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QMUL and Higher Education Commission of Pakistan to offer joint PhD scholarships

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), in partnership with the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan, is pleased to announce that it will be offering up to 36 scholarships per year to Pakistani students wishing to enrol in PhD research programmes at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

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Professor Gaskell and Professor Ahmed signed the agreement in London
Professor Gaskell and Professor Ahmed signed the agreement in London

Under a five-year agreement signed by both sides at QMUL’s Mile End campus on 20 January, the HEC will provide a maintenance allowance to students of £9,000 per year, while QMUL will cover the cost of the students’ tuition fee for a maximum period of 48 months. Students will be expected to cover any extra costs stipulated by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) to cover living costs for the duration of their studies.

To qualify, applicants must satisfy QMUL’s normal admissions requirements as well as certain criteria set out by the HEC. The HEC and QMUL will mutually select the candidates for the final award of scholarship. 

Scholarships will be offered in the following schools at QMUL: School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, School of Engineering and Materials Science, School of Mathematical Sciences, School of Physics and Astronomy, School of Business and Management, School of Economics and Finance, School of Geography, School of Languages Linguistics and Film and School of Law (Law and/or Centre for Commercial Law Studies). There may be some flexibility in the area of Science and Engineering, and the HEC will prioritize subject area every year according to national needs.

The first students are expected to join QMUL in September 2016.

Professor Simon Gaskell, President and Principal of QMUL, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the HEC in Pakistan. These students will undoubtedly enrich research here at QMUL and we trust that longer-term they will help us build on our many and varied links with the region. Thanks to the services and high-level support offered by our Schools, Institutes and the Doctoral College to all of our PhD students, we hope that our new HEC scholars enjoy being part of our lively and innovative inter-disciplinary community of researchers.

Professor Mukhtar Ahmed, chairperson of the HEC, said: “This agreement will further enhance the relations between Pakistan and United Kingdom through education and research ties. These 180 scholars will have a long lasting impact for both countries. We look forward to the day when these scholars return home with their doctorate degrees to make a positive impact on our society.”

For more details, please see the HEC of Pakistan page and contact Mr. Nabeel Vehra at

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Rupert Marquand
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