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Resources for US-PAK Knowledge Corridor Students


Ohio University welcomes applications from students short-listed for scholarships under the U.S.-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor program. According to our agreement with the Pakistan Higher Education Commission (HEC), students accepted into an Ohio University Ph.D. program with Knowledge Corridor funding from HEC will receive full tuition scholarships and waiver of non-resident instructional fees.

Application Information for HEC Scholarship Students

Applications are no longer being accepted for Fall 2022. Applications for Spring 2023 are being accepted through the deadline posted by individual programs. If programs do not have a posted deadline for Spring 2023 applications, the last day to submit a graduate application for Spring 2023 is September 1, 2022.

Any HEC-sponsored scholar may apply to any Ph.D. program that has an open application. Waiver of the application fee currently requires an invitation from the program’s Graduate Chair or Director of Graduate Studies. Application fee waivers will be offered to students who seem, in the view of the program, to have a high likelihood of admission.

To request an application fee waiver, please complete the Application Fee Waiver Screening Questionnaire. After the department of your chosen degree program has reviewed your submission, they will contact you with a decision regarding your fee waiver request.

Application Fee Waiver Screening Questionaire

Names and contact information for Graduate Chairs or Directors may be found on program websites. Departmental contact information is also published in the Graduate Catalog, where you will find a listing of all Ph.D. programs

How HEC Awards are Distributed

At the start of fall semester and at the start of spring semester, Ohio University will ask the Pakistan HEC to remit to the university one half of the student’s annual funding. In most cases, students will receive half of their annual living allowance from HEC in the fall along with half of their insurance subsidy and the other half of each in the spring. The living allowance amounts will be reflected in a graduate appointment (Graduate Appointment Information) with a stipend, which carries a work component, and is paid out semi-monthly from the payroll department. The graduate appointment will also reflect the tuition scholarship, a portion of the graduate general fees, and the insurance subsidy. Each of these awards will be reflected in your student account. Unless your program has arranged for special summer funding, you will not receive pay (living allowance) in the summer. Students on graduate appointments for fall and spring only must budget those payments to meet summer expenses.

Students on HEC funding will be responsible for paying out of pocket any health insurance costs not covered by the HEC subsidy, as well as other fees not included in the tuition scholarship and non-resident waiver. The cost of required and optional fees can be found on the bursar’s page: Current Tuition and Fees. Additional information about estimated expenses for international students can be found on the Graduate College Tuition and Fees page.

Average costs to HEC-sponsored students remaining after tuition scholarship, fee discounts, and HEC insurance contributions can be found on this spreadsheet. Please note that these are based on current charges, which may change at any time. Specific programs may have different fees.

Updates for Accepted Students

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) issues the DS-2019 forms required for a J-1 visa. It also issues frequent communications to accepted and continuing international students via OHIO email. To see all recent announcements, see the Outgoing Communication page.

General International Graduate Student Information

Ohio University policies apply to all applicants and accepted students. For additional information pertaining to all international students, please consult the following:

Further Information

For additional questions, please contact us at ohiohec@ohio.edu