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Pak-USAID Merit and Needs based Scholarship Program

Brief History

The Pak-USAID Merit and Needs based Scholarship Program Phase-II are focused on providing opportunities for access to higher education especially to under privileged candidates who, despite possessing academic merit, are unable to finance their education. The scholarship is not restricted to tuition only, but extends to accommodation and living expenses. 

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) has approved the program at a total cost of Rs. 2,954.808 million in its meeting held on 6th September 2013. The Project is funded by Government of United States of America as Grant in Aid. 

The Phase-I of the program was initiated in 2004 at eleven (11) universities with scope of 1807 scholarships. It is the pride of the program that all the scholarships are awarded, 94 percent of the scholarship recipients had graduated in the semester they expected to graduate. 


  1. To enable the academically qualified, yet financially needy, Pakistani students to continue university studies in selected private and public universities of Pakistan in the fields of Agriculture, Medical, Business, Social Science and Engineering.
  2. To enhance the institutional capacity of the Higher Education Commission of the Government of Pakistan and local public and private sector universities in designing and implementing MNBSP Phase II.


Scholarship Composition

Comprehensive scholarship offered under this program provides funds for the following expenses:

  • Tuition Fee
  • Lodging
  • Transportation
  • Books
  • Other Academics Costs


Eligibility Criteria

  1. The applicant must be a Pakistani/AJK National 
  2. Financial assistance & scholarships are available for study at undergraduate & graduate level in the prescribed disciplines at the selected 31 Pakistani universities and degree awarding institutions.
    • Agricultural & Veterinary Sciences
    • Business Administration
    • Social Sciences
    • Engineering & Tech.
    • Medical
  3. Students need to compete for securing admission in the approved discipline at the participating institution as per admission policy of the institution and be enrolled in Undergraduate (4 and 5 ) and Graduate (2 Years and 3.5 years) programs 
  4. Only those students who are enrolled in first semester/ professional year in the respective courses offered by the participating institutions are eligible to apply 
  5. The eligibility of a candidate is linked to neediness of the candidate as determined & assessed by the financial background of his/her family. 

How To Apply


  • The deserving students can obtain complete Scholarship Application Form from the Financial Aid Office (FAO) at the participating University/Institution or can download it from the University’s website.
  • The Scholarship Form will be submitted along with supporting documents to the same FAO office after completion.
  • Students need to get admission in any one of the approved disciplines (Agriculture & Veterinary sciences, Business Administration, Social Sciences, Engineering & Tech., Medical) at the participating Universities/Institutions as per their admission criteria.


US-AID Merit and Need Based Scholarship Program 

Application Form 


Please note that partial scholarship for already enrolled students is not covered under this program.

Directorate of Financial Assistance and Management

Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University Peshawar

Contact No. 091-9239297



PAK-US Need Based Scholarship