Do you want to Study in the USA? Higher Education Commission, Pakistan is now accepting applications for the US Pakistan Knowledge Corridor Scholarships 2020. Those students who have done bachelor’s (16 Years) can apply for MS leading to Ph.D., and students with 18  years of education can apply for the doctorate (PhD) in top-ranked universities of the United States.

The HEC Scholarship for Pakistani students will cover all the expenses of the selected students.  The scholarship in the USA by HEC will cover living stipend, health insurance, settlement allowance, and airfare. It is a great opportunity for Pakistani students to study in the best universities of the United States. Are you worried about admission to US Universities? Here is the best guide to take direct admission to US Universities on scholarship

​In June 2015 the United States and Pakistan established an Education, Science, and Technology Working Group (ESTWG) under the Bilateral Strategic Dialogue. During the official visit of the Prime Minister of Pakistan to meet with President Obama and other US officials on October 22, 2015, the two leaders discussed the proposal to establish US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor and 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.

2nd Meeting of the ESTWG was held on 29th February 2016 in Washington DC to develop a joint action plan for operationalizing the US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor and its salient elements. In the general US agreed to support Pakistan’s efforts to strengthen its University system by jointly increasing the number of Pakistani faculty who obtain their Ph.D. in US universities.

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.

Study in the USA on Scholarships 2020: 

Host Country:

  • United States

Host Universities:

  • List of Ranked US Universities

Course Level:

  • MS Leading to PhD
  • PhD

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Fields of Study:

Applicants are especially encouraged in the following fields:

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Design & Media
  • Social Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Basic Sciences
  • Medical & Allied Health Sciences
  • Agriculture
  • Veterinary Sciences
  • Computer Science
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Water Resources
  • and Energy.

Financial Support/Scholarship Value:

The international scholarships for Pakistani students will cover:

  • Health Insurance
  • Settlement Allowance
  • Airfare
  • Living Stipend

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible, you must:

  • Pakistani/AJK nationals
  • Candidates having an MS/M.Phil. Degree (18 years of education) from HEC recognized universities
  • Candidates with 4-years Bachelor Degree (16 years of education), eligible for direct admission in Ph.D. programs at US Universities
  • Age limit: maximum 40 years for regular faculty & researchers of public sector universities/R&D organizations, and 35 years for all others
  • Has acquired valid & acceptable GRE & TOEFL (Here is  for the best GRE Guide, Must Read) scores required for admission in US Universities
  • Scholars who have already secured admission or those enrolled in the PhD program in top 235 US Universities & 23 University Systems may also apply for a scholarship
  • Has an active commitment to serve universities/R&D organizations in Pakistan after the completion of studies.

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Academic criteria:

  • Academic merit-based on HEC-AEF calculator will be applicable
  • Have a maximum of 2 Second Divisions throughout the academic career
  • Have no 3rd Division or grade D in his/her career
  • Not less than 50% marks in an academic career.

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The grant will be offered for a maximum period of 4/5 years.

  • The scholarship covers living expenses and returns airfare; however, it does not cover the Tuition Fee. Candidates need to secure admission with a complete Tuition Fee waiver, from a university among the selected 235 US Universities or from a university falling under any of the 23 university systems – mentioned on ‘US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor’ segment of HEC website.
  • Higher Education Commission (HEC) has negotiated tuition fee waivers for Pakistani students, with different ranked US Universities. HEC shall refer potential candidates – who meet the basic eligibility criteria for the award of HEC scholarship – to partnering US Universities, for consideration of admission and tuition fee waiver. Candidates selected by the host US University after satisfying respective admission criteria shall be offered HEC scholarship under the ‘US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor’ project.

How to Apply for US Scholarships for Pakistani Students?

USER Registration

To Login please visit ​

1) New User Registration:

To create a profile for first-time users, 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 a 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 submit.
  • You will be registered successfully. Please check your email for further information.
  • You will be required to enter your created ‘User ID’ & ‘Password’ then ‘Sign in’ on HEC E-portal.
  • Complete online profile section-wise at
  • Click ‘Scholarships and Grants’ on left ‘Navigation’ and then ‘US-PAK Knowledge Corridor Application’. 
  • Now follow instructions, fill and submit the form successfully.

2) Sign In’ for applicants who already have Common Profile at HEC E Portal:

  • If you already created user ID at , then click & enter the User ID and password and ‘Sign in’ and proceed further for the scholarship  by Clicking ‘Scholarships and Grants’ on left ‘Navigation’ and then ‘US-PAK Knowledge Corridor Application’. 
  • Now follow instructions, fill and submit the form successfully.

Please note that HEC attested documents are not required with the application. Only send the printout of a duly signed online application form, to:

Project Management Unit (PMU)

US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor

Higher Education Commission

Sector H-8, Islamabad.

The hard copy of the pre-requisite documents will be required after initial shortlisting & PMU HEC will intimate successful candidates accordingly.

Plagiarism in an application can lead to disqualification at any stage of the program.

General Instructions:

lease fill out the application form according to the following instructions:

  • Questions must be answered completely and carefully. Please make every effort to limit your responses to the space provided
  • Before you begin this application, you should make sure that you are aware of all deadline dates and requirements
  • If you do not hold a valid Pakistani passport, apply for one immediately after initial shortlisting
  • All successful candidates will be required to sign a contract /bond with HEC that binds them to return to Pakistan immediately after their program completion in the U.S. and serve the country for the number of years specified in the agreement. As long as a person fulfills the service requirement, he or she will pay nothing, otherwise, a grantee will be legally liable for the cost of his or her scholarship program in the U.S. No grantee will be required to pay anything as long as they fulfill their contractual/ bond obligation

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Application Deadline:

  • The last date to apply for the Study in the USA-US Pakistan Knowledge Corridor Scholarships (Study in the US on scholarship)  is February 20, 2020.


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