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
1University of OxfordUK
2California Institute of TechnologyUSA
3Harvard University
4Stanford University
5University of CambridgeUK
6Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUSA
7Princeton University
8University of California, Berkeley
9Yale University
10The University of Chicago
11Columbia University
12Imperial College LondonUK
13Johns Hopkins UniversityUSA
14University of Pennsylvania
15Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) ZurichSwitzerland
16Peking UniversityChina
17Tsinghua University
18University of TorontoCanada
19University College LondonUK
20University of California, Los AngelesUSA
21National University of SingaporeSingapore
22Cornell UniversityUSA
23Duke University
24University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
25Northwestern University

Following are the universities according to QS ranking

Top 25 universities according to QS ranking
1Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUSA
2University of CambridgeUK
3Stanford UniversityUSA
4University of OxfordUK
5Harvard UniversityUSA
6California Institute of Technology
7Imperial College LondonUK
8University College London
9ETH (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule) ZurichSwitzerland
10The University of ChicagoUSA
11National University of SingaporeSingapore
12Peking UniversityChina
13University of PennsylvaniaUSA
14Tsinghua UniversityChina
15The University of EdinburghUK
16École polytechnique fédérale de LausanneSingapore
17Princeton UniversityUSA
18Yale University
19Nanyang Technological UniversitySingapore
20Cornell UniversityUSA
21The University of Hong KongHong Kong
22Columbia UniversityUSA
23The University of TokyoJapan
24Johns Hopkins UniversityUSA
25University 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 numberArea of Research
1Agriculture & Veterinary Sciences
2Artificial Intelligence (AI)
3Biotechnology & Bioinformatics
4Cyber Security
5Data Sciences
6Hydrology and Water resources management – Civil Engineering
7International Law
8Nonproliferation and Peace Studies
9Renewable Energy – Electrical Engineering
10Satellite & Aerospace – Aerospace Engineering
11Urban Planning & Development
12Development Economics
13Disaster & Risk Management
14Engineering and Emerging Sciences
15International Relations
16Public Administration & Management
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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