Fully-funded USAID Merit and Need-Based Scholarship 2021 for Pakistani students

The USAID Merit-based scholarship program 2021 provides excellent financial aid to students demonstrating academic excellence and requiring financial assistance.

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The USAID Merit-based scholarship program 2021 provides excellent financial aid to students demonstrating academic excellence and requiring financial assistance. Every year, 3000 scholarships are offered to Pakistani students. To empower both genders equally, this year, 50 percent of the scholarships are reserved for female students.

HEC has launched the scholarship program in collaboration with the US Agency for International Development. Approximately 30 public sector and private sector universities are associated with the USAID scholarship scheme.

Overview of the Scholarship

  • Scholarship type: Fully funded
  • Eligible Country: Pakistan
  • Female students from Pakistan are eligible
  • Master’s/MBA/MS/MPhil/ Education Teaching degree programs
  • Deadline: 30th of October, 2021

Eligibility Criteria of USAID Merit-based scholarship:

Applicants must satisfy the following requirements to be eligible to apply for the scholarship:

  • The applicant must be a Pakistani citizen.
  • Candidate should have domicile of Pakistan
  • The program is open to female students currently pursuing their Master’s degrees.
  • Female students who fulfilled criteria of need and provided all the information sought for under the rules are eligible

Ineligibility Criteria of USAID Merit-based scholarship:

  • Students successful in previously filed petitions are ineligible.
  • Students with two-year associate degree programs and the nomenclature of BA/BSc programs are excluded.
  • Applicant found dubious and incorrect at the time of physical verification is ineligible.
  • In public sector universities, admissions secured on a self-sustain/self-support/self-finance basis or in evening programs with higher few structures are ineligible.
  • Students availing of any other scholarship or continuous grant are ineligible.

Benefits granted by the Scholarship:

  • Tuition is covered
  • Books boarding and accommodation expenses are covered
  • Transportation costs are covered
  • Other academic costs are covered
  • No application fees are required

USAID Merit-based scholarship program

How to Apply For a USAID scholarship?

  • Students are required to apply through the following HEC Online Application System: http://scholarship.hec.gov.pk
  • Submit a printout of the application form along with supporting documents to the student financial aid offices of the  university;
  • Please DO NOT send a hard copy of the application form to HEC;
  • For more details, please get in touch with the Financial Aid Office of the University.

Scholarship Award Process

  • ​​​​The applications of all potential candidates are reviewed by the Institutional Scholarship Award Committee (ISAC). The committee is headed by the Vice-Chancellor of the participating institution, along with members from the institution and external members. This is done to ensure impartiality and transparency.
  • The ISAC recommends potential candidates to the HEC Scholarship Management Committee (SMC). The committee includes top Executives of HEC, representatives from the participating institutions, and eminent scholars. The SMC undertakes a thorough review before approving eligible cases.
  • After finalizing the awardees’ list, the participating institutions forward the funds to the selected students.

List of Participating Universities

University NameFocal Person
Agriculture and Veterinary Science
University of Agriculture, FaisalabadDr. Hafeez and Rana Qamer
Agricultural University PeshawarMr. Habib Ullah Tariq
Sindh Agriculture University,TandojamMr. Nauman Ali Shah
PMAS-Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi,Mr. Waqas Chaudhary
Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences, Uthal Balochistan (only Agriculture)Dr. Gulawar and Mr. Haji Fayaz
Business Administration and Others
Quaid-i-Azam University IslamabadMr. Chaudry Zulfiqar
IBA-SukkurMr. Mansoor
IBA-KarachiMr. Moeid Sultan
Institute of Management Sciences, PeshawarMr. Shaheryar Khan, Mr. Abdullah Afridi
Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering, and Management SciencesMr. Muhammad Shah Khan
Lahore University of Management SciencesMs. Rabia Ahmed
Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST)Ms. Jaya S. Loungani
Medical and Nursing
University of Health Sciences, LahoreDr. Asad Zaheer
Khyber Medical University, PeshawarMr. Nasir Saleem
Engineering and Technology
Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences, IslamabadDr. Anila Usman
University of Engineering & Technology PeshawarMr. Nek Muhammad Khan
Mehran University of Engineering & Technology, JamshoroProf. Dr. Tauha Hussain Ali
COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT)Dr. Izhar Hussain
National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST) IslamabadMr. Saleem Daoud
University of Engineering and Technology- LahoreDr. Ikhlaq Ahmed
Lahore University of Management SciencesMs. Rabia Ahmed
Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering, and Management SciencesMr. Muhammad Shah Khan
Social Sciences and others
Quaid-i-Azam University IslamabadMr. Chaudry Zulfiqar
Sardar Bahadur Khan Women’s University, QuettaMs. Huma Tariq
Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University, PeshawarMs. Nain
Fatima Jinnah Women University, RawalpindiMs. Saba Nawaz
University of Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK), Muzaffarabad, Azad KashmirMr.  Murad Hussain
University of the Punjab, LahoreMr. Muhammad Anwar
University of Karachi, KarachiMr. Ahsan
Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) LahoreMs. Hina Anwar
Karakurum International University, GilgitProf Dr. Muhammad Ramzan
Islamia University BahawalpurMr. Zulqarnain Ahmad Malik
Bahauddin Zakariya University, MultanMr. Intikhab Alam


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