these priority fields defined on national need basis: the broad categories are Arts & Humanities; Design & Media; Water Resources & Energy, Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, Business Sciences, Agriculture & Food security, Veterinary Sciences, Engineering & Technology, Emerging Technology, Nano-Technology, Computers, Medical & Allied Health Sciences, Bio-Technology, Telecommunications, Human-made Materials, Robotics, Microelectronics.

Pakistani citizens/nationals with strong academic histories, committed to returning and serving Pakistan are welcome to apply.

In case of any concern, please feel free to contact us.

Kind regards,

Eligibility Criteria:
- Be Pakistani citizen/national/AJK nationals who meet other criteria.
- Have MS, M Phil or equivalent degree (18 years of formal education) from an accredited university/institution approved by - Higher Education Commission, prior to this program, relating to selected fields for the PhD Degree Program.
- Have a maximum age of 40 for regular faculty members and researchers of public sector universities/R&D organizations, subject to NOC issuance and for all others maximum age of 35 at the time of closing date of application submission.
- Have an active commitment to serve the universities/R&D organizations in Pakistan after the completion of studies under the scheme. All selected applicants are required to sign a bond to return back and work in Pakistan for a minimum of five years upon completion of degree program.
- Individuals who have availed/availing any other HEC scholarship are eligible for this scholarship program subject to approval by Steering Committee, US-Pak Knowledge Corridor, HEC.

Academic criteria:
- The scholars who have already secured admission or enrolled in PhD program in top 200 QS ranked US universities (Overall Ranking), in the above fields may also apply for scholarship. Preference will be given to those applicants who have obtained tuition fee waivers from ranked US universities.
- Have acquired the valid GRE/GMAT/GRE Subject & TOEFL scores required for admission in US universities. Under the new scoring system, minimum scores of 138 in the verbal and 136 in the quantitative sections are required. However higher scores will be required than the minimum threshold for admission in top 200 QS ranked US universities.
- Academic merit based on HEC-AEF calculator will also be applicable.
- Have maximum 2 Second Divisions throughout the academic career.
- Have no 3rd Division or grade D in his/her career.
- Not less than 50% marks in academic career.

Link to online application:

Deadline of this program has been extended by HEC to Saturday, March 25, 2016

Further Information:
Please visit: http://hec.gov.pk/english/scholarshipsgrants/US-Pakcorridor/Pages/default.aspx