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Government of Srilanka Presidential Scholarships Program for Undergraduate–2016-17

Applications are invited from eligible students for the award of undergraduate scholarships offered by the Ministry of Higher Education and Highways (MoHEH), Sri Lanka for the academic year 2016/17 and the courses are to commence in November 2017. Since this is a government to government scholarship program, candidates shall apply for this scholarship with the recommendation of the government nominating agency (i.e. Ministry or the government Institution of his/her country).

  • Scholarships are open for courses of studies other than Medical, Dental Sciences & Engineering. Therefore, applicants in the fields of Engineering, Medicine and Dentistry may not apply.
  • Medium of instruction is English
  • Candidates can request for more than one course for securing chances to win a scholarship, identifying their preferences as places are limited in some fields.
  • There may be instances where requested courses are not possible to offer due to unforeseen circumstances or limited places available in the particular field.
  • If the given qualifications by the applicant are not compatible with the entry requirements of the university, those applications may not be successful.
  • When completing the form, please ensure that you provide your full name as appeared in your passport.
  •  Please provide all the supporting documents in English, we require officially translated versions as well as copies in the original language.
  • Please provide certified copies of all the supporting documents including the certified copies of the relevant pages of your passport, duly authenticated by relevant authorities.
  • Do not leave any section of this application unanswered. Please write "N/A" in all irrelevant sections.
Note.  Application form can be downloaded from the Ministry of Higher Education and Highways, web site:

General Eligibility

Eligibility Requirements :
  1. ​Be a citizen of Pakistan / AJ&K. A citizen of another country having Sri Lankan dual citizenship is not eligible to apply.
  2. Candidates with impressive results of an examination deemed equivalent to G.C.E. (Advance Level) Examination of Sri Lanka are eligible to apply for admission to universities in Sri Lanka.
  3. Applicants are advised to attach the original letter obtained from the Board of Examinations to prove that his/her educational qualifications are equivalent to the G.C.E. (A/L) Examination (Sri Lanka) or qualifications required for admission to a university in their own country to follow a bachelor's degree.  
  4. Applicants should ensure that all required passes should be obtained in one and the same sitting under a recognized Board of Examination.
  5. Age must be between 17-22 years on 02.05.2017 

Scholarship Benefits

  • Freof charge tuition and registration.
  • Free Visa for studies 
  • One-off settlement allowance of LKR 10,000/-.  
  • A monthly living allowance of LKR 30, 000/- during the study period. 

It is expected that the scholarship recipient will meet the expenditure for food and accommodation with the monthly allowance of LKR 30,000/- The relevant university / higher educational institute will assist in finding suitable accommodation.

  • Reimbursement of cost of air fare (economy class) to come to Sri Lanka and return   his/her country after successful completion of studies [Payment is made for original bills only. Kindly note that all above payments are made in LKR 
  • Free of charge medical facilities at government hospitals other than dental related diseases.   

Terms & Conditions

  • Applicants must provide evidence of proficiency in English. Minimum score for TOEFL is 525 and minimum band score is 6.0 for IELTS. Those applicants who don't have valid TOEFL/IELTS test score may not apply.
  • To cover the immediate expenses you are advised to bring approximately US$350. Living allowance is paid during the 3rd week of each month.
  • Once admitted to a course of study the requests for change of the course/university will not be accepted.
  • Scholarship holder should submit a health certificate issued by a government hospital of his/her country as per the attached format.
  • Every student is required to undergo HIV/AIDS test and reports should be submitted within a month after selection / arrival.
  • In case the scholarship holder cannot complete the course during the prescribed period due to reasons of ill health or other unavoidable circumstances, considerations will be given to extend the scholarship by a maximum of one year on the recommendation of the university.
  • The rules and regulations imposed by each university for the local students will also apply to the scholarship holders.
  • Scholarship and studentship will be cancelled if;
    1. the student is failed to maintain a satisfactory academic performance according to the grading system of the university
    2. the student left Sri Lanka without getting approval from the university
    3. the student is reported any non- compliance of the rules and regulations of the university.
  • If a student leaves the course prior to completion of his/her study programme he/she is liable to pay all the expenses incurred by the Government of Sri Lanka.
  • How to Apply

    • Each applicant should submit duly perfected 3 sets (one original) of Sri Lankan application form (Click herealong with all required documents plus one set (print out) of HEC online form to HEC in spiral binding, separately.
    • Apply online at: After submission of the application, get its printed copy signed. Attach deposit slip of Rs. 300/- (in original) through HEC online Account No. 17427900133401 at HBL, Shalimar Recording Company Branch, H-9, Islamabad (all educational documents and attested copies of CNIC, B-form, Domicile, IBCC equivalency certificate, IELTS/TOEFL results, original medical certificate to be attached with HEC application form along with bank deposit slip).
    • HEC shall forward the applications with their recommendation by filling out the section 06 B of the application to the Sri Lankan mission for forwarding the same to the MoHEH, Sri Lanka. 
    Required Documents:
    • Certified copy of Birth Certificate 
    • Certified copies of the academic transcripts of G.C.E A/L and G.C.E O/L or their IBCC equivalents (Intermediate & Matric Certificates & Transcripts).
    • Original letter obtained from the Board of Examinations
    • Certified copy of IELTS/TOEFL certificate
    • Certified copy of the data page of applicant's passport.  The validity of the  passport shall  remain at least for 1 year after arrival to Sri Lanka
    • Medical Certificate 
    • Police Report.
    • All nominations from Pakistan will be routed via HEC. However, final selection will be made by funding country.
    • ​No Application documents mentioned above will be returned whether the application is successful or not.
    • HEC will shortlist eligible applicants on the basis of selection criteria defined by funding country, highest academic merit, provincial /regional quota.
    • Incomplete applications or applications received after due date will NOT be accepted. The recommendation of nominating agency i.e. HEC will be final and binding.
    • Please note that HEC has facilitation role in nomination process, as final selection will be made by the donor country. Further, HEC will have no financial liability regarding this scholarship.


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