Higher Education Commission has attempted to strike a balance among different areas of need while selecting PhD students for this short term research support. The number of scholarships awarded to Arts, Humanities and Social Science subjects is on lower side due to low application turnover for these fields. However, enormous efforts are being made to encourage social researchers to apply for this scholarship so that they may be able to research deeply social values and their impact on society.

Agriculture, Biological sciences, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Sciences get the second place in the statistics below. However, scholarships awarded to engineering and business students are the lowest by the reason that either Pakistan has less number of PhD students in these fields or they don't apply for the program