USAID offers 700 additional scholarship opportunities to Pakistani female graduates [DETAILS]

These additional 700 fully-funded graduate-level scholarships will be awarded to some of the most talented Pakistani women.

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Good news for all female graduates: the US embassy in Pakistan has announced an additional number of 700 graduate-level scholarships for Pakistani women in partnership with the Higher Education Commission (HEC) on Thursday. This announcement has delighted students, and they are yearning for more details to be unveiled soon. 

Here is everything we know about these 700 additional scholarships for now:

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An official statement released by the embassy reads:

These two-year scholarships, which begin this year and last until 2023, will be awarded to outstanding women to earn Master’s degrees in agriculture, business, engineering, health sciences, and social sciences. With the announcement of 700 additional scholarships, the total number of US Agency for International Development’s Merit and Needs-Based Scholarship Program (MNBSP) scholarships awarded to Pakistani students has risen to 6,000.

The statement further stated:

Since 2003, the US has granted 5,300 merit and need-based scholarships to financially disadvantaged but academically successful students throughout Pakistan. Through a partnership with the HEC, the US Agency for International Development’s Merit and Needs-Based Scholarship Program (MNBSP) awards scholarships to academically talented and financially disadvantaged students for university study.

Speaking about the scholarship opportunity, the USAID Deputy Mission Director Michael Nehrbass said:

These additional 700 fully-funded graduate-level scholarships will be awarded to some of the most talented Pakistani women to help meet their higher education goals.

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Why are the additional scholarships being offers to female graduates only?

While the scholarship program, MNBSP, targets young people from remote and rural areas of Pakistan, especially northern Sindh, Balochistan, Southern Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and the former Federally Administered Tribal Areas, the additional scholarships are being offered to women only.

Stating why this was the case, the statement read:

Since 2013, USAID has increased the number of scholarships and allocated 50 percent of all scholarships to women to increase gender parity and access to higher education for women. Hence, to justify the percentage, additional scholarships are being offered.

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Pakistan officials grateful for the opportunity

Dr. Sania Nishtar, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection, and the Executive Director of the HEC, Dr. Shaista Sohail, thanked the USAID for expanding the MNBSP by extending the scholarship offers. Acknowledging their efforts in empowering women, the two stated:

The investment made in women’s scholarships and their recruitment is an important step to further women’s empowerment and access to higher education, a shared objective of HEC.

These 700 scholarships for female graduates highlight that all is not lost for Pakistani women. Experts believe that this opportunity is an excellent chance for women to fulfill their dreams by accessing higher education.

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