Pak-USAID Merit and Needs Based Scholarship Program

Brief History:

The Pak-USAID Merit and Needs based Scholarship Program Phase-II is focused on providing opportunities for access to higher education especially to under privileged candidates who, despite possessing academic merit, are unable to finance their education. The scholarship is not restricted to tuition only, but extends to accommodation and living expenses.
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) has approved the program at a total cost of Rs. 2,954.808 million in its meeting held on 6th September 2013. The Project is funded by Government of United States of America as Grant in Aid.
The Phase-I of the program was initiated in 2004 at eleven (11) universities with scope of 1807 scholarships. It is the pride of the program that all the scholarships are awarded, 94 percent of the scholarship recipients had graduated in the semester they expected to graduate.

Program Objectives:

  • To enable the academically qualified, yet financially needy, Pakistani students to continue university studies in selected private and public universities of Pakistan in the fields of Agriculture, Medical, Business, Social Science and Engineering
  • To enhance the institutional capacity of the Higher Education Commission of the Government of Pakistan and local public and private sector universities in designing and implementing MNBSP Phase II

Eligibility Criteria for Scholarships:

  • The applicant must be a Pakistani/AJK National
  • Financial assistance & scholarships are available for study at undergraduate & graduate level in the following disciplines at the selected 29 Pakistani universities and degree awarding institutions.
  •  
    • Agricultural & Veterinary Sciences
    • Business Administration
    • Social Sciences
    • Engineering & Tech.
    • Medical

Note:

  • Agricultural (incl. Veterinary Sciences and Bio Technology)
  • Social Sciences includes (Defence & Diplomatic Studies, Economics, English, Urdu, Behavioral Sciences, Gender Studies Communication and Media studies)
  • 50% Female Seats: Women’s participation in the education sector is very low. This activity will ensure that at least 50% of the awarded scholarships go to women, especially those coming from remote and vulnerable areas of Pakistan, who are financially needy, and meet admission criteria of the selected 29 partner universities

University / Institute

Province

Status

Discipline

1

University of Agriculture, Faisalabad

Punjab

Public

Agricultural & Veterinary Sciences

2

KP Agricultural University, Peshawar

KP

Public

Agricultural & Veterinary Sciences

3

Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam

Sindh

Public

Agricultural & Veterinary Sciences

4

Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi

Punjab

Public

Agricultural & Veterinary Sciences

5

Lasbela University of Agriculture,
Water & Marine Sciences, Uthal

Baluchistan

Public

Agricultural & Veterinary Sciences

6

Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad

Federal

Public

Business Administration and Social Sciences

7

Sukkur Institute of Business Administration, Sukkur

Sindh

Public

Business Administration

8

Institute of Business Administration, Karachi

Sindh

Public

Business Administration

9

IM Sciences, Peshawar

KP

Public

Business Administration

10

Balochistan Univ. of IT, Engineering, and Management Sciences, Quetta

Baluchistan

Public

Business Administration & Engineering

11

Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore

Punjab

Private

Business Administration and , Engineering & Tech

12

SZABIST

Sindh & Federal

Private

Business Administration

13

Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Islamabad

Federal

Public

Engg. & Tech

14

Mehran University of Engineering & Technology, Jamshoro

Sindh

Public

Engg. & Tech

15

KP University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar

KP

Public

Engg. & Tech

16

COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT)

Federal

Public

Engg. & Tech

17

National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad

Federal

Public

Engg. & Tech

18

University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore

Punjab

Public

Engg. & Tech

19

University of Health Sciences, Lahore

Punjab

Public

Medical

20

Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi

Sindh

Public

Medical

21

Khyber Medical University, Peshawar

KP

Public

Medical

22

Sardar Bahadur Khan Women's University, Quetta

Baluchistan

Public

Social Sciences

23

Shaheed Benazir Women University (ex Frontier Women University) , Peshawar

KP

Public

Social Sciences

24

Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi

Punjab

Public

Social Sciences (Defence & Diplomatic Studies, Economics, English, Urdu, Behavioral Sciences, Gender Studies Communication and Media studies)

25

UniversityofAzadJammu&Kashmir,
Muzaffarabad-AzadKashmir

AJK

Public

Social Sciences

26

University of the Punjab, Lahore

Punjab

Public

Social Sciences

27

University of Karachi, Karachi

Sindh

Public

Social Sciences

28

Lahore College for Women University , Lahore

Punjab

Public

Social Sciences

29

Karakurum International University, Gilgit

G.B

Public

Social Sciences

For more details of selected Universities/Institutions, please click the below link.
http://www.hec.gov.pk/InsideHEC/Divisions/HRD/Scholarships/LocalScholarships/USAIDFundedMeritandNeedsBasedScholarshipProject/Pages/Partner_Universities-Instituitions_Financial_Assistance_Offices_Contact_Details.aspx

  • Students need to compete for securing admission in the approved discipline at the participating institution as per admission policy of the institution and be enrolled in Undergraduate (4 and 5 ) and Graduate (2 Years and 3.5 years) programs
  • Only those students who are enrolled in first semester/ professional year in the respective courses offered by the participating institutions are eligible to apply
  • The eligibility of a candidate is linked to neediness of the candidate as determined & assessed by the financial background of his/her family

SCHOLARSHIP COMPOSITION:

Comprehensive scholarship offered under this program provides funds for the following expenses:

  • Tuition Fee
  • Lodging
  • Transportation
  • Books
  • Other Academics Costs

For More Details about Pak-USAID Merit and Needs Based Scholarship Program, please click below link

http://www.hec.gov.pk/InsideHEC/Divisions/HRD/Scholarships/LocalScholarships/USAIDFundedMeritandNeedsBasedScholarshipProject/Pages/Introduction.aspx