National Top Talent HEC Scholarships Program – 75 Scholarships for Pakistani Students

Education plays a key role in the development of society. The thinkers and technocrats provide their expertise in various fields of life, and as a result, the community prospers. Hence, on the 75th independence day of Pakistan, the PM announced 75 different scholarships for the top talent in Pakistan. Among these scholarships, 40 are for Ph.D. candidates, and 35 are for MS programs. The last date to apply is 21 March 2023

According to QS or THE rankings, students can select from 25 top-ranked universities worldwide. And they can study in selected disciplines. So, ensure you read about those disciplines and universities in this article.

After completing studies in cutting-edge sciences and fields, these researchers will be state assets, assisting society as it begins a new age.

This article will cover some basics like eligibility criteria, disciplines you can apply in, the universities, and how to apply. So stay tuned.

Universities to which you can apply

According to THE and QS rankings, there are top 25 universities that you can apply to. In the table below, you will be able to see those universities.


Top universities according to THE ranking
Rank Name Country
1 University of Oxford UK
2 California Institute of Technology USA
3 Harvard University
4 Stanford University
5 University of Cambridge UK
6 Massachusetts Institute of Technology USA
7 Princeton University
8 University of California, Berkeley
9 Yale University
10 The University of Chicago
11 Columbia University
12 Imperial College London UK
13 Johns Hopkins University USA
14 University of Pennsylvania
15 Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zurich Switzerland
16 Peking University China
17 Tsinghua University
18 University of Toronto Canada
19 University College London UK
20 University of California, Los Angeles USA
21 National University of Singapore Singapore
22 Cornell University USA
23 Duke University
24 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
25 Northwestern University


Following are the universities according to QS ranking


Top 25 universities according to QS ranking
Rank Name Country
1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology USA
2 University of Cambridge UK
3 Stanford University USA
4 University of Oxford UK
5 Harvard University USA
6 California Institute of Technology
7 Imperial College London UK
8 University College London
9 ETH (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule) Zurich Switzerland
10 The University of Chicago USA
11 National University of Singapore Singapore
12 Peking University China
13 University of Pennsylvania USA
14 Tsinghua University China
15 The University of Edinburgh UK
16 École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne Singapore
17 Princeton University USA
18 Yale University
19 Nanyang Technological University Singapore
20 Cornell University USA
21 The University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
22 Columbia University USA
23 The University of Tokyo Japan
24 Johns Hopkins University USA
25 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor


You can only choose from these universities for scholarships.

Am I eligible for National Top Talent Scholarship Program?

You should satisfy the following criteria to be eligible for this scholarship:

  • You should be a Pakistani or a native of Azad Kashmir
  • Candidate should secure admission to the top 25 universities
  • The candidate should have completed a BS degree or equivalent 16 years of education for the MS scholarship
  • You should have completed your M.Phil or equivalent to 18 years in the selected subject.
  • The candidate should have secured 3.0/4.0 or 3.75/5.0, or First division in the latest degree.
  • Across the educational life before the last graduation, there should be maxed one-second division
  • The candidate should not be more than 35 or 40 years old if the candidate is a public or private university teacher (they also need NOC from their employer).
  • Applicant should not be getting any other financial scholarship.

How can I apply for this scholarship?

You can follow these simple instructions to apply.

  1. The candidate has to go on  HEC Scholarship E-Portal and apply there
  2. After successful registration, you have to make your profile
  3. Once that is done, then the applicant has to submit their application
  4. Then, pay a challan of 700 PKR to the bank account mentioned in the advertisement

Congratulations, you have applied. But do not send the printed copy as only the 75 selected candidates will be asked for their printed copy and the documents

In which subjects can I apply?

You can apply in the following subjects or disciplines.


Serial number Area of Research
1 Agriculture & Veterinary Sciences
2 Artificial Intelligence (AI)
3 Biotechnology & Bioinformatics
4 Cyber Security
5 Data Sciences
6 Hydrology and Water resources management – Civil Engineering
7 International Law
8 Nonproliferation and Peace Studies
9 Renewable Energy – Electrical Engineering
10 Satellite & Aerospace – Aerospace Engineering
11 Urban Planning & Development
12 Development Economics
13 Disaster & Risk Management
14 Engineering and Emerging Sciences
15 International Relations
16 Public Administration & Management
17 Education
18​ Business Administration & Management



In this day and age, education is an investment that has long-term returns. Hence, the state keeps investing in higher education. This scholarship can be your chance to change your fate. Therefore, you should definitely go for it. In addition to getting an education in a top university, you will also get a pretty good exposure.

Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs

What are the required documents?

You have to prepare the following documents:

  • Admission letter
  • All the educational certificates
  • CNIC
  • Challan slip
  • Domicile to prove that you are a citizen of Pakistan

How much fee do I have to submit?

You have to submit a fee of 700 PKR to the mentioned bank account in the advertisement.

Will I get the scholarship before I get admission?

No, you have to secure admission first.

Can I change my university?


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