Indigenous Ph.D. Fellowship Program


The specific objective of the 5000 Indigenous Scholarship Scheme is to create a critical mass of highly qualified human resources in all fields of studies taught at the advanced level in local universities. These locally qualified academics and researchers will improve the R&D potential of public as well as private universities and it will also strengthen the local industrial sector.


With the launching of the scheme, research culture in public/private sector Universities has been developed in accordance with International norms/standards. This project is focused at diversified disciplines belonging to all fields of Science & Technology as well as Social Sciences, Humanities and Life Sciences. To enhance the research facilities in these fields the Higher Education Commission has funded many Departments/Universities to establish research labs. This has brought tremendous change in research culture of the Pakistani Universities.

HEC has kept great emphasis on indigenous scholarship schemes because locally trained researchers work on local problems of great national significance. Their research, therefore, is expected to have direct relevance to the growth and socio-economic development of Pakistan.



In addition, this scheme also provides funds to the Universities for upgrading their research facilities particularly small laboratory equipment, chemicals, IT equipment etc. which not only facilitates research of the HEC scholar but also serves as an asset for the department to establish up to date research laboratories.


 Batch-IV Academic Year (2016-17)

HEC has announced  batch-IV of Phase-II for new intake. The deadline for the submission of application was February 22, 2017. Now HEC will conduct an Aptitude Test for further process of online submitted Applications.

Higher Education Commission Aptitude Test for the candidates applied against Batch-IV of Indigenous PhD fellowship program Phase II will be conducted on 25-26 March 2017 in the following Categories:

Test Category Disciplines Quantitative Reasoning Verbal Reasoning Analytical Reasoning Total


HAT 1 Engineering & IT 40 30 30 100
HAT 2 Management Sciences, Business Education 30 30 40 100
HAT 3 Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences 30 40 30 100
HAT 4 Agriculture & Veterinary Sciences, Biological and Medical Sciences, Physical Sciences 30 40 30 100



  1. The roll number slips will be issued before one week of the test and can also be downloaded from by using application login ID & Password.
  2. The applicants who just ‘saved’ not ‘submitted’ online applications till provided deadline at HEC E-Portal would not be receiving the call for test.
  3. The test pattern will be as per GAT General.
  4. Please present Original Roll Number Slip at the time of test either printed copy received or after taking print from our website.
  5. Please keep original CNIC/Passport for identification at the time of test day.
  6. Please reach at test center well before in time as per schedule and center mentioned on your roll number slip.

Academic Evaluation formula for Batch -IV .Phase II


a) Pakistani/AJK National

b) For MS/MPhil, the candidates must have minimum of 16 years of education with no 3rd division or Grade D in degree/certificate in the entire academic career.

c) Candidates applying for direct PhD scholarships must have minimum CGPA 3.0( out of 4.0 in the semester system) or first division (in the annual system) in MS/MPhil/Equivalent degree is required along with the condition mentioned above in clause (b).

d) Maximum age at the closing date of application i.e. December 15, 2015: i. 40 years for full-time regular faculty members of public sector university/DAIs and regular employee of the public sector/R&D organizations ii. 35 years for all others.

e) The candidates who are already availing any other HEC/Government scholarship are NOT eligible to apply.

Scheme is closed for fresh Intake.

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