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Who can Apply as International PhD Candidate?

The following categories can only apply for international seats:

  • International Students (Non Pakistani students who require a visa to study in Pakistan).
    • For  Fall Intake -Application Opens in January every year
    • Spring Intake – Application Portal Opens May of the Preceding year
  • Pakistanis holding foreign nationality – (Application Opens in April every year)
  • Pakistanis living abroad – (Application Opens in April every year)

General Eligibility Criteria for International Students

  • Eighteen years of education (MS/ MPhil) in a related discipline.
  • Candidates awaiting final results of their MS/ MPhil degree can also apply for PhD admission, provided that they submit their final result before the commencement of classes.
  • Eligible candidates will be asked to appear for the interview.
  • To gain admission, candidates are required to meet the general eligibility criteria as stated above and either submit scores from or choose one of the available admission test options, including:
    Admission Test Title Administered by Minimum Requirement
    Graduate -NUST Entrance Test (G-NET) NUST, Pakistan Overall score => 60%
    GRE (General) Test ETS, USA Quantitative 130/170
    Verbal 130/170
    Analytical Writing 3.0/6.0
    NTS GAT (General) Test NTS, Pakistan Overall Score =>  60%
    HAT  Test HEC, Pakistan Overall Score ­=> 60%
  • ​​​The scores of admission test i.e. GRE/GAT/G-NET and HAT should be attached/mentioned in the application. It may be noted that NUST will only accept the scores of GRE (General) examinations conducted on or after October 01, 2020. The candidates are responsible for providing the copy of scores to NUST.
  • Candidate who want to appear in one of the aforementioned tests after Joining the classes must clear the test before final exam of first semester.

Documents required for PhD application?

  1. Research Proposal.
  2. 10th Grade/ O-Level/ SSC Certificate / DMC or equivalence.
  3. 12th Grade/ A-Level/ HSSC Certificate/DMC or equivalence.
  4. Bachelor’s transcripts and Degree.
  5. MA/MSc (16-year education) transcripts and degree. (if applicable)
  6. MS/MPhil (18-year education) transcript and degree (with CH details including CH of coursework + CH of thesis works).
  7. Copy of Passport
  8. HEC Equivalence for MS/MPhil (for Foreign degree)
  9. Valid Score of GRE (General) conducted by ETS, USA OR GAT-General test conducted by NTS OR HAT test conducted by HEC OR Graduate -NUST Entrance Test (G-NET) conducted by NUST (as applicable).

Admission Timeline for International Students:

Each year, international students interested in joining NUST can submit their applications online through dedicated international student application portal: The application window for the September intake opens annually in January and for Spring intake the application portal opens in May of the preceding year. For instance, if you aspire to commence your studies in September 2024, we encourage you to initiate your application process from 1st January 2024 and for Spring 2025, you can apply in start application in May 2024.

 Fee Structure:

PhD​ ​

​All programs
​Admission Processing Fee (Non Refundable) 24​ USD
​Security Deposit (refundable) 45 USD
​Tuition Fee (Per Annum) 3050 USD
​Course Repeat Fee (per credit hour) 24​ USD
  • Tuition fee will be charged on annual basis.
  • Miscellaneous charges will be charged @USD 34/year.
  • Subsequent, tuition fee will be paid through challan form generated by Finance Directorate, NUST. The structure and schedule of payment will be intimated to the selected candidates.
  • The security deposit is payable along with the admission processing fee at the time of admission.

Note: All fees and other charges are subject to revision from time to time.


  • Aligned with the Government the Government of Pakistan’s commitment to fostering diplomatic ties, and establishing professional connections with friendly nations, as well as supporting the development of countries grappling with underdevelopment or post-conflict situations, diverse scholarship opportunities for PhD degree programs—covering only tuition fees.
  • NUST offers various scholarships ranging between 25% and 80% on tuition fees for PhD students.
  • NUST also offers international students Fee Remission scholarship that will adjust their fee to be equivalent to the tuition fee for national students.
  • All eligible international students can apply, evaluated based on academic profile, financial need, leadership, and community service.

     Scholarship Application Process:

  • Applicants must submit a 300-400-word personal statement with their admission application, selecting the scholarship option.
  • The statement should highlight motivation, career objectives, impact of the scholarship, leadership, and community service.
  • The Scholarship Application Review Committee considers academic performance, diversity, financial need, leadership, and community service.

More information can be accessed at:


  • The cases of the international students, finally selected for admission at the NUST constituent Schools/Colleges/Centers will be processed for clearance for HEC/Foreign Ministry.
  • International Students have to obtain NOC from their respective Embassy in Pakistan.


  • Hostel accommodation for the international students is guaranteed in H-12 campus of NUST. However students have to apply for hostel. These on-campus hostels offer convenient housing for international students. Hostels offer fully furnished bedrooms with an Internet connection and are located within walking distance of schools and cafeterias. If you receive an offer from NUST, we’ll also send you information on how to apply for accommodation. You should apply for accommodation as soon as possible.
To Do List
1 Access web-link:
Fill the online application form. Upload scanned copies of required documents. (As per list mentioned in the online application form)
By Applicant
2 Application confirmation will be sent at the given email address after submission By University
3 Deposit Application fee through any online branch of Habib Bank Ltd. By Applicant
4 Application status would be communicated through email/website after requisite scrutiny. By University
5 Eligible candidates will be asked to appear for the interview/test. By University
6 International candidates may appear physically or through Skype for the interview at the concerned institutions in May/June. By Applicant
7 Selected Candidates will be informed via email. By University
8 Candidates will deposit admission dues in any online HBL branch as per challan form available online. By Applicant
9 Candidates will prepare documents as per given checklist and will submit to the Academics  Directorate through email/Post. By Applicant
10 International students will approach the Pakistani Embassy for the visa formalities. By Applicant
11 Cases of the international students will be referred to the Higher Education Commission and relevant Government department(s) for final approval as per policy in vogue. By University
12 Relevant NUST institutions will issue joining instructions to the selected candidates who have completed all admission requirements. By University
13 Successful candidates will join the relevant program as per joining instructions in 1st week of September for Fall Semester and 3rd week of January for Spring Semester By Applicant

For Queries Related to PhD Admission​

Academics Directorate, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Sector H-12, Islamabad, Pakistan.

Telephone: +92-51-90851098 – 75

Email: [email protected]


NUST International Office

National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST),

2nd Floor, Central Library, Sector H-12, Islamabad, Pakistan.

Telephone: +92-51-90851443

Email: [email protected]