How to Apply for US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor Scholarships: Step-by-Step Guide

Learn how to apply for US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor Scholarships, a fully funded scholarship program for Pakistani students to study PhD in the USA.

Introduction of how to Apply for US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor Scholarships:

  • Visit the HEC scholarship portal:
  • New User Registration:
  • Click ‘Register’ for new users.
  • Use your CNIC (without dashes) as User ID.
  • Create an account, fill in required information.
  • Verify your mobile number and email.
  • Check your email for further guidance.
  • Sign in with your User ID and password on the HEC portal.
  • Complete your online profile at
  • Click ‘Scholarships and Grants’ > ‘US-PAK Knowledge Corridor Application’.
  • Follow instructions, fill, and submit the application form.
  • Email scanned copies of the application and required documents to [email protected] (documents should be attested by a Grade-17/above gazetted officer).
  • No need to submit hard copies at this stage; you may be asked later if required.

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Important Points:

  • Commitment to serve in Pakistan after studies is required.
  • Maximum grant duration: 5 years.
  • HEC attested documents are not needed during initial application submission.
  • Misrepresentation can lead to disqualification.
  • Postal address for correspondence: Project Management Unit (PMU)
    US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor
    13 B/ 11, HRD Building
    Higher Education Commission (HEC)
    Sector H-8, Islamabad.

Eligibility Criteria for US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor Scholarships:

General Eligibility Criteria:

  • Pakistani/AJK nationals
  • Minimum 4 years bachelor’s degree (B.S/B.Sc./B.E/16 years formal education)
  • No 2nd or 3rd Division in academic career

Age limit:

  • 40 years for government employees, faculty members, and researchers
  • 35 years for others
  • Not availing any other scholarship
  • Candidates holding a PhD are ineligible

Additional Qualification Conditions:

Category I – Scholarship (Top 50 QS World Ranked US Universities):

  • Admission in a top 50 QS World Ranked US University
  • Valid GRE – General Score (Minimum 300 total) OR HAT Score (Minimum 60%)

Category II – Scholarship (Top 300 QS World Ranked US Universities):

  • Admission in a top 300 (51-300) QS World Ranked US University (overall ranking)
  • OR Admission in the top 100 (51-100) universities in QS Subject-wise Ranking
  • Valid GRE – General Score (Minimum 300 total) OR HAT Score (Minimum 60%)
  • GRE – General or HAT Score not required if admission secured with a complete tuition waiver.

Priority Subject Areas for US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor Scholarships:

Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences:

  • Agri Sciences (Crop Production, Soil and Environmental Sciences, Agricultural Biotechnology)
  • Veterinary Sciences (Breeding, Nutrition, Reproduction, Health, Dairy Science, Veterinary Biotechnology)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences:

  • Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
  • Medical Biotechnology
  • Cancer Biology
  • Pharmacology
  • Nanotechnology (Nano Medicines; application to cancer research)

Engineering and Technology:

  • Water Management and Sustainability
  • Sustainable Energy System Engineering
  • Urban Planning
  • Climate Change and Environmental Engineering
  • Biotechnology/Bioengineering
  • Land and Water Resource Engineering
  • Agricultural Production Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Metallurgical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Software Engineering

Physical Sciences:

  • Computer Science and IT

Social Sciences:

  • Rural Development Studies
  • Urban Planning
  • Water Management and Sustainability
  • Sustainable Energy

General Instructions for US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor Scholarship Application:

Complete all application questions thoroughly within provided space limits.
Be aware of application deadlines and requirements before starting.
If you lack a valid Pakistani passport, apply for one after initial shortlisting.
Successful candidates must sign a contract/bond with HEC to return to Pakistan after U.S. program completion and serve the country for the specified years. Failure to fulfill this obligation may lead to scholarship repayment.

Specific Instructions for US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor Scholarship Application:

Name: Ensure your name matches your passport exactly.

Education: List post-secondary institutions attended in reverse order, starting with the most recent.

Work Experience: Select the position title that best describes your current or most recent activity, including previous experiences.

Study/Research Objective: Provide a clear, detailed description of your intended program of study, including specialization areas. If you have specific research goals, describe them.

Personal Statement: Write a narrative explaining what makes you unique, including personal experiences, influences, and how they relate to your field of study. Discuss your career plans and reasons for studying in the U.S.

Review your application carefully before submission, and attach readable copies of required documents.


The path to pursuing a fully funded PhD in the USA through the US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor Scholarships is within reach. By following the step-by-step application process, ensuring eligibility, and adhering to essential guidelines, you can unlock this incredible opportunity.

Remember, US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor Scholarships not only empowers you with a world-class education but also comes with a commitment to serve Pakistan, making it a profound investment in your future and the nation’s progress.

Prepare diligently, submit your application with care, and embark on an educational journey that can shape your destiny and contribute to the growth of your homeland. Good luck!

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