US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor PhD Scholarship Program

Status: We are not receiving fresh applications for this session. The applications are closed on 20 February 2020, however the candidates having admission with tuition waiver can send their documents to

In June 2015 the United States and Pakistan established an Education, Science and Technology Working Group (ESTWG) under the Bilateral Strategic Dialogue. During the official visit of the Prime Minister of Pakistan to meet with President Obama and other US officials on October 22, 2015 the two leaders discussed the proposal to establish US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor and directed their respective governments to intensify their cooperation in this important framework to achieve the ambitious priority targets of developing high level human capital envisioned in Pakistan's policy document Vision 2025.

According to the Plan, ten thousand (10,000) Pakistani scholars will join US universities in next ten years as an effort of the Government of Pakistan to train its faculty resources in identified subject areas.

As Phase-I, 1500 scholarships will be financed through Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) and the project has been approved in ECNEC, held on Jan 25, 2017.

Below is the list of critically needed thrust areas and disciplines of studies based on the HEC survey and planned growth priorities of Vision 2025:

Arts & Humanities; Design & Media; Water Resources & Energy, Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, Business Sciences, Agriculture & Food security, Veterinary Sciences, Engineering & Technology, Emerging Technology, Nano-Technology, Computers, Medical & Allied Health Sciences, Bio-Technology, Telecommunications, Human-made Materials, Robotics, Microelectronics.

The main objectives of the project are:

  • To enable the academically qualified, 10,000 Pakistani students/faculty to continue Ph.D. studies in US Universities in the selected fields.
  •  As a Phase-I, 1500 scholarships will be financed through Public Sector Development Program (PSDP).
  • To enhance the research and academic capacity of the Higher Education Institutions of the Pakistan by providing trained manpower in selected fields who will improve quality of instruction and innovative research.
  • To train 2000-3000 potential candidates annually for admission in US universities through preparatory classes for English language, GRE or others under "Talent Farming Process" as per admission requirements of US universities.
  • The program will develop a collaboration between Pakistani and renowned US institutions to transfer new research techniques focused on Pakistani needs. 

Last Updated: 21-02-2020 16:34

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