The final stages of doctoral studies are the most critical. They are the make-or-break points of several years of hard work and research. However, unforeseen circumstances can put all this effort into serious jeopardy, whether it is financial burdens or time constraints. This is particularly problematic for overseas students.
The Higher Education Commission has instituted a special financial scheme to provide relief to students facing such problems. Through this scheme, monetary support can be provided to overseas scholars who require partial assistance (e.g. tuition, thesis evaluation/submission fee, living expenditure, etc.) in the final stages of their doctoral studies. This applies to PhD students who need this support to complete their studies, or do so in a shorter time period so they can return home earlier. This scheme also extends to the faculty members of public sector universities/DAIs who are enrolled in a PhD program abroad.
- To provide a safety net to students and faculty members studying abroad for their PhD
- To contribute to producing the next generation of scientists, researchers and scholars in the public education sector
- To strengthen the linkages between Pakistani and foreign universities.
Every year, approximately 50 scholars are selected for the Overseas Partial Support program. Application details are available in the following pages.
Under the Partial Support for PhD Program, HEC will grant successful applicants a one-time award with a maximum amount of US $15,000. The amount can cover tuition fee, research or study related expenses, or living allowances.
Applicants have to fill out the requisite form for the program, along with official documents detailing the fee/expenses for which the assistance is required.
All payments due to the university/institution are paid directly to the institute, while individual payments (e.g. living allowances) will be given through the Pakistan Consulate in the foreign country or its subsidiary office.
The program is open for applications the entire year. Meetings are held every quarter for the selection of individuals who will receive the award.