Welcome to the information page about the Rhodes Scholarship for Pakistan.

Each year, there is one Scholarship available in Pakistan to enable an outstanding student to study at the University of Oxford.

The first Rhodes Scholar from Pakistan took up residence in Oxford in 1951, and since that time more than 60 citizens of Pakistan have been awarded this prestigious scholarship.  They have pursued a variety of careers in public service, academia, business, law, and medicine, amongst others.  Many have achieved notable distinction, including:

  • Professor Shaukat Hameed Khan, a nuclear-laser physicist who is a Fellow of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences and was the rector of Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology (GIKI).
  • Neurosurgeon Ayub K. Ommaya, the inventor of the Ommaya Reservoir, which is used to provide chemotherapy directly to the tumour site for brain tumours;
  • Wasim Sajjad, who served as interim President of Pakistan on two occasions.  He serves in the Senate of Pakistan, where he has until recently been Opposition Leader in the Senate. 

Information about the Rhodes Scholars elected for Pakistan and around the world can be found in biographies of the Rhodes class of 2014 and the Rhodes class of 2013

Syed Ali Asad Rizvi, Rhodes Scholar from Pakistan


Applications for the Rhodes Scholarships for 2017 for Pakistan are now closed.

Prospective applicants from Pakistan should carefully review:
1. the general information about the Rhodes Scholarships,
2. the selection criteria that apply in all Rhodes constituencies, and then
3. the application criteria specific to Pakistan (revised 3 July 2016)
There are FAQs which are applicable to all applicants. 

Guidance for Referees for applications for 2017 can be found here.

The selection committee typically meet in Lahore or Islamabad before December, and the Rhodes Trust will pay travel expenses for those candidates who are invited to interview.   

National Secretary for Pakistan:
Mr Babar Sattar
The Secretary
The Rhodes Scholarships in Pakistan
Pakistan Youth Hostels Association
Shaheed-e-Millat Road, Sector G-6/4
Aabpara, Islamabad

Telephone: +92 51 282 4628
Fax: +92 51 282 4520
E-mail 1: 
E-mail 2: sattar@post.harvard.edu