HEC Indigenous Scholarship – For Ph.D. students, HEC has announced an Indigenous Scholarship. Outstanding Pakistani and AJK citizens who wish to pursue a doctorate at universities or degree-awarding institutions recognized by the Pakistani Higher Education Commission (HEC) are encouraged to apply.

HEC Indigenous Scholarship

Local students who wish to pursue their MS/M.Phil/Ph.D. degree programs at various universities in Pakistan may apply for one of the 5000 Indigenous fellowships being given by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC). Get detailed information about the scholarship program and submit an application on or before the deadline if you are a candidate who is eligible and interested in applying for the Indigenous scholarship.

Eligibility Criteria for HEC Indigenous Scholarship

Applicant must be a national of Pakistan or the AJK, and only HEC students are eligible for the award. The HEC 500 HEC Indigenous Scholarship 2023 is open to applicants who are enrolled in MS/M.Phil/Ph.D. programs at HEC and their recognized universities.

Direct Ph.D. scholarship applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 (out of 4.0 in the semester system) or first division (in the annual system) in their MS, MPhil, or equivalent degree; applicants who have received any other scholarships are ineligible to apply.

The Categories for the HEC Indigenous Scholarship

Students are however encouraged to submit applications in one of these four categories:

  • Bachelors/ Masters (16 Years) Completed¬†
  • Masters/Mphil (18 Years Completed)
  • Masters/Mphil (18 Years)¬†
  • EnrolledEnrolled in PhD

Age Limit for the HEC Indigenous Scholarship

The minimum and maximum age requirements for candidates should be 16 and 40, respectively.


How to Apply for HEC Indigenous Scholarship

  • Only online applications through (e-portal.hec/gov.pk) are accepted by applicants. Applications and other documentation do not need to be submitted by hand at this time.
  • Original proof of a 500 rupee (non-refundable) online deposit or ATM transfer made in the name of the HEC’s director general of finance. Additionally, any bank may deposit the fee into the Habib Bank Limited account with the routing number 1742-79001334-01.

Supervisor Allowance

Acceptance of the Ph.D. summary by the Board of Advanced Studies and Research, once payment has been received in full of Rs. Publication with co-authorship of HEC supervise in an ISI journal at a price of Rs.30,000 to be paid to the supervisor once per year for three years (up to a maximum of Rs.70,000) OR on publication with co-authorship of HEC supervise in an HEC approved journal at a price of Rs.15,000 twice per year for three years, Ph.D. thesis writing completed and sent for review abroad: Rs. 50,000 once paid; Rs. 20,000 once paid; Rs. 50,000 once paid; Ph.D. completion/degree notification completed: Rs. 50,000 once paid.


Application Deadline

According to the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, the deadline for registering for the scholarship award program is February 2024. Also, Eligible candidates should visit the HEC’s official website for Pakistan to learn more.


It’s vital to keep in mind that the specifics, prerequisites, and perks offered by the HEC Indigenous Scholarship program are subject to change. It however advisable you visit the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan’s official website or get in touch with the HEC directly if you want the most precise and recent information regarding the HEC Indigenous Scholarship program.