In June 2015 the United States and Pakistan established an Education, Science and Technology Working Group (ESTWG) under the Bilateral Strategic Dialogue discussed the proposal during the meeting of Prime Minister of Pakistan and President of USA to establish US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor. Both the dignitaries directed their respective governments to intensify their cooperation in this important framework to achieve the ambitious priority targets of developing high-level human capital envisioned in Pakistan's policy document Vision 2025.
According to the Plan, ten thousand (10,000) Pakistani scholars will join US universities in the next ten years as an effort of the Government of Pakistan to train its faculty resources in identified subject areas.
Phase – 1 of the plan; approved by ECNEC on Jan 25, 2017, and revised later in August 2020; envisions to send 1,000 Pakistani students in Top Ranked universities of USA with PhD scholarships under the project titled "PhD Scholarships under US – Pak Knowledge Corridor-Phase -1 (Revised)"
The main objectives of the project are:
- To enable the academically qualified 1,000 Pakistani students/Non-PhD faculty to continue Ph.D. studies in US Universities.
- To enhance the research and academic capacity of the Higher Education Institutions of Pakistan by providing trained manpower who will improve the quality of instruction and innovative research.
- To train approx: 1,000 potential candidates annually for admission in US top-ranked universities through preparatory classes for GRE and TOEFL/IELTS under the "Talent Farming Scheme" of the project.
- The program will develop a collaboration between Pakistani and renowned US institutions to transfer new research techniques focused on Pakistani needs.
Category I: Candidates securing admission in the listed US Universities with tuition support:
Initial settlement Allowance, Monthly living stipend, Return Airfare and Health Insurance
List of the universities is available at https://www.hec.gov.pk/english/scholarshipsgrants/US-Pakcorridor/Documents/List-Selected-Universities.pdf . Students applying under this category need to have tuition support from the host universities while applying at HEC.
Category II: Candidates securing admission in US Universities falling within overall QS Ranking of 300
Monthly Living Stipend, Health Insurance, Return Airfare and tuition on a negotiated rate.
Applications for Category II have been closed on January 10, 2021, however; applicants having admission with Tuition Support may apply and send a copy of the application form along with supporting documents at firstname.lastname@example.org