Higher Education Commission
Pak-USAID Merit and Needs Based Scholarship Program
The Pak-USAID Merit and Needs based Scholarship Program Phase-II is focused on providing opportunities for access to higher education especially to under privileged candidates who, despite possessing academic merit, are unable to finance their education. The scholarship is not restricted to tuition only, but extends to accommodation and living expenses.
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) has approved the program at a total cost of Rs. 2,954.808 million in its meeting held on 6th September 2013. The Project is funded by Government of United States of America as Grant in Aid.
The Phase-I of the program was initiated in 2004 at eleven (11) universities with scope of 1807 scholarships. It is the pride of the program that all the scholarships are awarded, 94 percent of the scholarship recipients had graduated in the semester they expected to graduate.
- To enable the academically qualified, yet financially needy, Pakistani students to continue university studies in selected private and public universities of Pakistan in the fields of Agriculture, Medical, Business, Social Science and Engineering
- To enhance the institutional capacity of the Higher Education Commission of the Government of Pakistan and local public and private sector universities in designing and implementing MNBSP Phase II
Eligibility Criteria for Scholarships:
1. The applicant must be a Pakistani/AJK National
2. Financial assistance & scholarships are available for study at undergraduate & graduate level in the following disciplines at the selected 29 Pakistani universities and degree awarding institutions.
a. Agricultural & Veterinary Sciences
b. Business Administration
c. Social Sciences
d. Engineering & Tech.
I. Agricultural (incl. Veterinary Sciences and Bio Technology)
II. Social Sciences includes (Peace &Conflict Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Economics, Linguistics, Law, Communication and Media studies, International Relations, and Psychology)
III. 50% Female Seats: Women's participation in the education sector is very low. This activity will ensure that at least 50% of the awarded scholarships go to women, especially those coming from remote and vulnerable areas of Pakistan, who are financially needy, and meet admission criteria of the selected 29 partner universities
|University / Institute||Province||Status||Discipline|
|1||University of Agriculture, Faisalabad||Punjab||Public||Agricultural & Veterinary Sciences|
|2||KP Agricultural University, Peshawar||KP||Public||Agricultural & Veterinary Sciences|
|3||Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam||Sindh||Public||Agricultural & Veterinary Sciences|
|4||Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi||Punjab||Public||Agricultural & Veterinary Sciences|
|5||Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water & Marine Sciences, Uthal||Baluchistan||Public||Agricultural & Veterinary Sciences|
|6||Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad||Federal||Public||Business Administration and Social Sciences|
|7||Sukkur Institute of Business Administration, Sukkur||Sindh||Public||Business Administration|
|8||Institute of Business Administration, Karachi||Sindh||Public||Business Administration|
|9||IM Sciences, Peshawar||KP||Public||Business Administration|
|10||Balochistan University of IT, Engineering, and Management Sciences, Quetta||Baluchistan||Public||Business Administration & Engineering|
|11||Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore||Punjab||Private||Business Administration and Engineering & Tech|
|12||SZABIST||Sindh & Federal||Private||Business Administration|
|13||Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Islamabad||Federal||Public||Engineering & Technology|
|14||Mehran University of Engineering & Technology, Jamshoro||Sindh||Public||Engineering & Technology|
|15||KP University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar||KP||Public||Engineering & Technology|
|16||COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT)||Federal||Public||Engineering & Technology|
|17||National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad)||Federal||Public||Engineering & Technology|
|18||University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore||Punjab||Public||Engineering & Technology|
|19||University of Health Sciences, Lahore||Punjab||Public||Medical|
|20||Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi||Sindh||Public||Medical|
|21||Khyber Medical University, Peshawar||KP||Public||Medical|
|22||Sardar Bahadur Khan Women's University, Quetta||Baluchistan||Public||Social Sciences|
|23||Shaheed Benazir Women University (ex Frontier Women University), Peshawar||PK||Public||Social Sciences|
|24||Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi||Punjab||Public||Social Sciences|
|25||University of Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Muzaffarabad - Azad Kashmir||AJK||Public||Social Sciences|
|26||University of the Punjab, Lahore||Punjab||Public||Social Sciences|
|27||University of Karachi, Karachi||Sindh||Public||Social Sciences|
|28||Lahore College for Women University, Lahore||Punjab||Public||Social Sciences|
|29||Karakurum International University, Gilgit||Gilgit Baltistan||Public||Social Sciences|
For more details of selected Universities/Institutions, please click the below link.
Pak-USAID Merit and Needs Based Scholarship Program
3. Students need to compete for securing admission in the approved discipline at the participating institution as per admission policy of the institution and be enrolled in Undergraduate (4 and 5 ) and Graduate (2 Years and 3.5 years) programs
4. Only those students who are enrolled in first semester/ professional year in the respective courses offered by the participating institutions are eligible to apply
5. The eligibility of a candidate is linked to neediness of the candidate as determined & assessed by the financial background of his/her family
Comprehensive scholarship offered under this program provides funds for the following expenses:
- Tuition Fee
- Other Academics Costs
How to Apply:
Students applying for admission and financial assistance will fill out both the applications and submit the form to the University Admissions Office and Financial Aid Office respectively.
For More Details about Pak-USAID Merit and Needs Based Scholarship Program, please click below link
Pak-USAID Merit and Needs Based Scholarship Program Introducton, Brief History, & Objectives
Application form may be downloaded by clicking the below address.
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