Guidelines and sources for scholarships abroad

Each year, colleges and universities in Europe, Asia and the Americas offer thousands of scholarships for international students. Like others, Pakistani students are also eligible to apply for those scholarships around the globe.

Why Scholarships?

  • Provide you with the financial means to study
  • Exchanges ideas
  • Skills development
  • Cultural exchanges

Are the scholarships only for Masters and PhD degrees?

The scholarships are not limited to Masters or PhD but also includes:

  • Bachelors
  • Exchange
  • Internships
  • Conferences

Requirements for scholarships

The key to win a scholarship are:

  • Updated information
  • Organised efforts
  • Confidence to apply

How to search for Resources (updated/ informed)?

Information about scholarships can be gathered through different resources like:

  • Google search (with suitable Keywords)
  • Searching Scholarships
  • Joining groups
  • Subscribing to websites


You must have the following documents:

  • Statement of Purpose (SOP)
  • About yourself, personal motivations
    • Your career Bachelors /masters
    • Relevance of your activities, skills with post you are applying for
    • Academic interests
    • Extracurricular activities
  • Motivation Letter

Almost same as SOP in which you explain more clearly the relevance of your personal motivations, career, activities with the field, you are applying for.

  • No extracurricular activities, other irrelevant activities
  • You have to show how you are fit for that position you are applying for
  • Study Plan
  • Research Proposal
  • Study plan
  • Recommendation Letters

Country specific scholarships

If you are a Pakistani student in need of funding to study abroad, you are in luck – there is a wide range of international scholarships available to study in some of the world’s most popular study destinations, including the UK, the US and Canada.

Many countries offer scholarships to Pakistani students. This means that these scholarships are only offered to Pakistani students at Graduate, Post Graduate & PhD level and they do not have to compete with international students.

These scholarships are advertised through print, electronic and social media throughout the year to attract Pakistani students and to ensure that these scholarships are filled. There is no shortage of avenues for Pakistani students who wish to go abroad for pursue further education in different parts of the world. A few sources are below.

Scholarship links and resources

Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan – Government scholarships, mostly at graduate level, to study abroad in a range of countries such as the US, the UK, Australia, Germany, France and more.  

For more details please click on the link below;

The Asia Foundation Development Fellows program – A learning program for Asian students to enhance their leadership skills and international exposure by studying in Asia and the US.

The Punjab Educational Endowment Fund (PEEF) PhD Foreign Scholarships – Scholarships for Pakistani students to study a PhD at any of the top 50 universities in the QS World University Rankings®, covering tuition fees, room and board, airfare and health insurance. You must be no older than 35 and meet the other eligibility requirements.

UK Scholarships

Anne Marie Schimmel Scholarship – A scholarship for a Pakistani woman to study a master’s in any subject in the UK, with the commitment to return to Pakistan to make a genuine contribution in their chosen field.

Brunel University London – As well as offering scholarships to all international students, Brunel University London offers country-specific scholarships for Pakistani students at all study levels.

CELFS Academic Achievement Scholarship at the University of Bristol – A scholarship for Pakistani students studying at the International Foundation Program at the Centre for English Languages and Foundation Studies (CELFS) who progress to an undergraduate program at the University of Bristol.

Charles Wallace Pakistan Trust Scholarships – A UK charity offering scholarships to study in the UK to Pakistani doctoral students, graduate researchers or visiting fellows.

Scotland Saltire Scholarships – International scholarships for Pakistani students to study at any university in Scotland at all study levels in various universities. The scholarships are targeted at the priority sectors of creative industries, life sciences, technology, financial services and renewable and clean energy.

The Bestway Foundation Scholarship at the University of Kent – Postgraduate scholarships for Pakistani students to study a full-time program in science, technology, engineering or math. All applicants with an offer will be automatically considered.

University of Birmingham Scholarships for Pakistani Students – A variety of part-fee scholarships are available to Pakistani students, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, such as the Success Factor Pakistan Outstanding Achievement Scholarships for undergraduates commencing their studies in September 2019.

University of Sheffield – A range of undergraduate and graduate scholarships for Pakistani students to study in the UK at the University of Sheffield.

University of Sussex Pakistan Scholarships – A scholarship for a Pakistani student to study any full-time taught master’s program at the University of Sussex and to receive a £3,000 (US$3,900) tuition fee reduction.

US and Canada scholarships

Golden Gate University Bita Daryabari Scholarship – A scholarship for female Middle Eastern students, including students from Pakistan, to study an MBA at Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) – A range of fellowships for Pakistani students to study in the US at all study levels. You’ll need a strong level of academic achievement, and to be under 25 if applying for the Global Undergraduate Program.

Queen’s University Mehran Bibi Sheikh Memorial Entrance Scholarship – A scholarship awarded based on academic excellence, with preference given to Pakistani students. The university offers more international scholarships, able to browse on the same page.

Australia Scholarships

Griffith University International Student Excellence Scholarship – Undergraduate and graduate scholarships for high-achieving Nepalese or Pakistani students to study at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia.

University of Wollongong International Scholarships – Students from Pakistan are among those eligible for the university’s international scholarships, including the 2019 UOW Sydney Business School Bursary Scheme, to study a master’s in business.

Germany Scholarships

DAAD Scholarship Database - A range of scholarships for Pakistani students to study in Germany, offered by the DAAD and other sources.

To Study in Hungary

Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarships

Turkey scholarships

Turkey is now accepting Turkish Government scholarship applications from international students around the world. Turkey scholarships for International Students are now underway and it is certainly a great time for students. The country has opened its doors to students from around the world and is encouraging them to study at their prestigious Turkish universities


The Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship by Japanese Grant Aid (JDS) – 18 scholarships are available for Pakistani students to study a master’s degree in English at an eligible Japanese university. (The 2018 process is closed, please check back for the 2019 round).

A wide range of scholarships are available for Pakistani students to study in Japan which include:


China has become a popular destination for Pakistani students for post-graduate studies in the last decade or so. There are a lot of Chinese universities that offer scholarships to Pakistani students. For more information click on the link below;


The Global Korea   Scholarship (KGSP) -The prestigious and highly competitive Global Korea Scholarship (GKS) was previously known as Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP).The Global Korea Scholarship is designed to provide international students with opportunities to study at higher educational institutions in Korea for graduate-level degrees, which will enhance international education exchange and deepen mutual friendship between Korea and participating countries;

Foreign Government Scholarships:

  • Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship

  • Netherlands Fellowship Program (OKP)

  • Indonesian Government Scholarships (KND)

  • Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC)

  • Malaysian Government Scholarship

  • Fulbright USA

  • Australian government scholarships (AusAid)

  • Turkish Government Scholarship TUBITAK

  • Romanian Govt. Scholarships

  • Erasmus Mundus Action 1 and Action 2

  • Hong Kong Government Scholarship

  • Hungary Government Scholarships

Exchange Scholarships, Internships, Exchange, Summer School

  • Erasmus Mundus, Action 2 exchanges Europe, hopefully in September and October onwards dates will come for these 4 programs for BS, MS, PhD exchanges. Next Erasmus Plus depends on university

  • Austria: Ernst Mach Grants for BS, MS, PhD exchanges

  • SISSA Italy exchanges (Start from March to October, every month)

  • USA Global UGRAD for undergraduates in November, SUSI (Same as UGRAD), Georgia Tech (End of December).



  • Mexican Govt. exchanges (HEC announces)



  • GIST, GIFT(Summer, Winter), South Korea

  • CERN, Switzerland

  • ETH, Fellowship, Switzerland 

  • JAPAN Summer Internship

  • ADB

  • EPFL

  • TIGP (Taiwan)

  • UTRIP, UTSIP University of Tokyo, Japan (Jan)

  • VRSP KAUST, KSA, Open for suitable candidates in projects

Summer Schools

  • Astron, Netherlands

Research Assistantships

  • Projects announced, Italy, Qatar, Saudi Arabia

  • Germany research assistantships

What should low CGPA people do?

  • Complete the auxiliary things e.g. IELTS/ TOEFL, GRE/GMAT
  • Online courses certificates
  • Developing skills
  • Publishing papers
  • Research Assistantships
  • HEC Scholarships
  • Exchange scholarships
  • Start Masters in Pakistan but with Publications and good CGPA
  • Start working and getting two years of experience

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