US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor Ph.D Scholarship Program

13 December 2020 Ph.D Website

Scholarship Description


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 send 1,000 Pakistani students in Top Ranked universities of USA with Ph.D. scholarships under the project titled "US – Pak Knowledge Corridor-Phase -1 (Revised)"
The main objectives of the project are:

  • To enable the academically qualified 1,000 Pakistani students/Non-PhD faculty to continue Ph.D. studies in US Universities.
  • 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 approx: 1,000 potential candidates annually for admission in US top-ranked universities through preparatory classes for GRE and TOEFL/IELTS under "Talent Farming Scheme" 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 Provisions:

Category I: Candidates securing admission in the listed US Universities with tuition support: Initial settlement Allowance, Monthly living stipend, Return Airfare and Health Insurance
List of the universities if available at Click here
Category II: Candidates securing admission in US Universities falling within overall QS Ranking of 300
Monthly Living Stipend, Health Insurance, Return Airfare and tuition on a negotiated rate.

Applications open till: January 10, 2021

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:

Click here to download User Manual

New User Registration:
To Login please visit 
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 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.

'Sign In' for applicants who already have Common Profile at HEC E Portal:
If you already created user ID at , then click & enter User ID and password and 'Sign in' and proceed further for 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.

Eligibility Criteria 

Those who satisfy all the following requirements are eligible to apply:
A.      General eligibility criteria

  • Pakistani/AJK nationals
  • Minimum 4 years bachelor degree (4 years B.S/ B.Sc./B.E/ Equivalent – (16 years of formal education)
  • Maximum age on the closing date of advertisement for the scholarship is 35 years or less. However, in the case of regular faculty members of Public Sector Universities/ Govt Colleges and researchers of R & D organization, maximum age is 40 years or less. For category-I of below, the application portal will be open round the year, in which case maximum age is calculated on the date of closing the applications advertised for the same session i.e January 10, 2020.

Candidates applying must meet the criteria of any one of the following three categories while applying:

Category I: Secured admission along with tuition waiver in any specified US University at Click here 
Category II: Secured admission in top 300 (World QS Ranked) US University having valid GRE scores.
Category III: Having a valid GRE General Score /HAT Score (HEC does not guarantee the admissions of the applicants of this category, however, can facilitate in the placement process by sharing their details with the partner universities. candidates, in any case, will have to complete the admission requirements of the host university)

B.      Academic criteria:

  • Maximum 1-second division and no 3rd division or grade 'D' in the entire academic career
  • Not less than 50% marks in the entire academic career
  • AEF formula and GRE Scores may be used while shortlisting candidates.


  • All applicants will be required to show commitment to serve in Pakistan after completion of studies
  • The grant will be offered for a maximum period of 5 years.
  • HEC attested documents are not required with the application. Those who are shortlisted will be asked to submit the required documents later. However, the applicants are advised to download the filled application form for record purpose.
  • Misstatement/ misrepresentation of information in the application form can lead to disqualification/ cancellation of the scholarship award at any stage of the program.
  • Postal address for correspondence
  • Project Management Unit (PMU)

General Instructions 

Please 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 short listing
  • 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 year's specified in the agreement. As long as a person fulfils 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 fulfil their contractual/ bond obligation

Specific Instructions

A complete application has the following components:

  • Item —Name: It is very important that you list your name exactly as it appears (or will appear) on your passport.
  • Item—Education: Mention the field of study most appropriate to your study objective. Institutions: Please list all post-secondary institutions attended in reverse order (putting the most recently attended first).
  • Item—Work Experience: Please select the position title which best describes the activity in which you are currently (or most recently) involved and all previous experiences.
  • Item—Study/Research Objective: The study/research objective description that you provide is an essential and highly important part of your application. You should take great care to write a clear and very detailed description of the program you want to pursue.  Clearly identify the area(s) within your field of study in which you want to specialize or concentrate. If there is a specific research that you want to accomplish, please describe it
  • Item—Personal Statement: The personal statement is a narrative statement explaining what is special, unique, distinctive, and/or impressive about you or your life story. It may include details of your life (personal or family problems, history, people or events that have shaped you or influenced your goals), explain your interest in the field you propose to study, and demonstrate that you are well suited to this field. It should also touch on your career plans and your purpose in applying for study in the U.S.

Note: Please review your application thoroughly before submission. Attach readable copies of the required documents.

Agreement Documents for Selected Students

List of Ranked US Universities

Click here 

Agreements/DOU’s with US-Universities

  • The scholarship covers living expenses and return airfare; however, it does not cover Tuition Fee
  • 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 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 'US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor' project.
  • The US-Universities with whom Tuition- Fee waivers are negotiated under "Document of Understanding are as follows:
  1. University of Houston (UH), Texas
  2. University of Delaware (UD), Delaware
  3. University of Georgia at Athens (UGA), Georgia
  4. OHIO University 
  5. Northeastern University 
  6. South Dakota State University 
  7. North Dakota State University 
  8. Boise State University 


Scholarship Overview

Expired: 10 January 2021

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US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor 13 B/ 11, HRD Building Higher Education Commission (HEC) Sector H-8, Islamabad.


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