Eligibility Criteria

To apply for these scholarships, you must meet eligibility requirements mentioned below:

  • Be a Pakistani/AJ&K national & permanent resident of Pakistan/AJ&K. Dual nationals are not eligible.
  • Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2022
  • For Master scholarship, applicant must hold a first-class degree in relevant postgraduate qualification (16 years Bachelors/master's degree) in the relevant field of study by closing date of applications
  • For PhD scholarship, applicant must hold a first-class degree in relevant postgraduate qualification (17/18 years Masters/MS/MPhil degree) in the relevant field of study by closing date of applications
  • Maximum two-second divisions are allowed but candidate must not have second division in the terminal/last degree.
  • Must apply under one of the themes as mentioned above and on the CSC website and candidate's field of study must be in line with future development needs of Pakistan.
  • NOT be registered for a Master or PhD, or an MPhil leading to a PhD, at a UK university before September/October 2022
  • NOT have commenced and be currently registered for a Master or PhD, or an MPhil leading to a PhD, in your home country or elsewhere
  • Have the support of a potential supervisor from at least one UK university listed in your application form. (For PhD)
  • Have provided all supporting documentation in the required format
  • Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship
  • Two references submitted online to UK application system.
  • Must obtain minimum 70% marks in HEC Aptitude Test (HAT).

Kindly visit below mentioned links for further details on eligibility criteria & terms of award:


For Master: https://cscuk.fcdo.gov.uk/scholarships/commonwealth-masters-scholarships/


For PhD: https://cscuk.fcdo.gov.uk/scholarships/commonwealth-phd-scholarships-for-least-developed-countries-and-fragile-states/

Important Instructions:

References from at least two individuals – submitted directly by the referees to the online application system (referees will be sent an email request)

Supporting statement from a proposed supervisor in the UK from at least one of the institutions named university institutions named on your application form -– submitted directly by your proposed supervisor to the online application system (supervisors will be sent an email request).

It is applicant’s responsibility to ensure that their referees and proposed supervisor(s) are able to complete the references and supporting statements by the deadline, and that they receive the reference and statement requests (email request).