Saudi Arabia announces 600 fully-funded scholarships for Pakistani students

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Saudi Arabia has announced 600 fully-funded scholarships for Pakistani students to study at the diploma, Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD levels in the kingdom.

A statement from the Pakistani Embassy in Saudi Arabia said students residing in Pakistan and legal residents in the kingdom can apply for these scholarships.

Procedure to apply for scholarship

  • Students have to directly apply on the university’s website/online portal.
  • Each university has its own eligibility criteria and application time frame, students need to consult the website for the eligibility criteria of each discipline/course/university.
  • These scholarships are offered for almost all disciplines: Political Science, Law, Education, Administration, Economics, Engineering, Computer Science, Agriculture, Arabic/Islamic Studies and Media Sciences.
  • The Scholarships are offered at diploma, Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD levels.
  • These scholarships are offered by 25 universities in the kingdom as given in Annex-A.
  • Each university is authorised to enroll only 5% of international students except Princess Noora Binte Abdul Rehman University for Girls, Riyadh, and Jamia Islamia Madina Munawara. The admissions percentage of Princess Noora Binte Abdul Rehman University for Girls, Riyadh on scholarship is 8 %, whereas Jamia Islamia Madina Munawara grants admissions on scholarship 85 % of total seats.
  • Universities will forward the application to the Saudi Ministry of Education which decides the final award of eligible applicants.
  • Applicants should share a copy of the submitted application on the official email of the Embassy of Pakistan, Riyadh Parepriyadh@mofa.gov.pk. Subsequently, the Embassy shall follow up with the Saudi Ministry of Education for grant of scholarships.

Eligibility criteria

  • Applicant must be a Pakistani or Azad Jammu and Kashmir national.
  • 75% of students will be awarded scholarships from Pakistan, whereas 25% of scholarships will be given to Pakistani students residing in the kingdom.
  • Men and women, both, can apply for these scholarships.
  • The applicant should be between 17 years to 25 years for Bachelor’s programme, must be of 30 years age for Master’s programme and less than 35 years for PhD programme on the closing date of the application process.
  • The selected applicants will commence the programme in September/October each year in Saudi Arabia.
  • The applicant must not be holding any other scholarship at the time of availing of Saudi scholarship.
  • The applicant must not have any criminal record.
  • The applicant must not have been suspended from any educational institution on disciplinary or any other valid ground.

Benefits of scholarship

  • The scholarship covers free lodging.
  • 3 months furnishing allowance on arrival in KSA for married scholars.
  • Return air tickets.
  • Free medical for the student and his/her family, if married.
  • 3 months graduation allowance for shipment of books.
  • Subsided meal at the campus.
  • Sports and recreational activities on the campus, support for dependents and travel expenses.
  • A monthly allowance of 900 Saudi Riyal (SR) will be given to science students and 850 SR to humanities students.

List of 25 universities offering fully funded scholarship in KSA

                         S. No.        Name of universities                       Website
1Jeddah Universitywww.uj.edu.sa
2Bisha Universitywww.ub.edu.sa
3Umm-al-Qura Universitywww.uqu.edu.sa
4Islamic Universitywww.iu.edu.sa
5Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic Universitywww.iu.edu.sa
6King Saud Universitywww.ksu.edu.sa
7King Abdul Aziz Universitywww.kau.edu.sa
8Hafar Al Batin Universitywww.uhb.edu.sa
9King Faisal Universitywww.kfu.edu.sa
10King Khalid Universitywww.portal.kku.edu.sa
11Qassim Universitywww.qu.edu.sa
12Taibah Univesitywww.taibahu.edu.sa
13Taif Universitywww.tu.edu.sa
14Hail Universitywww.uoh.edu.sa
15Jazan Universitywww.nu.edu.sa
16Al Jouf Universitywww.ju.edu.sa
17Al Baha Universitywww.prtal.bu.edu.sa
18Tabuk Universitywww.ut.edu.sa
19Najran Universitywww.nu.edu.sa
20Northern Border Universitywww.nbu.edu.sa
21Princess Nora Universitywww.pnu.edu.sa
22Imam Abdulrahman Universitywww.iau.edu.sa
23Prince Sattam bin Abdul Aziz Universitywww.psau.edu.sa
24Shaqra Universitywww.sa.edu.sa/en
25Majmah Universitywww.mu.edu.sa

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