The government of Saudi Arabia has announced fully funded scholarships for Pakistani students to study at diploma, bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD levels in 25 leading universities of the kingdom. Students living in Pakistan and locals of KSA both can apply for these scholarships.
According to the sources, 75 percent of students will be given scholarships from Pakistan while 25 percent of scholarships will be awarded to Pakistani students residing in the Kingdom.
The successful applicants will also be given a monthly stipend and other facilities.
The Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) said that the scholarships have been announced in the disciplines of law, education, politics, economics, administration, computer science, engineering, agriculture, Islamic Studies, Arabic, and media sciences.
The science students getting the scholarships will be awarded a monthly stipend of 900 Saudi Riyal (SR) while 850 SR monthly allowances will be provided to humanities students.
Moreover, students securing admission at the universities will also be provided with a return ticket along with free medical facilities.
The candidates, coming from Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), must be aged between 17 to 25 years for Bachelor’s programme, less than 30 years for the Master’s programme and below 35 for PhD programme on the last date of the application portal of the respective university.
Each university is approved to register only five percent of the international students excluding Riyadh, Princess Noor Binte Abdul Rehman University for girls, and Jamia Islamia Madinah Munawara, where the percentage on scholarship is eight percent.
Furthermore, Jamia Islamia Madinah Munawara will give admission on scholarship 85 percent of the total seats.
The scholarships includes free lodging, return air ticket, three months furnishing allowance on arrival in Saudi Arabia for married scholars; free medical for the students with family, if married; subsidized food at the campus; three months graduation allowance for books shipment; sports and recreational activities on the campus; and support for dependents and travel expenses.