Frequently Asked Questions

Sr. No.

Question

Answer

01


How can I submit the application-processing fee?

Original deposit slip of Rs. 500/- (non-refundable), must be deposited/transferred to HEC online Account No. 17427900133401 (HBL, Shalimar Recording Company Branch, Sector H-9, Islamabad). All payments are to be made to HEC through HBL online facility. This facility is available in all branches of Habib Bank Ltd (HBL), Pakistan.

02

What is the eligibility criteria for

Stipendium Hungaricum Programme?

  • Applicant must be a citizen of Pakistan/AJ&K.
  • Must be between the age of 18-22 years for Undergraduate programs, for which they are applying for admission and the age limit should not exceed from 35 years for postgraduate Master’s (17/18 years) and PhD programs on January 15, 2021. In case of PhD programs, for full time employees of public sector Universities, Colleges and R&D organizations the maximum age must be 40 years on January 15, 2021.
  • The applicant must have completed HSSC/Intermediate or equivalent for application in Bachelors (Undergraduate) Program.
  • The applicant must have completed 16 years Bachelors Degree or equivalent for application in Masters (Postgraduate) Program.
  • The applicant must have completed 17/18 years Masters Degree or equivalent for application in PhD Program.
  • The applicant must fill all fields of BOTH Hungarian Application Form and HEC application form and no column or field should be left unfilled.
  • Certificates/Transcript/Degrees to be attached must be attested by the attesting authorities such as IBCC and HEC. Equivalence of O & A levels from IBCC is mandatory.
  • It is the sole responsibility of student(s) applying for any professional degree (Medical, Engineering, Nursing, Architecture, Law, Veterinary Medicine etc.) to first get confirmed its accreditation from the respective Councils i.e. Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC), Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC), Pakistan Nursing Council (PNC), Pakistan Council for Architects and Town Planners (PCATP), Pakistan Bar Council (PBC), Pakistan Veterinary Medical Council (PVMC) etc.
  • IELTS/TOEFL scores as required, where applicable.
  • All applicants must submit medical certificate of satisfactory health condition (as per Hungarian deadline), a written certificate from a physician to prove that the applicant does not have the following illnesses: AIDS, Hepatitis A, B, C or any other epidemic conditions)
  • In case of final selection, applicants will have to submit a bond on legal paper to HEC that he/she will not change discipline after final award of scholarship, and immediately after completion of his/her degree, he/she will return back to Pakistan to serve the country for a period as prescribed by HEC. In case of failure to do so, HEC reserves the right to recover from candidate or his/her guarantor, a penalty amount as prescribed/decided by HEC.
  • Applicants must fulfill all other requirements set by host Hungarian university/Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.
  • In case of final selection, candidate has to submit a bond agreement with HEC.

03

I have applied on HEC portal. Do I need to apply on Tempus Public Foundation (TPF) Hungary portal?

It is MANDATORY that a candidate applies on both portals;

  1. https://eportal.hec.gov.pk/arl
  2. https://apply.stipendiumhungaricum.hu

 

04

What are the deadlines for both portals?

 

Deadlines for both portals is the same i.e. January 15, 2021

05

What is the criteria for final selection?

 

Candidates are selected by keeping in view the following factors;

  1. Academic Background
  2. Written test score-at least 50%
  3. Approved federal quota
  4. Interview by Hungarian Authorities

 

06

Are the universities and their programs accredited from Pakistani accredited bodies such as Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) etc.?

 

 

It is the sole responsibility of student(s) applying for any professional degree (Medical, Engineering, Nursing, Architecture, Law, Veterinary Medicine etc.) to first get confirmed its accreditation from the respective Councils i.e. Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC), Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC), Pakistan Nursing Council (PNC), Pakistan Council for Architects and Town Planners (PCATP), Pakistan Bar Council (PBC), Pakistan Veterinary Medical Council (PVMC) etc.

07

I do not have my final result yet. Can I apply?

 

Final result of applicants must be submitted online on HEC portal before closing date i.e. January 15, 2021.

08

 

What is age limit for Masters/PhD?

 

Maximum age limit for PhD applicants is 40 years only for full time employees of public sector     Universities, Colleges and R&D organizations. For the rest of applicants of Masters/PhD, age limit is 35 years.

09

Is IELTS necessary for applying in Hungaricum scholarship?

 

Candidates applying for Undergraduate programs need to provide English Proficiency Certificate. Candidates applying for Masters/PhD need to check the requirement of Hungarian university that they are opting as to whether the university needs IELTS or not.

10

How many universities may I apply for this scholarship?

 

Every candidate may apply for two universities.

11

Is there any IELTS requirement by HEC?

 

There isn’t any requirement from HEC.

 

However, applicants are advised in their own interest to check/fulfill requirements of their preferred universities.

12

Which subjects I can apply for?

 

A candidate can apply for those subjects only which are offered by both HEC & Hungarian (Tempus Public Foundation) portals.

13

If my age is below 18, am I eligible for Hungarian Scholarship?

 

Applicants must be between the age of 18-22 years for Undergraduate programs and 35 years for Masters/PhD programs.

14

If I don’t have passport, medical & police certificates, am I still eligible?

 

 

Yes. Applicants must provide passport, medical & police certificates after provisional selection by HEC. Initially, they must upload CNICs instead of passports on Tempus Public Foundation (TPF) portal but provide required documents before TPF deadline for completion of “Missing Documents”.

15

Can an afghan national apply for this scholarship?

 

No, only Pakistani / AJ&K national can apply for this scholarship.

16

Do we need equivalence of O level and A level?

 

Yes. Equivalence for O and A level is required for this scholarship.

17

What education is required if the applicant wants to apply for 04 years Bachelor’s (Undergraduate) program?

 

The applicant must have completed HSSC/Intermediate or equivalent for application in Bachelor’s (Undergraduate) program.

 

18

What education is required if the applicant wants to apply for Master’s program (Postgraduate program)?

 

 

The applicant must have completed 16 years Bachelors Degree or equivalent for application in Master’s (Postgraduate Program).

 

19

What education is required if the applicant wants to apply for One-Tier Master’s program?

 

The applicant must have completed HSSC/Intermediate or equivalent for application in One-Tier Master’s program.  

20

What education is required if the applicant wants to apply for Ph.D. program?

 

The applicant must have completed 17/18 years Degree/or equivalent for application in PhD program.  All students applying for PhD studies must have consent of acceptance by supervisor at the proposed host university. A statement of acceptance issued by the supervisor must be attached to the online application.

 

21

What are the documents required for Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship?

 

The documents required for Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship (Bachelors and Masters) are given below:

1. Online application form

2. Motivation Letter

3. Proof of language proficiency and translations in the language of the selected study program or in Hungarian

4. School certificates and their translations in the language of the selected study program or in Hungarian

5. Transcript of records and translation in the language of the selected study program or in Hungarian

6. Medical certificate

7. Copy of passport

8. Statement for Application

For applicants applying for PhD studies, in addition to the above required documents, they would also need to provide the following:

9. Research plan

10. Letters of Recommendation and Statement of the Supervisor

22

What is the mandatory requirement while applying for Ph.D. programs?

 

All students applying for PhD studies must have consent of acceptance by supervisor at the proposed host university. A statement of acceptance issued by the supervisor must be attached to the online application.

 

23

Is GAT-General test conducted by NTS applicable for these scholarships?

No. GAT-General Test conducted by NTS is not applicable for these scholarships.

 

24

Which test is applicable for award of these scholarships?

 

Only HAT organized by Education Testing Council (ETC) is acceptable test for the award of these scholarships. Education Testing Council (ETC) arranges HAT test for eligible applicants for different scholarship schemes of HEC. ETC may arrange HAT test in January, 2021.

25

Are there any MS/M.Phil scholarships?

Yes, there are exclusive MS/M.Phil scholarships offered.

26

Can I edit or modify my submitted application for the scholarships program?

Applicants are advised to check all details of this scholarship scheme before
filing/submitting online application form. Requests for amendment will not be entertained after submission of online application.

27

Is international GRE-General /Subject score acceptable?

No. International GRE-General/Subject is not acceptable for the award of this scholarship. However, the foreign host university may require the same for admission purpose.

28

Can public/private sector employees apply without informing their parent department?                   

Applicant has to apply through proper channel, however, advance copy of the application can be forwarded to HEC.

29

How can I fill out the online application form?     

Applicants are required to submit online applications via HEC e-portal (eportal.hec.gov.pk)

For users who have got their degree attested from HEC or already created common profile at HEC e-portal, please use your existing User ID (CNIC Number) and password to apply. Applicants who have not created common profile are required to create common profile first through online application process and then need to apply for scholarships after following the required procedure.

Hard copy of application form and pre-requisite documents are not required at the initial stage. Moreover, please make sure to keep original bank deposit slip in your record. 

30

Why Engineering disciplines are not available on HEC portal for Bachelors/Undergraduate studies?

 

Due to large intake of Engineering programs in previous 05 batches, this year all other Bachelors/Undergraduate programs are available except for Engineering related disciplines.

However, for Masters & PhD studies, applicants can apply in Engineering programs.

31

I am already availing financial assistance/scholarship from university/institution. Am I eligible for this scholarship?

No, the students already availing financial assistance/scholarship from universities/institutions are not eligible to apply.