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HEC Pak-USAID Merit and Needs Based Scholarship Program
​​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

Financial assistance & scholarships are available for study at undergraduate & graduate level in the Engineering & IT disciplines at NUST.

  • The applicant must be a Pakistani/AJK National
  • 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
  • Note:  50% Female Seats​


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

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

  • How to apply 

    Students may apply by submitting the prescribed form in their institutions at the time of joining. The applications are scrutinized and shortlisted applications are forwarded to NUST Financial Aid Office, PGP Dte by the institutions.