Higher Education Commission
Pak-USAID Merit and Needs Based Scholarship Program

Program's Brief

Brief History:

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.

Program Objectives:
  • 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.
        e. Medical

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

Scholarship Composition:

Comprehensive scholarship offered under this program provides funds for the following expenses:

  • Tuition Fee
  • Lodging
  • Transportation
  • Books
  • 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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