Fully-Funded PhD Scholarships for Pakistani Students to Study Abroad, 2017

  • Phd
  • 31 March 2017

The Government of the Punjab, Pakistan is offering fully-funded PhD Scholarships for Pakistani Students. These scholarships will be awarded to study at the top ranked educational institutions of the world.
Shahbaz Sharif Merit Scholarship (SSMS) is a revolutionary step of Govt. of the Punjab which will enable the youth to study at the top ranked educational institutions of the world and play their role in strengthening & uplifting the economy of Pakistan.
The scholarship scheme focuses the meritorious students of Punjab while allocating a special quota for the students of other federating units of Pakistan as well.
Students need to demonstrate that they have a good level of written and spoken English.


Students fulfilling the following criterion shall be eligible to apply for SSMS
  • Valid PhD admission offer from one of the Top 50 (Subject Wise) Universities of the World (QS ranking) in preferred subject areas
  • Not less than 60% marks throughout the academic career.
  • Declared monthly family income (including self, spouse and parents) is equal to or less than Rs. 200,000/-
  • Maximum age of 35 years on 31st March, 2017
  • Not availed any foreign scholarship in the past .
  • Must take up the scholarship in the year for which it is offered and the scholarship shall not be deferred to the next year.
  • All Pakistani Nationals, both males and females are eligible to apply.

Note: Existing permanent / regular faculty members of public sector teaching / educational institutions of Pakistan are not eligible to apply for Shahbaz Sharif Merit Scholarships (SSMS).


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PhD Scholarships awarded under SSMS are fully funded and will cover the following costs:
  • Tuition fees of the Degree Course
  • Boarding & Lodging (as per approved rates)
  • Air Fare


The required components for complete application packet are as follows:-
  • Attested copy of CNIC
  • Attested copies of all educational testimonials
  • CV/Resume
  • Copy of valid admission offer for Ph.D. for fall 2016 intake
  • Copy of Synopsis/ Research Proposal
  • Income affidavit on legal paper (sample attached with application form)
  • Copy of last paid utility bills (electricity, gas, phone)
  • Attested copy of domicile
  • Three passport size photographs
  • Any other supporting document required to substantiate the facts given in the application form
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