The US embassy in Pakistan announced that it will award 700 additional graduate-level scholarships for Pakistani women in partnership with the Higher Education Commission (HEC).

The program targets young people from remote and rural areas of Pakistan includes Interior Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

The two-year scholarships will begin this year and last until 2023. The students can earn master’s degrees in agriculture, business, engineering, health sciences, and social sciences.

“These additional 700 fully-funded graduate-level scholarships will be awarded to some of the most talented Pakistani women to help meet their higher education goals,” said USAID Deputy Mission Director Michael Nehrbass.


United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has increased the number of scholarships and allocated 50 percent of scholarships to women. Today’s announcement brings the total of Merit- and Needs-Based Scholarship Program (MNBSP) scholarships awarded to Pakistani students to 6,000.


Since 2003, the US had granted 5,300 merit and need-based scholarships to financially disadvantaged but academically successful students throughout Pakistan.