HEC Pakistan Commonwealth Scholarships for Master and PhD Students are open apply now. To contribute to the development needs of Commonwealth countries by providing training for skilled and qualified professionals and academics, and to contribute to UK higher education and foreign policy aims by encouraging collaboration and links.

Programmes offered

Commonwealth Scholarships are for candidates from low and middle-income Commonwealth countries, for fulltime Masters & doctoral study (PhD) at a UK University. These scholarships are offered under the following six themes:

  • Science and technology for development
  • Strengthening health systems and capacity
  • Promoting global prosperity
  • Strengthening global peace, security, and governance
  • Strengthening resilience and response to crises
  • Access, inclusion, and opportunity

Complete details of CSC programs, eligibility, Benefits and further classification of themes of study offered for 2020 Commonwealth scholarships is available at below mentioned links.

HEC Pakistan Commonwealth Scholarships for Master and PhD Students Benefits of the programme / FINANCIAL COVERAGE

The Scholarship will cover the following:

For Master: http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/terms-conditions-masters-scholarships-low-and-middle-incomes-2020.docx-1.pdf

For PhD: http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/terms-conditions-phd-scholarships-low-middle-income-countries-2020.pdf

Duration of the Programme

The duration of the scholarship program is valid for One year for Master & Three years for PhD starting from Fall 2020.

HEC Pakistan Commonwealth Scholarships for Master and PhD Students Eligibility Criteria

The admission is open under Commonwealth scholarship in the United Kingdom for 2020. Basic eligibility requirements are as follow:

To apply for these scholarships, you must:

  • Be a Pakistani/AJ&K national & permanent resident of Pakistan/AJ&K.
  • Age must not be more than 30 years for Masters & 35 years for Ph.D. at the time of application
  • Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2020
  • For Master Scholarship, candidate by the closing date of application must hold a first-class degree complete in all aspects in graduate qualification (16 years degree i.e. MSC/MA/MBA/BS/BBA etc) in the relevant field of study.
  • For Ph.D. Scholarship, candidate by the closing date of application must hold a first-class degree complete in all aspects in postgraduate qualification (17/18 years MS/MPhil degree) in the relevant field of study.
  • Not have any third division throughout your academic career and maximum of two-second divisions are allowed but candidate must not have the second division in the terminal/ last degree.
  • Must apply under one of the themes as mentioned above and on the CSC website and candidate’s field of study must be in line with future development needs of Pakistan.
  • NOT be registered for a Ph.D., or an MPhil leading to a Ph.D., or Masters at a UK university before September/October 2020 or candidate not has studied at the same level in the UK before.
  • Be financially unable to afford study in the United Kingdom without this scholarship.

HEC Pakistan Commonwealth Scholarships for Master and PhD Students APPLICATION PROCEDURE

  • Apply online at HEC website: http://eportal.hec.gov.pk/loa . After registering and filling your profile, please select “Learning Opportunities Abroad” under “Scholarship and Grant” menu in left-hand side panel of the online portal. After that, apply online to Commonwealth Scholarship through Electronic Application System (EAS).
  • Upload deposit slip of Rs.500/- (in original) deposited through HEC online Account No. 17427900133401 in HBL, Shalimar Recording Company Branch, H-9, Islamabad. All payments are to be made to HEC through HBL online facility. This facility is available in all branches of Habib Bank Ltd.
  • All the applications for Masters/ Ph.D. without submitting both EAS Application form and online HEC form will not be entertained in any case.
  • Save your HEC online application & Commonwealth online application after a successful submission to relevant portals.
  • Hardcopies of HEC application form (along with deposit slip, relevant academic documents viz. transcripts, equivalence for the foreign degree, statement of purpose, study/research plan, copies of CNIC) & Commonwealth scholarship forms will be taken from shortlisted candidates only.

Do not send your hard copies of applications at this stage. The deadline to apply online at both portals is 12th December 2020


  1. HEC may conduct test/interview or both to shortlist candidates.
  2. Commonwealth UK does not accept direct applications. All nominations from Pakistan will be routed via HEC.
  3. HEC endorses equal opportunity; therefore, females are encouraged to apply.
  4. HEC will shortlist eligible applicants based on selection criteria i.e. highest academic merit, quality of study/research plan, and relevancy of candidate’s selected field with Pakistan’s future development needs, provincial/regional quota and the number of scholarship slots allocated for Pakistani students.
  5. By-hand applications, incomplete applications or applications received after the deadline will NOT be accepted. The recommendation of nominating agency i.e. HEC will be final and binding.
  6. Please note that HEC has facilitation role in nomination process, as final selection will be made by the donor country. Further, HEC will have no financial liability regarding this scholarship.
  7. In case of submitting false information at any stage, HEC reserves the rights to cancel and debar for all future scholarships as well as impose penalty, as decided by HEC.
  8. It is the sole responsibility of applicants to ensure that they apply to HEC Online system and EAS Online application form simultaneously before the deadline of 12th December 2020, as applications submitted after the deadline shall NOT be entertained in any case

Deadline: December 12, 2020

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HEC Pakistan Commonwealth Scholarships for Master and PhD Students CONTACT US

For further details relevant to Commonwealth Scholarships 2020 & applying online, please visit below mentioned links:

For Master: http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/terms-conditions-masters-scholarships-low-and-middle-incomes-2020.docx-1.pdf

For PhD: http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/terms-conditions-phd-scholarships-low-middle-income-countries-2020.pdf


Learning Opportunities Abroad (LOA) Scholarship Cell

HRD Division, Higher Education Commission

Sector H-8/1, Islamabad.

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 051-90808029

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