HEC Commonwealth Scholarships for Pakistani Masters & Ph.D. Students

Application is currently ongoing for HEC CommonWealth Scholarships 2025 for Pakistan for Bs, Ms. Ph.D. Students. This scholarship opportunity aims to contribute to the development needs of Commonwealth countries by providing training for skilled and qualified professionals and academics,

Commonwealth Scholarships are fully Funded Scholarships for Students within the Commonwealth countries/region.

About the Scholarship

The Scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID); Commonwealth Masters and Ph.D. scholarships allow talented and motivated individuals to gain advanced knowledge and skills required for sustainable development and are aimed at those who could not otherwise afford their studies in the UK.

The duration of the scholarship program is valid one year for Master & three years for Ph.D. starting in fall 2025.

Complete details of programs, eligibility, and further classification of themes of study offered for 2025 Commonwealth scholarships are below for you to carefully follow.

Why HEC Commonwealth Scholarships?

This Commonwealth Scholarship is for applicants from the middle and low-class Commonwealth states for full-time Masters and doctoral study (Ph.D.) at a UK University.

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC) is responsible for managing Britain’s contribution to the CSFP.

The CSC supports around 700 awards annually. Awards are funded by the Department for International Development, the Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills and the Scottish Government, in conjunction with UK universities.

Level/Field of Study

HEC Commonwealth Scholarships is basically for master’s degree students and Ph.D. students wishing to pursue a degree in the disciplines mentioned below at any University in the UK. The Disciplines include:

  • Science and technologies to growth
  • Strengthening health systems and ability
  • Improving Worldwide wealth
  • Strengthening International peace, governance, and security
  • Strengthening durability and response crises
  • accessibility, addition, and change

Host Nationality

Commonwealth Scholarship Programme is hosted by the United Kingdom (UK)

Eligible Nationalities

The available countries Eligible for Commonwealth scholarship are commonwealth countries.

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How Much is Hec Commonwealth Scholarships 2025?

The Scholarship will cover the following:

  • Approved airfare from your home country to the UK and return at the end of your award (the CSC will not reimburse the cost of fares for dependants, nor usually the cost of journeys made before your award is finally confirmed).
  • Approved tuition fees.
  • Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,084 per month or £1,330 for those at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at 2025/2025 levels).
  • Warm clothing allowance, where applicable.
  • Study travel grants towards the cost of study-related travel within the UK or Overseas.
  • Provision towards the cost of fieldwork undertaken overseas (usually the cost of one economy class return airfare to your fieldwork location) was approved.
  • Paid mid-term visit (airfare) to your home country (unless you have claimed or (intend to claim) spouse and/or child allowances during your scholarships or have received a return airfare to your home country for fieldwork).
  • Family allowances are as follows:
  • Spouse allowance of £233 per month if you and your spouse are living together at the same address in the UK (unless your spouse is also in receipt of a scholarship; other conditions also apply). Child allowance of £233 per month for the first child, and £114 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16, if you are accompanied by your spouse and children and they are living with you at the same address in the UK.
  • If you are widowed, divorced, or a single parent, a child allowance of £465 per month for the first child and £114 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16, if you are accompanied by your children and they, are living with you at the same address in the UK.

The CSC’s family allowances are intended to be only a contribution towards the cost of maintaining your family in the UK. The true costs are likely to be considerably higher, and you must be able to supplement these allowances in order to support any family members who come to the UK with you.

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Duration of the Program

The whole period of this scholarship program is valid for one year for Masters and three years for a Ph.D. beginning in Fall 2025.

HEC Commonwealth Scholarships 2025 Eligibility

The admission is available under the Commonwealth scholarship in the UK  for 2025. Standard eligibility conditions are as follows:

  • Be described as a Pakistani/AJ&K domestic & permanent resident of Pakistan/AJ&K.
  • Age shouldn’t be significantly more than 30 years for Masters and 35 years for Ph.D. during application.
  • Be accessible to begin your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2025.
  • To Master Scholarship, the candidate, at the final date of application, must hold a first-class degree complete in every aspect of graduate qualification (16 years degree i.e., MSC/MA/MBA/BS/BBA and so forth ) from the appropriate field of study.
  • For Ph.D. Scholarship candidates, by the final date of application, must hold a first-class degree complete in every aspect of postgraduate qualification (17/18 years MS/MPhil degree ) from the appropriate field of study.
  • Not having any third division throughout your academic career and a maximum of two-second divisions are allowed but the candidate must not have a second division in the terminal/ last degree.
  • Must apply under one of the themes mentioned above and on the CSC website, and the candidate’s field of study must be in line with the future development needs of Pakistan.
  • NOT be registered for a Ph.D., or an MPhil leading to a Ph.D., or Masters at a UK university before September/October 2025 or a candidate not studied at the same level in the UK before.
  • Be financially unable to afford to study in the United Kingdom without this scholarship.

How to Apply for HEC Commonwealth Scholarship? 

  • Apply online at the HEC website: http://eportal.hec.gov.pk/loa. After registering and filling out your profile, please select “Learning Opportunities Abroad” under the “Scholarship and Grant” menu in the left-hand side panel of the online portal. After that, apply online for Commonwealth Scholarship through Electronic Application System (EAS). at:http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/apply/eas/applicants/phd-scholarships-low-middle-income-countries/
  • Upload deposit slip of Rs.500/- (in original) deposited through HEC online Account No. 17427900133401 in HBL, Shalimar Recording Company Branch, H-9, Islamabad. All payments are to be made to HEC through HBL online facility. This facility is available in all branches of Habib Bank Ltd.
  • All the applications for Master/ Ph.D. without submitting both the EAS Application form and the online HEC form will not be entertained in any case.
  • Save your HEC online application & Commonwealth online application after a successful submission to relevant portals.
  • Hard copies of the HEC application form (along with deposit slip, relevant academic documents viz. transcripts, equivalence for a foreign degree, statement of purpose, study/research plan, copies of CNIC) & Commonwealth scholarship forms will be taken from shortlisted candidates only.
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NOTE:

  • HEC might conduct a test/interview or both if possible, to shortlist candidates.
  • Commonwealth UK will not accept direct applications. All of the nominations from Pakistan will be routed via HEC.
  • HEC supports equal chances; for that reason, females are encouraged to apply.
  • HEC will short-list eligible applicants based on selection criteria, i.e., highest academic merit, quality of study/research plan, and significance of candidate selected field, together with Pakistan’s future development needs, provincial/regional quota as well as the number of scholarship slots allocated to Pakistani students.
  • By-hand applications, incomplete applications, or applications received after the deadline won’t be accepted. The recommendation of nominating agency, i.e., HEC, is likely to soon be binding and final.
  • Please note that HEC has a facilitation role in the nomination process; a 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 right to cancel and debar for all future scholarships as well as impose a penalty, as decided by HEC.
  • It is the sole responsibility of applicants to ensure that they apply to HEC Online system and EAS Online application form simultaneously before the deadline of 12th December 2025, as applications submitted after the deadline shall NOT be entertained in any case.

Application Deadline

Do not send your hard copies of applications at this stage. The deadline for submission of the HEC online application is September 30.

Interested and qualified candidates for Hec Commonwealth Scholarships should click on the Commonwealth Scholarship Application Portal to apply. CONTACT US  

For further details relevant to Commonwealth Scholarships 2025 & applying online, please visit the below-mentioned links:

CONTACT DETAILS

Learning Opportunities Abroad (LOA) Scholarship Cell
HRD Division, Higher Education Commission
Sector H-8/1, Islamabad.
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 051-90808029

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