Undergraduate Research Support Programme

The Undergraduate Research Support (UGRS) Programme is meant to support final-year research students with support for a research kit in order to enable them to do cutting- edge research in their STEM discipline. 

The programme will support 300 final year STEM undergraduate students of public and private universities to undertake their research thesis/report project with leading researchers in KP. This will not only offer these students with top quality research opportunities but also strengthen research groups in KP, working on the three priority areas and 8 thematic areas as identified under the Science Agenda for KP, with bright young minds. 

Program Aim

Nurture a strong and active community of not only PI-level collaborations but also a solid group of young researchers who are on their way to becoming independent group leaders. These networks are the bloodlines of any scientific enterprise for the movement of ideas, knowledge and skills. 


  1. Identify your problem space from the 8+3 areas

  2. Identify a research group in KP – can be at a university, research institute or a startup.

  3. Identify and meet an IRTC-approved supervisor

  4.  Identify at least 1 novel scientific problem, invention (prototype) or innovation (solution or product) that you will work on.

  5. Prepare your application pack and apply in response to any of the Call for Applications for this programme. 

Eligibility for the Student

The studentship allows successful candidates to join research groups of their choice, in the 8+3 areas identified under the KP Science Agenda. The candidates will be enrolled in and will obtain their degrees from the host institution of their primary supervisor, which can be any university of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Eligibility of the PI

The PI should have funds for the research component of the Masters studentship that is laid out in the research plan. Tuition fees and university costs will be the responsibility of the student. 


Each successful candidate will be offered PKR 150,000 which will include PKR 120,000 for research costs to be used under the supervision of the supervisor and PKR 30,000 as an honorarium for the supervisor upon graduation of the student. 

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