How to Apply

The applications must be submitted through the HEC. HEC will forward the eligible applications to the IDB. Applications sent directly to the IDB will not be considered.


  • Apply online at HEC website: After registering and filling your profile, please select "Learning Opportunities Abroad" under "Scholarship and Grant" menu in left hand side panel of the online portal. After submission of the application, get its printed copy to be signed & stamped by employer. Attach deposit slip of Rs. 500/- (in original) through HEC online Account No. 17427900133401 in HBL, Shalimar Recording Company Branch, H-9, Islamabad (no other documents to be attached with HEC application form except a deposit slip). All payments are to be made to HEC through HBL online facility. This facility is available in all branches of Habib Bank Ltd.
  •  Download the application form for PhD Applica​tion PhD Form  OR application form for Post Doc Ap​plicationPostDoc.pdf.
  • Fill the same application forms and make two sets of printed online application forms (PhD or Post-Doctoral) (one original and 01 photocopy) along-with research proposal/abstract in spiral binding (02 sets of application one each in a separate spiral binding).
  • Print HEC online application form (one set) already submitted through HEC e-portal and attach bank deposit slip only with HEC application form.

Selection Procedure:

All the applications nominated by HEC will have to go through the following process before final award:

  • Screening by the IDB Governor's Office to forward to IDB the most eligible applications;
  • In-house review at the IDB;
  • Scientific and technical evaluation of eligible applications by a panel of external reviewers   composed of scientists and experts in their fields.
  • Final selection by the IDB.


Please visit the below mentioned IDB scholarship website for more information.


  • IDB does not accept direct applications. All nominations from Pakistan will be routed via HEC.
  • HEC endorses equal opportunity, however, females are encouraged to apply.
  • At the time of applying, no educational document be attached except research proposal/abstract, hard copies of application forms and bank deposit slip. These documents mentioned above will not be returned whether the application is successful or not.
  • HEC will shortlist eligible applicants on the basis of selection criteria, highest academic merit, and the number of scholarship slots allocated for Pakistani students.
  • Incomplete applications or applications received after due date will NOT be accepted. The recommendation of nominating agency i.e. HEC will be final and binding.
  • Please note that HEC has facilitation role in nomination process, as 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 will reserve all rights to cancel and debar for all future scholarships as well as impose penalty, as decided by HEC.

Please send two sets of IDB application forms along-with research proposal/abstract in Spiral binding and one copy of HEC application form with bank deposit slip (in original) separately without spiral binding on or before 12th February 2018 on the address given below at Contact details:


Director (HRD)

In-charge IDB Scholarship Programme

HRD Division, Higher Education Commission

Sector H-9, Islamabad.;