All you need to know about the “Kingdom of Saudi Arabia scholarship” programme

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has announced fully funded scholarships for Pakistani students to study at the level of Diploma, Bachelors, Masters, and PhD in the Kingdom. Students residing in Pakistan and legal residents of the Kingdom both can apply for these scholarships.

How to Apply?

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  • Students must apply directly on the respective Saudi university website/ online portal.
  • Each university has its eligibility criteria and application time frame. Students need to consult the website for the eligibility criteria of each discipline/course /university.
  • The scholarships are offered at diploma, bachelor, masters and PhD Levels.
  • These scholarships are offered for almost all disciplines, political science, Law, Education, Administration, Economics, Engineering, computer science, Agriculture, Arabic/ Islamic studies and Media sciences.
  • These scholarships are offered by 25 universities in the Kingdom as given below.
  • Each university is authorized to enrol only 5 percent of international students except Princess Noor Binte Abdul Rehman university for girls, Riyadh and Jamia Islamia Madinah Munawara. The admission percentage of Princess Noor Binte Abdul Rehman university for girls, Riyadh on scholarship is 8 percent, whereas Jamia Islamia Madinah Munawara grants admission on scholarships 85 percent of total seats.
  • University will forward the application to the Saudi Ministry of education which decides the final award of scholarships to eligible applicants.
  • Applicants should share a copy of the submitted application on the official email of the embassy of Pakistan, Riyadh for follow-up with the Ministry of Education, Saudi Arabia and respective university for grant of scholarships.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant must be a Pakistani or AJK national.
  • 75 percent of students will be awarded scholarships from Pakistan. Whereas 25 percent scholarships will be given to Pakistani students residing in the Kingdom.
  • Male and females both can apply for these scholarships.
  • The applicant should be between 17 to 25 years for Bachelor’s programme, must be below 30 years for the Master’s programme and less than 35 for PhD programme on the closing date of the application portal of the respective university.
  • The selected applicants will join the respective programme in September /October each year in Saudi Arabia.
  • The applicant must not be holding any other scholarship at the time of availing Saudi scholarship.
  • The applicant must not have any criminal record.
  • The applicant must not have been suspended from any educational institution on disciplinary or any other valid grounds.
  • Any other requirement set by the respective Saudi University or Saudi Government.


  • The scholarship covers free lodging.
  • 03 months furnishing allowance on arrival in KSA for married scholars.
  • Return air ticket.
  • Free medical for the students and his/her family, if married.
  • 3 Months graduation allowance for shipment of books.
  • Subsidized meals at the campus.
  • Sports & recreational activities on the campus, support for dependents and travel expenses.
  • Monthly allowance, a monthly allowance of 900 Saudi Riyal (SR) will be given to science students and 850 SR to humanities students.

Universities Affiliated with the Program

Applicants are advised to visit their respective university websites for admission details:

S. No.Name of universitiesWebsite
5.Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic
6.Kind Saud
7.King Abdual Aziz
8.Hafar al Batin
9.King Faisal
10.King Khalid
16.Al Jouf
17.Al Baha
20.Northern border
21.Princess Nora
22.Imam Abdulrahman
23.Prince Sattam bin Abdual Aziz


Please note that the HEC has only announced this scholarship program received through a diplomatic channel. Potential applicants are advised to apply online on the websites of Saudi universities and forward the downloaded application form to the Pakistani embassy, Riyadh for follow-up with the Ministry of Education, Saudi Arabia for grant of scholarships. All related queries for the subject program shall directly be asked from the respective Saudi university.

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