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Approved Ph.D. Supervisors


Doctoral education primarily concentrates on the cultivation of appropriate research skills to undertake an independent inquiry where eduaction is imparted through highly personalized arrangements supported by the supervisor and the supervisory committee. This goal imposes special responsibilities on the PhD student’s supervisors who must guide students towards the productive lines of research and ethical conduct and help build student’s professional career. 


 The approved PhD supervisor program was initially started by the University Grant Commission. Eventually, Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (PCST) became principal agency responsible for evaluating and approving faculty and researchers as PhD supervisor. However, PCST's emphasis was only on the discipline of Science and Technology. It was in February 2004 when the whole program was taken over by Higher Education Commission. The HEC Approved PhD Supervisor is the requirement for those scholars who have been awarded HEC scholarships




The specific objective of this program is to identify the well-qualified, experienced and active Researchers/Scholars among the faculty member of HEC recognized Universities/Degree Awarding Institutions (DAI’s) and R&D Organizations faculty members to act as PhD supervisors for doctoral students funded under various HEC PhD Scholarship Programs

Eligibility Criteria


    1. 1. PhD degree from HEC recognized National University/Degree Awarding Institutes (DAI’s) or reputed  international University/Institution.

2. Faculty Member or Researcher at Public / Private University / DAI’s and researcher/Scientist of the R&D Organizations.


    1. 3. Adjunct faculty needs approval from head of Institution i.e. VC / Rector for confirming their appointment.




  1. At least two research publications in ISI (Institute of Scientific Information, USA) indexed journals with impact factor in the past five years.


  1. Cumulative Impact Factor of minimum 5.00 or more for the entire research publications record.


  1. PhD degree obtained within the last 05 years from a reputed foreign university.





Category 1:

Candidates holding foreign Ph.D. Degree from reputed international university


Option a:        For candidates who have completed their Ph.D. in the last five years


Fresh Ph.D.’s with no Publications/ Supervisory Experience can supervise only two researchers at a time.  

 Option b:       For candidates who completed their Ph.D. more than five years ago


         Three Local publications in the last five years in at least ‘Y’ category HEC Recognized Journals.


Three publications in journals listed in the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Social SciSearch, Arts & Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI) and Arts & Humanities Search.


Category 2: 

Candidates holding indigenous PhD


      International teaching/ research/ fellowship experience at post-doc level for at least a semester and three publications in the last five years in at least ‘Y’ category HEC Recognized Journals.


Atleast two publications in the 'X' category and one publication in ‘Y’ category HEC Recognized Journals in last five years.


Three publications in journals listed in the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Social SciSearch, Arts & Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI) and Arts & Humanities Search.


How to Apply


HEC Approved Ph.D. Supervisors registration is an ongoing process and applications can be submitted at any time. In order to make the entire application process easier for Ph.D. supervisors, a Project Management Unit has been established at HEC to oversee day-to-day details and facilitate communications.



  • 1) Download the form 
  • 2) Fill in the required Information
  • 3) Send a soft copy of form through email on phdsupervisor@hec.gov.pk
  • 4) Send two Hard Copies of form via post on following address through proper Channel (i.e., supervisors have to send their forms with the approval of their university Registrar or from head of Institution or VC / Rector for confirming their appointment).


Mrs. Saima Naurin

Project Director

HRD Division

Higher Education Commission

H-9, Islamabad

Email: phdsupervisor@hec.gov.pk


*No other documents are required with the approved supervisor’s Performa.


 Download HEC Approved Supervisor Application Form



Re-Evaluation of HEC Approved Supervisors:

The profiles of all HEC Approved Ph.D. supervisors will be re-evaluated after every three years in term of eligibility criteria of HEC Approved Supervisor. If a supervisor will not meet the criteria or will have not updated his /her profile then HEC has reserved a right to unpublished his/her name from HEC Approved Supervisor list.  

At A Glance

As per the directives of the HEC Competent Authority, all HEC Approved Supervisors need to get verification of their PhD degree from HEC on priority basis, for further details kindly visit the following link


Related Documents
Registration of Supervisor’s_Proforma.docRegistration of Supervisor’s_Proforma
ASA-Data March2015-v2.pdfASA-Data March2015-v2

For queries related to all disciplines please contact


Saima Naurin

Project Director, (HRD)

Higher Education Commission,

H-9, Islamabad

Phone no: +92-51-9080 8033-34

Email : snaurin@hec.gov.pk



Research Assistant, (HRD)

Higher Education Commission

H-9, Islamabad

Phone no: +92-51-9080 8072

Email : phdsupervisor@hec.gov.pk


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