Higher Education Commission of Pakistan is pleased to announce the US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor Scholarship program for the academic year of 2021. Students from Pakistan/AJK can apply for the fully-funded scholarship in the United States of America through US Pakistan Knowledge Corridor Scholarship Program. This is a fully-funded scholarship to study in America for higher study and research.

President of United State of America Obama and Prime minister of Pakistan has started this program between the dialogue of Education, Science and technology working Group (ESTWG) under the bilateral strategic. The aim of this US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor is to promote the Pakistani Talents and efforts to study and gain PhD degrees from United States Universities. Under this program there are 10000 students will be selected from Pakistan to study in US universities in the next 10 years.

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HEC Pakistan announces the different foreign scholarship for Pakistani students to study abroad and gain international knowledge. The purpose of international study abroad with fully funded HEC scholarships is to enhance and promote the education in Pakistan. Study in US for Pakistani students is a bright opportunity from HEC through US-Pakistani Knowledge Corridor Scholarship Program.

Brief Description

  • University or Organization: US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor Scholarship 2021
  • Areas/Major: Maximum
  • Course Level: PhD degrees
  • Award: Fully Funded
  • Application Mode: Online
  • Number of Awards: Not known
  • Nationality: Pakistani
  • The program can be taken in United State of America
  • Application Deadline: 10 January 2021

Eligibility Criteria

Interested applicants to study in the USA through HEC US-Pakistani Knowledge Corridor should fulfill the following eligibility criteria;

  • Students should be Pakistani/AJK national
  • Applicants should have the 18 Year (MS/MPhil) education for PhD applications
  • Students can also apply for Direct PhD based on Bachelor (16 year) education
  • Applicants should have at least 2nd Division throughout the academic year (3rd division or grade D in entire education is not eligible).
  • Age Limit: If applicants are regular faculty members or researchers or from R&D department of any Public University, they should be under 40 Years. And all other students should be under the age of 35 years.
  • Applicants who have already an admission letter or offer letter or already enrolled in Ph.D. Program from top 235 US universities can also apply for this US-PK Scholarship.
  • Students should have valid English Language proof according to university requirements either TOFEL or GRE. But at the initial stage you can apply without it.

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 to Dwonlaod
  • 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)

Programs Offered in US-PAK

US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor Scholarship through HEC is offered in all fields of study for Pakistani students to study and Scholarships in America. There are all programs available in this scholarship program and students are encouraged to choose the most related to their interest. The major areas for US Pakistan Knowledge Corridor Scholarship are given below;

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

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Universites List under US-Pak Corridor

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How to Apply

Eligible and interested candidates are encouraged to apply for HEC Foreign Scholarships (US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor PhD Scholarship Program) in US universities by following the given procedure;

Applying to US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor PhD Scholarship:

You have two options/methods to apply in US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor
1. Applying to HEC without a Support/Acceptance letter.
2. Applying to HEC with Supervisor Support/Acceptance letter.
If you are applying without support letter, start your process from step 2.
If you want to apply with support letter start it from step 1.

Remember, if you have supervisor/coordinator/director support letter, it will increase your chance of getting admitted (at the intended university) and scholarship (HEC-Pak).

Step 1;

A. Find a good University and your program from the list of 235 (listed on HEC website);
List of universities pdf: Click Here to Check
List of 03 universities with HEC agreement: Click Here to Check

B. Email to the related prospective Professors and show your willingness to study or work under his/her suppression and ask about support letter, pre admission letter or acceptance letter.

Important Note:

If you don’t have GRE or TOEFL/IELTS currently, it is okay. You can appear for the required test after pre-screening.
Some programs do not requires GRE (list of programs Click Here ), in this case request to the program supervisor/director/coordinator for mentioning it in the support letter or issuing a separate letter for justifying that GRE is not mandatory for this program.

Step 2;

Finally submit your online application on HEC application Portal for US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor Scholarship 2021 by clicking on the following link and Click ‘Scholarships and Grants’ on left ‘Navigation’ and then ‘US-PAK Knowledge Corridor Application’.

Click Here to Apply Online


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

  • The scholarship covers living expenses and return airfare; however, it does not cover Tuition Fee. Candidates need to secure admission with 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 ‘US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor’ project.

For Application

Click Here to Apply Online

Official Announcement

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Muhammad Usman

Research & MEXT Scholar  at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan) with Graduate Major in Global Engineering for Development, Environment and Society


Shazada babul jaan · January 21, 2020 at 5:55 PM

Amiable, Sir kindly tell me; how to talk to any Professor for offering letter.(US scholarship…)

    Muhammad Usman · January 23, 2020 at 8:45 AM

    through emails

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