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Last update: August 31, 2018


Are you needy cum talented student and want to improve education? Have you done your matriculation or higher degree leading to PhD? Have you taken admission in college or university on merit and unable to pursue your study due to financial constraints? If YES then a government-run organization "National Endowment Scholarships for Talent (NEST)" can help for your education.

About National Endowment Scholarships for Talent (NEST)

National Endowment Scholarships for Talent (NEST) is a 'Not for Profit' Company incorporated with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) under Section-42 of the Companies' Ordinance 1984. NEST works under Government of Pakistan, Ministry of Planning, Development & Reform, Islamabad. The objective of the NEST is to provide scholarships to needy cum talented students, who do not have enough resources to continue their studies beyond Matric. These scholarships provide quality education opportunities to continue studies up to PhD level in Top Ranked Universities and Discipline.

NEST Scholarships / Student Loan

NEST offers scholarships and Qarz-e-Hasna for the following programs:

  1. Intermediate FA/ FSc
  2. MS/ MPhil/ PhD
  3. Qarz-e-Hasna / Students Loan Facility for Overseas Masters Programs

Apportionment of Scholarship

NEST awards scholarships with the following apportionment:

  1. Intermediate - 30%
  2. Graduation - 30%
  3. Masters - 25%
  4. PhD - 15%

Special Quota:

  1. Special 5% quota for students of AJ&K, Gilgit Bultistan, FATA & ICT each
  2. 20% Provincial Quotas of each province
  3. 2% Quota will be observe for Disabled

Scholarship Preference:
Preference is given to students who secure admission in university of higher standing and their parents or guardian is lower income person.

Eligibility Criteria for Intermediate:

  1. Passed matriculation exams with at least 65% marks
  2. Secured admission on merit in Public /Private Sector College
  3. Unable to pursue study due to financial constraints
  4. Household income should not be more than Rs.45,000/- month

Eligibility Criteria for MS/ MPhil/ PhD:

The students must have:

  1. The applicant must be a Pakistani/AJK National
  2. High academic achievement
  3. Students must secure admission in the approved discipline at the participating institution as per admission policy of the institution and be enrolled in graduate (1.5 Years or 2 Years) and Doctoral (3.5 years) programs
  4. Only those students who are enrolled in first semester/professional year in the respective courses offered by the participating institutions are eligible to apply
  5. The eligibility of a candidate is linked to neediness of the candidate as determined by the financial background of his/her family.
  6. Applicant must be from Least Developed District of Pakistan.
  7. The age limit should not exceed from 35 years for MS/MPhil (18 years) and PhD programs.
  8. The applicant must have completed 16 years Bachelors/or equivalent Degree for application in MS/MPhil (Postgraduate Program).
  9. The applicant must have completed 18 years Degree/or equivalent for application in PhD Program.
  10. In case of final selection, candidate has to submit a bond agreement and will not be allowed to withdraw from the scholarship.
  11. Not availing any other educational scholarship during the current academic year
  1. 20 % Punjab 20% Baluchistan 20% Sindh 20 % KP 5 % ICT 5 % GB 5% AJK 5% FATA.
  2. Special 2 % overall quota for disable persons

Eligibility Criteria for Qarz-e-Hasna (Masters Program Overseas):

  1. Secured admission on merit in an outstanding well reputed high ranked International University
  2. Up to 30 years of age at the time of admission
  3. 3.5 CGPA in the last degree/examination and 3.0 CGPA only for Interior Sindh, FATA, GB, Balochistan
  4. The applicant is unable to pursue study due to financial constraints and have low family income

How to Apply:

If you meet the eligibility criteria and need to apply, you may do the following:

  1. Visit at
  2. Click on Scholarships menu
  3. Find desired education level you want to apply for.
  4. Follow the Apply button or other instructions, if desired scholarship's apply-date is not expired yet.
  5. You may be asked to register online and require your personal & educational information and source of income.
  6. After collection of applications, NEST processes them and shortlists eligible candidates. To find shortlisted candidates, you may follow Shortlisting menu of the aforementioned website. Shortlisted candidates may be called for interview for further action.

Office Address:
National Endowment Scholarships for Talent (NEST), Government of Pakistan, Ministry of Planning, Development & Reform, 3rd Floor, Shalimar Plaza, Blue Area, Islamabad - Pakistan.

Bintey Ali is a teacher in public sector institute. She has thrill of teaching and welfare.


Posted by Wajih Alam

Sir, I shall be grateful if you sponsor to my fee submission, because my father have a lower salary and single earning person I and my elder brother both are studding in Hamdard University, but due to financial crises we feel tension, if you help for the noble cause and humanity basis it will be moral support from the your good institute. Your kind attention and cooperation will be highly appreciated in this regards. Its my dream to get some better education, Inshallah

Posted by Hafiza Amina bibi

I want to get need based scholarship

Posted by Waqas ahmad

I will be very thankfull for this king action sponsor my fee submission my father is a poor former And I cann't pay my college fee

Posted by Allah ditta

I am poor students my father is a farmer but he cannot my fee so sir please give me a schlorships that start my study.

Posted by Zahoor Elahi

Friend and respected sir liaqut scholarship ki applicants ki list kab lage gi

Posted by Farooq

Application deadline was 30 Sep, 2018. Just 10 days have been passed. I expect it may take one week more to announce result of liaqat scholarship.

Posted by Arshad

I need a scholarship for continue my education

Posted by Amina Rana

It's all about loan??? Can student return all the amount which nest scholarship gave after the study complete??? I am a bit confused about the scholarship.

Posted by Salman khan

I am student of post graduate
I am doing bs physics
I'm poor and our family income is almost 15000
I need schalrship ??

Posted by Zeeshan Altaf

Sir students of BS can not apply for the scholarship???

Posted by BINTEY ALI

Respected Zeeshan Altaf, NEST announces scholarships time to time. For updates and criteria, you may visit at

Posted by Anees

Form where

Posted by Qamerunisa

I'm qamerunisa I am student of class 11 i am an intelligent girl and very interested in scholarship

Posted by Nourren akhtar

Plz give me scholarship for my study as i really need it i belong to a very poor family

Posted by Shoaib niaz

I need this scholarship

Posted by sadaqat ali

i am poor boy please help me at any rate

Posted by Zohra Mathour

This scholarship is not for the students studying in Aga Khan University Karachi. Please let me know because I need scholarship.

Posted by Ghulam Rabbani

I am needy please give me

Posted by rida

i need a needy base scholarship ..can anyone help me

Posted by naveed ahmad

sir i m pharmacist completed pharm -d degree and i really needed of this scholarship, that i continue my further study...please kindly sir give me some response i shall be very thankful..i m from swat.

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