Q:- I am already enrolled applicant
, Can I apply for Indigenous scholarship.?
Ans:- HEC has invited applications in the
following four (04) categories
Q:- In which category should I apply?
Ans: - The status of study at the time of application submission deadline will be considered. If applicant entered the wrong category and applicant shortlisted /provisionally offered will be rejected for further process in case some representation found on physical verification of the document.
Q:- I am not enrolled in any program, can I apply.
Ans:- Yes, It is mandatory to complete entire formalities including issuance of 16 years of degree at the time of applying/application submission deadline.
Q:- Can I stop study after completion of MS/MPhil Study.
Ans:- No, It is required to complete PhD as well.
Q:- I am getting the message
“Profile is already registered against User ID and primary Email". What does this
Ans:- You are already registered at HEC with your
user ID (CNIC Number) and Primary email address. Use Forgot Password link to access your Profile.
Q: - What is the Eligibility Criteria for
a) Pakistani/AJK National
b) For MS/MPhil, the
candidates must have minimum of 16 years of education with no 3rd division or
Grade D in degree/certificate in the entire academic career.
applying for direct PhD scholarships must have minimum CGPA 3.0( out of 4.0 in
the semester system) or first division (in the annual system) in
MS/MPhil/Equivalent degree is required along with the condition mentioned above
in clause (b).
d) Maximum age at the
closing date of application i.e. January 31, 2017: i. 40 years for full-time
regular faculty members of public sector university/DAIs and regular employee of
the public sector/R&D organizations ii. 35 years for all others.
e) The candidates who
are already availing any other HEC/Government Scholarship/ previous batches awardees are NOT eligible to
Q:- What is the Last Date to
Ans:- Scholarships are closed for new intake.
Q: - Is this scholarship meant ONLY for
Ans:- NO, Applicant’s who have completed
16 years of education can apply for this Scholarship. This scholarship is also
for MS/MPhil Program, however he/she has to do PhD eventually.
Q:- I am enrolled in
MS/M.Phil /PHD Program, how can I avail this opportunity
Ans:- Applicant who is enrolled in MS/M.Phil /PhD program ( enrolled in PhD program on or after Spring 2015) and is at any stage of study can apply. The applicant will apply in their listed Category as per their study status /stage.
Q:- Can a student enrolled in MS leading to PhD program can apply for the scholarship?
Ans:- No, the applicant shall complete the entire requirements of MS/ M.Phil.
Program and the university shall award the student MS/ M.Phil. degree before he/
she enter into PhD Program.
Q: - Can Screenshot/Manual filled
form is acceptable for HEC?
Ans:- Hard copy of documents are not required at this stage.
Q: - Can I change my Application
Category after submitting my online Application on
Ans:- NO, HEC will consider only ONLINE
filled data/Information as Submitted by the Applicant. HEC will not
Consider/Entertain any request for the Change of Category.
Q: - I am already availing HEC/
Government of Pakistan scholarship, can I apply for this Scholarship
Ans:- An applicant who is already
availing HEC PM Fee Reimbursement can apply. However, at the
time of provisional offer from indigenous section, they will have to submit
unconditional NOC/clearance certificate from the relevant section/department.
Q: - I am banned by HEC to apply
for any Scholarship for a period of One year, Can I apply for this
Ans:- An applicant whose ban period is
going to end before January 1st, 2017 is eligible to apply.
Q: - What is the percentage of provinces
in scholarship distribution?
Ans:- Federal Government defined
Provincial Quota approved by ECNEC in the PC-1 of the project will be observed
for the Scholarship distribution.
Q: - I have cleared GAT General
Test from NTS , Can I avail this opportunity?
Ans:- NTS GAT test is not required and
will not be considered for this Scholarship.
will schedule a separate test for prospective eligible candidates on specific date after advertising for new intake.
Q:- I have already clear test taken by HEC for Indigenous batch-III and other scholarships schemes, either that test score will be considered?
Ans:- Yes, HAT test scores are valid for two years. The applicant can appear for the test for improvement. However, HEC will considered the best valid score only for merit process.
Q: - I am disabled Applicant how
can I avail this opportunity ?
Ans:- Government of Pakistan has reserved 02% Quota under the scheme for disabled candidates subject to the condition meeting the basic eligibility criteria & a separate merit cut points for them. Scholarship will be awarded under three basic
types of disabilities as defined by Government of Pakistan .i.e. Vision Loss,
Hearing Loss, and Physical Loss which is further subdivided into two categories
as Mild and Moderate level disability; which will be confirmed with the provided
medical certificate issued by the concerned authority.
Q:- Either disable applicants are exempted from test?
Ans:- No, however, HEC will be provide a helper during the test who will support in reading the text only.
Q: - An application created by CNIC
of any family member or friend other than applicant will
Ans:- No, Applicant has to create and submit application with his / her own CNIC number. Application created by using
CNIC of other person will not be entertained in any case.
Q: - I am enrolled in PhD program
before Spring 2015 Semester, can I still apply/eligible for this
Ans:- Applicant who is enrolled before Spring 2015 Semester is not eligible to apply and will not be considered for this
Q: - A person with Grade D and 3rd
Division in entire academic career can apply for this
Ans:- No, Academic Eligibility Criteria
to apply for this scholarship is:
“Candidate must have
minimum of 16 years of education with no 3rd division or Grade D in degree/
certificate of entire academic career”
Q: -Can an overage person apply for
Ans:- NO, as per approved PC-1, there
is no possibility of age relaxation in any case. Age criteria for this
Maximum age at the closing date of
i. 40 years for full time regular faculty
members of public sector university/DAIs and regular employee of the public
sector / R & D organizations.
ii. 35 years for all
Q: -Can employee apply for the
Indigenous Program without informing their parent
Ans. Applicant has to apply through proper
channel, however, advance copy of the application can be forwarded to
Q: - Does the applicant (who is the
employee) needs to send the study leave with the
Ans. No, he can apply without study leave.
However, it would be required on the final award of
Q:-From which dates the scholarships
will be applicable?
Ans. The scholarship would be
awarded/applicable from the date of approval of award from National Scholarship
Management Committee (NSMC) or the Date of provision of Study Leave/Relieving
order (in case of employee) whichever is later.
Q: - Can a person avail two
scholarships at a time?
Ans. NO, only one Government/HEC
Scholarship can be availed at a time.
Q:- Can a Scholar work/undertake any
employment while taking HEC Scholarship ?
Ans. NO, the Scholar has to be a full
time student and he/she cannot undertake any job. In case of employee he/she has
to take study leave for the duration of his/her studies.
Q:- Can a scholar quit his/her
studies before completion?
Ans. NO, the scholarship is meant for
PhD studies, and scholars are required to complete their respective PhD
Q:- Can a scholar freeze a
Ans. No, semester freezing is not
allowed. Such request can be considered only on the Medical Grounds.
Q:-What are the terms and
conditions of scholarship award?
Ans. An awardee will not change the course of
study specified by the awardee on the Application Form or in the Letter of Award
without obtaining prior approval of the Higher Education
awardee must take/get admission in the Universities mentioned in the list of
Already enrolled Scholars in PhD program
must be a regular PhD student in the Institute and must be conducting studies
under the Supervision of an HEC Approved PhD Supervisor. And the number of PhD
students enrolled with that supervisor should be below the maximum as specified
by the HEC.
Change of University/Institute at any stage of
studies is not encouraged but due to unavoidable circumstances will only be
admissible on giving logical justification for prior approval of the Higher
Education Commission and following the HEC SOP for change of
An awardee would obtain Study leave from
his employer to join the institution for his study on full-time basis. This is
awardee has to sign a bond with the HEC/Government of Pakistan to serve in the
country for 5 (five) years after completion of study, and preferably in the
Higher Education Institution.
The Higher Education Commission would
monitor the Academic progress/performance of the Awardee on quarterly basis and
the financial utilization six monthly bases.
It is responsibility of scholars/supervisor/university to keep HEC updated about study status. The scholars will be encouraged to discuss their issues with Indigenous section as and when required.