All you need to know about HEC’s Study in Pakistan “Allama Iqbal Scholarship Program” for SriLankan students

Higher Education Commission (HEC) has recently announced ‘Allama Iqbal Scholarships‘ under the Pak-Sri Lanka Higher Education Cooperation Programme. Spread over the next five years, Allama Iqbal Scholarships provide an excellent opportunity for 1000 Sri Lankan students to visit Pakistan and pursue undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral degree programs in Engineering Science, Basic and Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences.

The scholarship aims to promote effective knowledge exchange and a better understanding of cultures and traditions between Sri Lankan and Pakistani students. Selected candidates will study in top-ranked Pakistani universities, learn about Pakistani society and values, acquire leadership skills, and help educate fellow Pakistani students and community groups about their country and culture. The Allama Iqbal Scholarships are part of HEC’s internationalization initiative to encourage international students to study in Pakistan. Women candidates are highly encouraged to apply for these scholarships.

Benefits of the Program

The Scholarship offers the following benefits to students studying in Pakistani universities:

  • full tuition fee
  • accommodation allowance
  • study allowance
  • books allowance
  • one-time return air-ticket

Merit Criteria of the Program

S.noItemPercentage (% age)
1HEC Scholarship Test50
2Academic Achievements30


Eligibility Criteria of the Program

MedicineGCE A’ Levels / equivalent examination (Pre-Medical) with at least 65% Marks.
EngineeringGCE A’ Levels / equivalent examination (Pre-Engineering) with at least 65% Marks.
Bachelor Degree ProgramGCE A’ Levels / equivalent examination in required subjects with at least 60% Marks.
Master Degree Programs16 years of education in relevant subjects with 60% marks at the graduate level
Doctoral Degree Programs18 years of education in relevant subject with CGPA 3.00/4.00 at Master’s level. A research thesis at the MS level is required.


How to Apply for the Program?

  • An application form is to be filled online at
  • All registered candidates appear in a scholarship test organized by HEC in collaboration with the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo and the Sri Lankan Ministry of Higher Education
  • Shortlisted candidates appear in an interview to be held at the Pakistan High Commission, Colombo, in collaboration with the Sri Lankan Ministry of Higher Education

The last date for submission of Applications is the 30th of April 2022.

Terms and Conditions of the Program

  1. Only Srilankan citizens are eligible for the awarded scholarship. Dual nationals are not eligible.
  2. The age limit for BS programs is 17-22 years, and the maximum age limit for graduate and doctoral programs is 35 years.
  3. The candidate must have acquired the requisite qualification on or before the last date of application submission.
  4. The candidate will be required to serve Sri Lanka after completing their education in Pakistan.
  5. Selection will be made purely on a merit basis after a physical examination of the documents provided by the applicant.
  6. Placement of students will be solely at HEC’s discretion
  7. The medium of instruction will be English
  8. A merit list will be prepared based on information provided by the applicant. In case of any misinformation/misrepresentation, the scholarship will be terminated at any stage

For more information about the Allama Iqbal Scholarship Program, click here to visit HEC’s official website.

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