1. What is
the eligibility criteria for Commonwealth Scholarship?
To apply for this scholarships,
- Must 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.
- Applicant must not have registered for a Master or PhD, or an
MPhil leading to a PhD, at a UK university before September/October 2022
- NOT have started and/or 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
- Applicant must not be able to afford to study in the UK without
- Two references letter must be submitted online to UK application
- Must obtain minimum 70% marks in HEC Aptitude Test (HAT).
2. How to
find program & university?
Visit following sites and find your
desired program by following mentioned methods in web link. CSC participating
universities can also be found by visiting below links.
3. How to
apply online at HEC & CSC (Commonwealth portal)?
There are 2 mandatory steps to apply:
(Commonwealth Online Application)
Apply online to Commonwealth (CW)
Scholarship for Master & Doctoral studies (PhD) through their Electronic
Application System (EAS) at:
Step - 2
(HEC Online application)
Apply online at HEC website:
https://eportal.hec.gov.pk. After registering and filling your profile, please
select "Learning Opportunities Abroad" under "Scholarship and
Grant" menu in left hand side panel of the online portal.
4. What is
the last date/ deadline to apply for Commonwealth Scholarship?
Deadline for HEC and CW portal:
For HEC Portal: Deadline for
submission of HEC online application 1st November, 2021 (1600 Hours Pakistan
For CW portal: All applications must
be submitted and all mandatory fields completed in the application form by
16:00 (GMT) on 1st November, 2021 at the latest. Your application must include
the following supporting documentation by 16:00 (GMT) on 22nd November, 2021 in
order for their application to be eligible for consideration.
Note it is the sole responsibility of
applicants to ensure that they apply before the deadline.
5. Is there
any fee to apply for Commonwealth Scholarship?
No, there isn’t any application fee
for Commonwealth Scholarship, However, the fee for HAT test is Rs. 800/- While
submitting an online application at HEC website applicant needs to attach scan
copy of deposit slip.
can applicant pay the fee for Commonwealth Scholarship?
While submitting an online application
at HEC website, do attach scan copy of deposit slip of Rs. 800/-
(non-refundable) deposited in HEC online Account No. 17427900133401 in HBL,
Sector H-9, Islamabad for HEC Aptitude Test (HAT) to be conducted by Education
Testing Council (ETC). All payments are to be made to HEC through HBL online
facility available across HBL branches in Pakistan.
8. What is
the test date for Higher Education Aptitude Test (HAT)?
HEC - Education Testing Council (ETC)
Pakistan will conduct HAT test in November-2021 (Tentatively). For more
information, visit official website of ETC https://etc.hec.gov.pk or lock your
query at onlinehelp.hec.gov.pk
9. Is there
any Important Information related to scholarship?
- HEC may conduct test/interview to shortlist/nominate candidates.
- HEC validate/promote equal opportunity, therefore, females are
encouraged to apply.
- Please note that HEC has only facilitation role in nomination
process, as final selection will be made by the donor country. Further, HEC
will have no financial liability regarding this scholarship.
- In case of submitting false information at any stage, HEC reserves
the rights to cancel and ban applicants for all future scholarships.
- It is the sole responsibility of applicants to ensure that they
apply before the deadline of 1st November 2021.
- HEC online portal shall close as per the deadline, thereafter, no
candidate would be able to apply. Also, incomplete applications (not submitted)
will NOT be entertained.
- Applicants are advised to complete and submit their application as
soon as possible, as the online application system will be very busy in the
days leading up to the application deadline
10. Is it
mandatory to appear in Higher Education Aptitude Test (HAT)?
Yes, appearance in test is mandatory
as difficulty level of this test is different.
11. What is
the minimum qualifying marks required for Higher Education Aptitude Test (HAT)?
Applicants are required to obtain
minimum 70% marks in Higher Education Aptitude Test (HAT) for consideration
applicant mistakenly submit false information at any stage (if qualified) will
they be eligible for the scholarship?
Applicant are required to submit their
information carefully. In case of submitting false information at any stage,
HEC reserves the rights to cancel and disqualify applicant for all future
Application form once submitted is not
IELTS necessary for applying in Commonwealth scholarship?
No. However, applicant has to fulfil
his/her intended university requirement.
14. What is
age limit for Masters/PhD?
There is no age limit.
15. Can an Afghan
national apply for this scholarship?
No, only Pakistani / AJ&K national
can apply for this scholarship.
international GRE-General /Subject score acceptable?
No. International GRE-General/Subject
is not acceptable for the award of this scholarship.
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) shall arrange HAT test for eligible applicants
in November, 2021.
are the mandatory requirement while applying for Ph.D. Programs?
Candidates applying for PhD studies
must have consent of acceptance by supervisor at the proposed host university
(mentioned in application form). A statement of acceptance issued by the
supervisor must be attached to the online application.
Online references must also be
submitted by CW portal deadline