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Higher Education Commission Scholarships For Post-Doctoral Fellowships Programme 2021



Higher Education Commission has just asked for applications in their HEC Scholarships and Grants Programme. The applications are being requested for HEC Post Doctoral Fellowships Programme 2021.



Post-Doctoral Fellowship Programme is designed for the Ph.D. degree holders to equip them with advanced technologies from top-notch universities/institutions of the world.



The last date to submit an application for the HEC Post Doctoral Fellowship Programme is April 15, 2021.



Higher Education Commission HEC Post Doctoral Fellowships Programme offers 1000 fellowships over five years. These fellowships are delivered on open merit at the national level.



In this program, seventy percent of slots are reserved for faculty members of public sector universities and institutes. Private universities are given 15 percent slots.



The remaining 15 percent of these slots are kept for public sector R&D organizations (only institutes recognized by the Pakistan Council of Science and Technology).



HEC Post Doctoral Fellowships Programme provides an opportunity to work in well-equipped research laboratories of the world and work in new/ emerging fields.



This program addresses the issues of retention of qualified faculty members by the capacity building of the faculty.



It will also develop further foreign linkages through Ph.D. students and other researchers at the host institution. It will indeed enhance the quality of learning and teaching across the institutions.



HEC Post Doctoral Fellowships Programme Offerings



Higher Education Commission Post Doctoral Fellowships Programme is offering:


Air Ticket (Return) PKR 250,000 Once
Living Allowance USD 1600 Per Month
Research Lab/Experimentation Cost USD 6,000 Once
Health Insurance ​USD 2000 Once


The stipend to the scholars depends on the host country.


HEC will pay for Health Insurance upon receiving documentary receipt/evidence of payment.


The average Research/Lab Experimentation Cost is estimated at US$6000. This estimation is an average. However, this will be paid as per requirement based on lab work experimentation/research/procurement of data/survey, etc., that is mentioned in the research proposal submitted at the time of application.


Pakistan International Airline is preferred on the routes where they operate. The cost of the air ticket is of Economy Class.



How to Apply For HEC Post Doctoral Fellowships Programme



To apply for the HEC Post Doctoral Fellowships Programme, follow these guidelines:


  1. Go to research.hec.gov.pk, fill in all of the details online.
  2. Then upload all of the HEC Attested documents with the filled application (PDF Files)
  3. Applicants must Deposit /Online Transfer /Payorder/Bank Draft/ATM Transfer Rs.1000/- (Non-refundable), as application processing fee in favor of Director General Finance, HEC.
  4. The applicant can also deposit fees at Habib Bank Limited, in A/C No. 1742-79001334-01.


HEC attested Ph.D. degree/equivalence certificate might be required after submission of application. The Applicants are advised to start the process of attestation/equivalence of their Ph.D. Degree at once. Please visit “How to Verify Degree From HEC” to know more about the HEC Degree Verification/Attestation.



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Higher Education Commission Scholarships – Post Doctoral Fellowships Programme 2021



Eligibility Criteria For HEC Post Doctoral Fellowships Programme



The Eligibility Criteria for this HEC Scholarship is as follows:


  1. The applicant must be a Ph.D. degree holder from HEC recognized local or international university.
  2. Applicant must not more than 45 years of age (i.e., 45 years 00 months 00 days)
  3. Applicant must have 05 years work experience in Pakistan after obtaining a foreign Ph.D. degree (Local Ph.D. degree holders can apply immediately after Ph.D.)
  4. He/She must be an employee of public/private sector HEC recognized university/DAI or public sector R&D organization.
  5. Applicant must not have availed any postdoc fellowship before.
  6. He/She must have acquired requisite academic qualifications on or before the closing date.
  7. Applicants must have a placement/acceptance letter from the top 200 QS World Ranking universities/research Institutes from a relevant supervisor along with a detailed CV of the host supervisor.


Selection Process For HEC Scholarships



After initial scrutiny of the project office applications, the eligible applications will then be forwarded to reviewers/experts online for evaluation as per Assessment Proforma. The experts do assess applications in the first three sections of the proforma.


To streamline the evaluation process, “Evaluation Guidelines” will be observed. On receipt of the online assessment, it is reviewed by the project office. The applicants recommended by subject experts only will be shortlisted for interview.


The shortlisted candidates will appear before the panel of analysts for an award of fellowship or otherwise. The members do have the power to re-assess an applicant in previous sections if the candidate fails to present his/her case convincingly.



Grievances Procedure



In a situation where the applicant is not selected for the fellowship, the individual can submit a written “Notice of Grievance” to the Project Office, Human Resource Development Division, Higher Education Commission within Seven (07) days.


The applicant can submit the notice via email and all the necessary evidence to re-evaluate the case and essential clarifications from concerned quarters.


If the competent authority (Advisor HRD) approves that the application has been evaluated fairly and sufficient justification exists for rejection of the appeal, the notice will be disposed of, and a decision will be communicated with reasons and explanations.


If the applicant still demands a re-evaluation of his/her application. S/he will be required to submit a re-evaluation fee of Rs 10,000/-. The Project office will assign new experts to evaluate the same application and proceed as per section 5.


If the second assessment outcome also results in rejection of the application, the decision will be final, and no further request will be accepted.



Change of Host University/Supervisor For a Selected Postdoc Fellow



The change can be allowed provided the new host university is at the same or higher ranking (QS world ranking of the same year) than the old university for which he/she was selected before the candidate’s departure.


If the offer from the host institution expires, the candidate can provide another invitation letter from the same or higher ranking foreign university (QS world ranking of the same year) within 60 days of the grant of permission. After the expiry of this period, the offer will stand withdrawn.


After departure, a university or supervisor change will only be possible if the supervisor has passed away or has moved to another institute. The ranking of a new host institution should not be lower than an original university in this case as well. The Advisor HRD has the power to allow such changes.


The new host, university, and supervisor will confirm that the same research will be carried out (the applicant should mention the letter’s research title). The parent organization will also provide a “No Objection Certificate” to change of host university/supervisor.



Terms and Conditions For HEC Fellowships Programme 2021 (Phase – 3)



The applicant should submit a written research proposal outlining how he/she intends to satisfy at least 2 of the five deliverables/outcomes identified below:


  • Creation and Introduction of New Programmes and Courses in Pakistan.
  • Production of Books/Manuscripts for Publication.
  • Creation of Funded Research Linkages and Collaborations.
  • Production of Papers in Peer-Reviewed High Impact Factor Journals.
  • Access to equipment and high impact research collaborators not available in Pakistan.


The HEC Post-Doctoral Fellowship applications are based on online information/data provided by the applicants, and in case of any omission/error and misrepresentation, HEC reserves the right to reject the application at any stage of the procedure.


Only the shortlisted applicants have to send the printed copies of the online application form and all required documents through the proper channel. Forwarding an applicant’s application would bind the employer to release the candidate on selection to avail post-doctoral fellowship for the maximum one year period.


The person’s availing the fellowship program should sign a Surety Bond co-signed by a guarantor requiring him/her to return to Pakistan to complete the post-doctoral fellowship and serve at a university/institution/organization in Pakistan for three (03) years.



Contact HEC Official For HEC Fellowships Programme



For any query, you can contact HEC Call Center UAN: 051-111-119-432 OR 0334-111-9432

Ms. Sara Siraj Abbasi

Assistant Project Manager

HRD Division

Higher Education Commission, Pakistan

H-9, Islamabad.

Email: [email protected]






So, if you are trying to give yourself an extra edge in this competitive world then this HEC Scholarship can be a great opportunity for you. This can be a dream project for the Intellectuals trying to make a difference.


As the last date to submit application for HEC Post-Doctoral Fellowships Programme 2021 is 15th April, 2021.


So, those of you applying for this HEC Scholarship must start getting their degrees attested from HEC. The degree attestation from HEC can take extra time due to the Covid-19. If you are not sure about the degree attestation procedure then make sure to check this HEC Degree Attestation/Verification Guide on our blog.


Also if you are applying for this HEC Scholarship right now or in the future for other HEC Scholarships then you must start working on your Research ProposalYou can check out our blog for a complete guide on How to Write a Research Proposal.


If you have any queries, then feel free to write them in the comments section.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)
How do you get a HEC scholarship?
First go to HEC eportal: https://eportal.hec.gov.pk/loa. Once you have registered and completed your profile, please select “Learning Opportunities Abroad” under the “Scholarships and Grants” menu in the online portal’s left-hand side panel. After the submission, get its printed copy to be signed by the candidate.
What is the last date for submission of application for HEC Post-Doctoral Fellowships Programme 2021?
The last date for submission of application for the HEC Post Doctoral Fellowships Programme is  15th April, 2021 .
What is HEC Post-Doctoral Fellowship Programme?
Post-Doctoral Fellowship Programme is designed for the Ph.D. degree holders to equip them with advanced technologies from top-notch universities/institutions of the world.

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