Faculty Development Programs

HEC Post- Doctoral Fellowship Program

​​​The project offers 1000 fellowships over a span of 5 years. These fellowships are offered on open merit at the national level. Seventy percent slots are reserved for faculty members of public sector universities and institutes, private universities are given 15 percent slots and 15 percent of these slots are kept for public sector R&D organizations (recognized by Pakistan Council of Science and Technology). Announcement:
The programme is currently closed for intake. Interested candidates are requested to keep the following documents ready for submission of application on the online portal as and when the opportunity is announced.
  • ​Research Proposal as per format (Click here to download Pdf format) (msword format)
  • Valid Invitation/acceptance letter in the relevant field from top 200 QS world-ranked universities. The letter must be on University letterhead duly signed by the host supervisor/ authorized official of the concerned university clearly indicating the name of the host supervisor.  The letter dated within the last six months will be considered valid. However, the recipients will be required to ensure that the offer is also confirmed on the online portal as and when opened for this purpose.
  • Host supervisor CV
  • Updated/ accurate self CV
  • Updated Profile on HEC online portal i.e personal profile, education, employment history, publications.
  • Five years' recognized experience in the online profile at HEC in case of foreign PhD.
  • NOC from relevant section(s) of HEC in case any scholarships/financial support/research grant (as PI or Co-PI) has been availed/ is being availed from HEC (Conditional NOC will not be accepted).
  • Attested Ph.D. Degree/ Foreign Ph.D. degree & transcript with authentic translation
  • Equivalence Certificate (in case of foreign Ph.D.)
  • Duty Resumption Notification (Only for the applicants who have completed Ph.D. during service after obtaining study leave)
  • Experience Certificates (Only for foreign Ph.D. degree holders in support of their claim of five years' recognized work experience)
  • NOC from employer clearly stating that you are a regular employee and can avail at least 9 months leave in case of selection.
Please carefully read all pages for complete details. Please also note that the portal will be opened for a specific duration according to Pakistan Standard Time (PST) and the last date will not be extended in any case. Therefore, please submit the application as soon as the advertisement is floated. It is worth mentioning that ONLY applications submitted on research.hec.gov.pk will be considered for further processing.

[Published On :October 17, 2022]


​Applications can be submitted via HEC online portal research.hec.gov.pk after 1.8.2022

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Academic events are critical for sharing of knowledge and research among universities and scholars. The promotion of research culture in Higher Education Institutions through such events is of highest priority to Higher Education Commission (HEC). To support the development of research culture, HEC provides financial support to the Public Sector Universities and eligible Private-Sector Universities in Pakistan to organize Seminars, Workshops, Conferences and Symposium. Through this initiative, HEC intends to develop a culture of research and knowledge sharing between Higher Education Institutions, as well as establishment of linkages with relevant industrial and corporate sectors. Objectives

  • ​Encourage Universities and Degree Awarding Institutes (DAIs) to organize academic events.
  • Educate faculty and students with the latest developments in their relevant areas of research
  • Provide platform for interaction and exposure to the academicians and researchers.
  • Provide avenues for sharing of research and knowledge at national and international level events.
  • Assess academic and research capabilities and achievements at par with the prevalent national and international practices.
  • Share academic and research achievements with industrial and commercial establishments.
  • Explore opportunities for domestic and international academic collaborations
Event Categories HEC extends financial assistance to HEIs for hosting the following four types of events:
  1. Seminar
  2. Conference
  3. Symposium
  4. Training Workshop

    [Published On :July 28, 2022]

​​​​Applications can be submitted via HEC online portal research.hec.gov.pk after 1.8.2022

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Academic events are significant for professional development of researchers and scholars. They serve as a source for guidance, exposure, knowledge sharing, developing linkages, and problem solving. Academic events provide opportunities for academicians to help understand the latest developments in their field and validate research findings, while creating opportunities for future academic collaborations. Such events are the cornerstone of the academic environment. To cultivate this environment, the Higher Education Commission has set up a special Research Travel Grant Fund for University faculty and scholars at Pakistani Universities. Under this program, an academician and student selected to present research work at a national or international academic event is eligible to get funding from HEC and the expenses will be reimbursed by the HEC after the event.​

[Published On :July 28, 2022]


International Research Support Fellowship

Punjab Higher Education Commission

The International Research Support Fellowship (IRSF) is a six-month program designed to provide a first-hand experience in research to highly motivated students who are presently pursuing a full-time PhD program in provincially chartered universities of Punjab.

This program is launched to provide exposure to our local students in order to enhance their quality of research through engaging with international experts in their field of studies. It is meant to achieve the following objectives:
  • To enhance the quality of doctoral research in Pakistan
  • To increase doctoral students exposure to international research in relevant disciplines and bring along the best practices in research
  • To provide opportunities to doctoral students for training/ research work at advanced research facilities of top-ranked foreign universities
  • To expand research network of doctoral students with foreign universities and explore opportunities for future collaboration
  • To disseminate information about research in Pakistan
Grant Provision
The funding grant will cover the bench fee, return airfare, and a living stipend only as per the limits defined below:


The return airfare will be admissible as per actual up to the maximum Rs. 130,000/- for return air ticket.

  Living Allowance

Living allowance for different countries is given as under:
Country Living allowance per month in PKR
UK/USA/Aus/Canada/Eurpoe 150,000
Korea, China, Malaysia 100,000
Rest of world 125,000

  Bench Fee

The bench fee is only awarded if it is demanded in the acceptance letter at the time of selection. After selection any demand of fee will not be accepted. The bench fee will be paid up to Rs. 250,000/- only.

Contact Details
For any further information about the program please contact: Director (HRD) Punjab Higher Education Commission Arfa Software Technology Park, 346-B, Ferozepur Road, Lahore, Ph: 042-99231903

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[Published On :February 21, 2022]