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HEC Is Accepting Applications For Commonwealth Masters And PhD Scholarships

The Higher Education Commission of Pakistan has announced Commonwealth Scholarships for 2023. Students looking forward to higher education abroad are informed that this is a wonderful opportunity to apply for the HEC Commonwealth Scholarship UK. By achieving this scholarship, candidates will be able to have personal and professional growth, leading to a prospective future ahead. However, candidates must fulfill the eligibility criteria and complete the procedure to proceed with their application.

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission was established in 1960. Since then, the commission has funded more than 30,000 students to study in the United Kingdom. The Scholarship Commission was initiated with the aim to provide students with the right skills and knowledge and ensure their capability to tackle the growing world challenges. Pakistan is among the commonwealth-eligible countries, and students can apply for commonwealth scholarship HEC Pakistan for the 2024 session. 


Available Opportunities

  • 26 scholarships for masters 
  • 30 scholarships for PhD


17th October 2023


HEC commonwealth scholarship for masters

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission provides an excellent opportunity to Pakistani students who look forward to achieving master’s degree abroad. One of the basic concerns of students looking forward to studying abroad is tuition fees which is why you must attain a commonwealth fully funded scholarship. You must fulfil the HEC criteria for commonwealth scholarship masters.

HEC commonwealth scholarship for PhD

Apart from the master’s degree, students can also apply for a PhD with a commonwealth scholarship. It grants you an opportunity to do research in the most developed country which further helps gain employment.

HEC commonwealth scholarship for MBBS students

Students are informed that HEC commonwealth scholarships are not available for MBBS students. However, students can look forward to other MS and PhD programs.

HEC Commonwealth Scholarship Universities

The following are some of the HEC commonwealth scholarship universities. Candidates can check the complete list of Commonwealth scholarship universities online.

  • Brunel University London
  • Cardiff University
  • City, University of London
  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Imperial College London
  • King’s College London
  • Kingston University
  • Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Loughborough University
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Plymouth
  • University of Portsmouth
  • University of Reading

HEC Commonwealth Scholarship Benefits

Upon getting the HEC commonwealth scholarship UK, students will be able to get the following benefits.

  • Tuition fee

  • Airfare

  • Living allowance

  • Family allowance

  • Research opportunities

  • Global exposure


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HEC Commonwealth Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

Candidates who look forward to applying for the Commonwealth scholarship are informed that they must fulfil the eligibility criteria in order to avail themselves of scholarship. Moreover, candidates are informed that in addition to the guidelines of Higher Education Commission, candidates are required to meet the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission criteria as well. To facilitate students, we have mentioned the complete HEC criteria for commonwealth scholarship master and PhD.

  • HEC commonwealth scholarship requirements

    • Candidates must ensure that they are a permanent resident of Pakistan and dual nationals are not eligible to apply.

    • Candidates must not have a second or third division in their last achieved degree.

    • HEC criteria for commonwealth scholarship master, a first-class degree in relevant postgraduate qualification (16 years education).

    • An applicant for a PhD fellowship must have a first-class postgraduate degree (17/ 18 years of education) in the relevant field.

    • Candidates are informed that HEC HAT test for commonwealth scholarship is a mandatory requirement. HEC commonwealth scholarship HAT result must have a minimum score of 60 out of 100.

    • Applications not following any of the eligibility criteria are informed that their applications won’t be entertained and will be processed further.

    • Interested applicants who have not yet appeared for the HEC HAT test can apply online at

  • Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) requirements

    • Candidates must prepare themselves to begin their academic studies in the United Kingdom by September 2024, the start of the UK academic year.

    • Candidates are required to provide proof that they are not eligible to study in the United Kingdom without this scholarship.

    • Candidates are required to provide all the academic transcripts in addition to the currently studying certification or degree if any.

    • Applicants are required to provide two reference letters.

    • The commonwealth HEC scholarship does not provide funds for a second master’s degree in the United Kingdom, candidates are required to provide justification if they look forward to a second master’s degree in the United Kingdom.

How To Apply For Commonwealth Scholarships Through HEC?

Candidates who are interested in applying for the commonwealth scholarships are required to submit an online application. It should be noted that candidates must complete both application forms, Commonwealth Online application, and HEC online application. Here is the complete HEC commonwealth scholarship procedure.

  • Commonwealth Online Application

    • Candidates are required to fulfil HEC commonwealth scholarship online registration requirements for both master’s and PhD programs.

  • HEC Online Application

    • Candidates can apply online at the Higher Education Commission website. Students are required to select "Learning Opportunities Abroad" and complete the application form before October 17, 2023 (04.00 PM Pakistan Time). Candidates are advised to provide their current email address to stay updated regarding the process.

How Does HEC Select Students For Common Commonwealth Scholarship?

Applicants who fulfil the eligibility criteria and complete the application process are proceed further. However, HEC nomination criteria for common commonwealth scholarship is dependent on the donor country and HEC has only the facilitation role.

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