​In June 2015 the United States and Pakistan established an Education, Science and Technology Working Group (ESTWG) under the Bilateral Strategic Dialogue. During the official visit of the Prime Minister of Pakistan to meet with President Obama and other US officials on October 22, 2015 the two leaders discussed the proposal to establish US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor and directed their respective governments to intensify their cooperation in this important framework to achieve the ambitious priority targets of developing high level human capital envisioned in Pakistan’s policy document Vision 2025.

2nd Meeting of the ESTWG was held in 29th February 2020 in Washington DC to develop a joint action plan for operationalizing the US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor and its salient elements. In general US agreed to support Pakistan’s efforts to strengthen its University system by jointly increasing the number of Pakistani faculty who obtain their Ph.D. in the US universities.

According to the Plan, ten thousand (10,000) Pakistani scholars will join US universities in next ten years as an effort of the Government of Pakistan to train its faculty resources in identified subject areas.

​As Phase-I, 1500 scholarships will be financed through Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) and the project has been approved in ECNEC, held on Jan 25, 2020.

How to Apply for HEC-US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor PhD Scholarship Program:

HEC has announced Opportunities for Pakistani Scholars to pursue PhD studies in Top US Universities under US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor from fall, 2020. The Scholars can apply online through the link: http://eportal.hec.gov.pk/US-pakcorridor

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USER Registration

To Login please visit http://eportal.hec.gov.pk/US-pakcorridor ​

  1. New User Registration:To create profile for first time user, fill in the available form on the link mentioned above.

Click on ‘Register’ for new users and follow the steps stated below:

  • You will be required to create user ID by using your CNIC (without dashes) as User ID and select your password.
  • Create an Account and fill the required information available on the screen.
  • Click and obtain ‘Mobile Code’ on your provided mobile no. for further process. (Currently, MNC / Ported numbers are not supported)
  • After receiving code on your mobile enter the code.
  • Enter your email ID and click Send Code. You will receive a code on your provided email.
  • Please enter a valid email ID.
  • Perform code verification and click on submission.
  • You will be registered successfully. Please check your email for further information.
  • You will be required enter your created ‘User ID’ & ‘Password’ then ‘Sign in’ on HEC E-portal.
  • Complete online profile section wise at http://eportal.hec.gov.pk
  • Click ‘Scholarships and Grants’ on left ‘Navigation’ and then ‘US-PAK Knowledge Corridor Application’.
  • Now follow instructions, fill and submit the form successfully.

​ ​     2. ‘Sign In’ for applicants who already have Common Profile at HEC E Portal:

  • If you already created user ID at http://eportal.hec.gov.pk , then click & enter User ID and password and ‘Sign in’ and proceed further for scholarship  by Clicking ‘Scholarships and Grants’ on left ‘Navigation’ and  then ‘US-PAK Knowledge Corridor Application’.
  • Now follow instructions, fill and submit the form successfully.
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HEC-US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor PhD Scholarship Program Eligibility Criteria:

Pakistani citizens/nationals with strong academic histories, committed to returning and serving Pakistan are welcome to apply. Applicants are especially encouraged in the following fields, Arts and Humanities, Design & Media, Social Sciences, Engineering, Basic Sciences, Medical & Allied Health Sciences, Agriculture, Veterinary Sciences, Computer Science, Emerging Technologies, Water Resources, and Energy.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Pakistani/AJK nationals
  • Candidates having an MS/M.Phil. Degree (18 years of education) from HEC recognized universities
  • Candidates with 4-years Bachelor Degree (16 years of education), eligible for direct admission in Ph.D. programs at US Universities
  • Age limit: maximum 40 years for regular faculty & researchers of public sector universities/R&D organizations, and 35 years for all others
  • Has acquired valid & acceptable GRE & TOEFL scores required for admission in US Universities
  • Scholars who have already secured admission or those enrolled in PhD program in top 235 US Universities & 23 University Systems may also apply for scholarship
  • Has an active commitment to serve universities/R&D organizations in Pakistan after the completion of studies.

Academic criteria:

  • Academic merit based on HEC-AEF calculator will be applicable
  • Have maximum of 2 Second Divisions throughout the academic career
  • Have no 3rd Division or grade D in his/her career
  • Not less than 50% marks in academic career.


The grant will be offered for maximum period of 4/5 years.

  • The scholarship covers living expenses and return airfare; however, it does not cover Tuition Fee. Candidates need to secure admission with complete Tuition Fee waiver, from a university among the selected 235 US Universities or from a university falling under any of the 23 university systems – mentioned on ‘US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor’ segment of HEC website.
  • Higher Education Commission (HEC) has negotiated tuition fee waivers for Pakistani students, with different ranked US Universities. HEC shall refer potential candidates – who meet the basic eligibility criteria for award of HEC scholarship – to partnering US Universities, for consideration of admission and tuition fee waiver. Candidates selected by the host US University after satisfying respective admission criteria shall be offered HEC scholarship under ‘US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor’ project.

Please note that HEC attested documents are not required with the application. Only send the printout of duly signed online application form, to:

Project Management Unit (PMU)

US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor

Higher Education Commission

Sector H-8,Islamabad.

Hard copy of the pre-requisite documents will be required after initial shortlisting & PMU HEC will intimate successful candidates accordingly.

Plagiarism in an application can lead to disqualification at any stage of the program.

HEC-US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor PhD Scholarship Program General Instructions

Please fill out the application form according to the following instructions:

  • Questions must be answered completely and carefully. Please make every effort to limit your responses to the space provided
  • Before you begin this application, you should make sure that you are aware of all deadline dates and requirements
  • If you do not hold a valid Pakistani passport, apply for one immediately after initial short listing
  • All successful candidates will be required to sign a contract /bond with HEC that binds them to return to Pakistan immediately after their program completion in the U.S. and serve the country for the number of year’s specified in the agreement. As long as a person fulfils the service requirement, he or she will pay nothing, otherwise, a grantee will be legally liable for the cost of his or her scholarship program in the U.S. No grantee will be required to pay anything as long as they fulfil their contractual/ bond obligation

HEC-US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor PhD Scholarship Program specific instructions

A complete application has the following components:

Item —Name: It is very important that you list your name exactly as it appears (or will appear) on your passport.

Item—Education: Mention the field of study most appropriate to your study objective. Institutions:Please list all post-secondary institutions attended in reverse order (putting the most recently attended first).

Item—Work Experience: Please select the position title which best describes the activity in which you are currently (or most recently) involved and all previous experiences.

Item—Study/Research Objective: The study/research objective description that you provide is an essential and highly important part of your application. You should take great care to write a clear and very detailed description of the program you want to pursue.  Clearly identify the area(s) within your field of study in which you want to specialize or concentrate. If there is a specific research that you want to accomplish, please describe it

Item—Personal Statement: The personal statement is a narrative statement explaining what is special, unique, distinctive, and/or impressive about you or your life story. It may include details of your life (personal or family problems, history, people or events that have shaped you or influenced your goals), explain your interest in the field you propose to study, and demonstrate that you are well suited to this field. It should also touch on your career plans and your purpose in applying for study in the U.S.

Item—Additional Information:  Attach your curriculum vitae here.

University Preferences/Direct Admissions: You are required to state the university preferences, but if you would like, please complete this page as fully as possible. Do not just list the name of a University in which you are interested. Be specific. Provide the name of the department and the specific program within that department in which you are interested; how that program is linked to selected/advertised subject fields; if you have been in contact or correspondence with a faculty member, please provide the name and contact information for that individual.  If you have applied to a U.S. university within the past three years, please list the programs and the results.  If you have letters of admission, letters of invitation, or other correspondence from a school, especially a preferred program, please forward a copy (not the original) of this correspondence to HEC.

​SUPPLEMENTAL FORMS/DOCUMENTATION (required after initial short listing):

a. Letter of Reference/Recommendation: You must have three letters of reference (or recommendation) submitted on your behalf. Letters of reference are extremely important. All letters of reference should be written by teachers under whom you have studied or pursued research or by someone who has supervised you in work related to your proposed field of study. Letters of reference should not be written by persons related to you either by blood or marriage or by personal friends. At least one academic and one professional or work related letter should be included among the letters. The letters should be written in English.

Your recommenders can submit their letters in the following way:

  •  ​You can print out the Letter of Reference form and forward to your recommenders who will then complete the forms and mail to HEC.

b.   Academic transcripts: These documents must consist of:

One attested official record (transcript) from each university or post-secondary institution you attended, the transcripts should list the subjects you studied and the grades you received during each year of your enrollment.

After the initial selection you’ll be responsible to provide the copies of all degrees obtained & transcripts, attested by HEC.

 c.   Score reports of standardized test: All shortlisted applicants will be required to submit the following score reports

  • GRE (Graduate Records Examination):  The GRE is required by U.S. graduate schools and/or departments for candidates in most fields other than Business Administration and Law.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): TOEFL is an admission requirement at U.S. institutions for applicants whose native language is not English.

a.  Optional tests, depending on your academic subject

    • GRE SUBJECT TESTS are required in certain fields. If you are selected for the Scholarship in this field, you will be asked to submit the GRE Subject score report.
    • GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test):  GMAT is an admissions requirement for applicants proposing to study Business or Management, as well as any fields which may fall within the scope of offerings of a Business school or department. If you are selected for the Scholarship in this field, you may be asked to submit the GMAT score report.

HEC-US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor PhD Scholarship Program legal agreement documents

List of Selected US Universities under US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor:

List of Selected US Universities under US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor


      • The scholarship covers living expenses and return airfare; however, it does not cover Tuition Fee
      • Higher Education Commission (HEC) has negotiated tuition fee waivers for Pakistani students, with different ranked US Universities. HEC shall refer potential candidates – who meet the basic eligibility criteria for award of HEC scholarship – to partnering US Universities, for consideration of admission and tuition fee waiver. Candidates selected by the host US University after satisfying respective admission criteria shall be offered HEC scholarship under ‘US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor’ project.
      • The US-Universities with whom Tuition- Fee waivers are negotiated under “Document of Understanding are as follows:


The US-Pak Knowledge Corridor was established in June 2015, as a result of the US-Pak Education, Science & Technology Working Group (ESTWG) under the bilateral strategic dialogue. As the Government of Pakistan envisions enhancing enrollment in tertiary education up to 7 million by 2025, for this purpose, US-Pak Knowledge corridor aims to provide opportunities for 10,000 scholars for Pakistani faculty development in the US. In the initial phase, HEC is focusing on sending 1500 PhD scholars at the leading US universities. US-Pak Knowledge Corridor is envisioned as a “paradigm shift” in terms of developing human capital/education, ultimately complementing economic growth in the long run.

Under the Umbrella of “US-Pak Knowledge Corridor”, HEC in collaboration with US Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) designed a program of holding “Talent Farming Conferences and Workshops” for interested candidates to pursue Doctoral studies at US universities in selected fields. The project aims to train 2000 potential candidates annually for admission in US universities through preparatory classes for English language, GRE or others as per admission requirements of US universities.

Under the Talent farming exercise a Five weeks comprehensive training was held at The Center of Advance Studies (CAS) UET-Peshawar form March 26, 2020 to April 27, 2020. Total of 46 nomineesparticipated in the training (including 15- Female).

Dr. Mehmood ul Hassan Butt, Consultant HEC welcomed the participants and introduced the project via Skype, while Mr. Hamayun Awan and Mr. Asif were facilitating the trainers of USEFP trainers as well as the trainees during the session.  Nominees from the University of Engineering Peshawar and Shaheeed Benazir Bhutto Women University Peshawar participated in the training.

The objective of the series of the training is to enable the academically qualified Pakistani students/faculty to start Ph.D. studies in US Universities in the critically needed fields, To train potential candidates annually by selected Pakistani Universities &”US Educational Foundation In Pakistan (USEFP)”under Talent Farming Scheme for admission in US Universities through preparatory classes for Eng. language, GRE as per admission requirements of US universities. The trainees will later on be able to seek admission in top ranked US Universities.

This is worth mentioning here that GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is a standardized test that is an admissions requirement for most Graduate Schools in the United States which aims to measure verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, and critical thinking skills that have been acquired over a long period of learning.

The next advertisement of Call for GRE for the new batch is expected soon.​


For any query feel free to contact HEC Call Centre UAN: 111-119-432(HEC)

Or, ​​0334​​-​​111​9432(9HEC)

​Project Management Unit at the following email address.

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