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Everything You Need To Know About HEC’s Commonwealth Scholarship Program in UK

BY Faizan Ahmed Sep 16, 2022. 07:14 pm UPDATED: Sep 16, 2022. 07:14 pm

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A fully financed Commonwealth Scholarship Program in the UK has been announced by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) for teaching faculty, Ph.D. candidates, and Masters students.

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) of the UK and the HEC jointly created the scholarship programme with the intention of enabling talented individuals to attend prestigious universities while also advancing Pakistan’s long-term development.

Since 1960, the CSC has provided funding for about 30,000 students to study in the UK.

Here is all you need to know about the HEC’s Commonwealth Scholarships.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet the following requirements of the HEC and the CSC.

  • HEC
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The applicant must

    • Be a Pakistani/Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) national.
    • Not be a dual national.
    • Have a first-class degree in a relevant postgraduate qualification (16 years Bachelor’s/Master’s degree) for the Master’s scholarship by the deadline.
    • Have a first-class degree in a relevant postgraduate qualification (17/18 years Masters/MS/M.Phil. degree) for the Ph.D. scholarship by the deadline.
    • Not have second/third division in their last degree.
    • Not be awaiting results.
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    • Provide their Higher Education Aptitude Test (HAT) test scores with a minimum of 60 out of 100. Those who have taken the test on or after 1 January 2022 may upload their results on HEC’s portal for consideration.​
    • Those who are yet to take the HAT can register for it on the HEC’s Education Testing Council (ETC) portal before 11 October 2022.
  • CSC
    • The applicant must be a national of an eligible Commonwealth country.
    • The applicant must be available to start academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September 2023.
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    • The CSC does not normally fund a second UK Master’s degree. If the applicant is applying for a second UK Master’s degree, they will need to justify their reasons for attempting to undertake this study.
    • The applicant must be unable to afford studying in the UK without this scholarship.
    • The applicant must provide complete transcripts detailing all their higher education qualifications, including their latest transcripts for any of their current qualifications (with certified translations if not in English), and upload them onto the online application system.
    • The applicant must provide references of at least two individuals.
  • Ph.D. Criteria
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    • The applicant must not be registered for a Ph.D. or an M.Phil. leading to a Ph.D. at a UK university or in Pakistan before September/October 2023.
    • The applicant must provide a supporting statement from a proposed supervisor in the UK from at least one of the institutions named on his/her application form.
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