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Ministry of Higher Education and scientific research. Dr. Amanj Saeed Advisor to the Minister of Higher education and Scientific Research Higher education initiatives. Higher education initiatives. Human Capacity Development Program (HCDP). HCDP.

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Ministry of Higher Education and scientific research

Dr. Amanj Saeed

Advisor to the Minister of Higher education and Scientific Research

Higher education initiatives

Higher education initiatives

Human Capacity Development Program (HCDP)


  • Investing in human recourses to prepare future academic and business leaders.

  • Annual Budget of (US$100 million) has been allocated.

  • Sending top students abroad to study and train in some of the best universities in the world.

Fully funded scholarship

Living expenses 1800 USD per person & 2700 USD for families

Annual travel expenses

Health insurance

One year Language course fee.

Academic tuition fees

Target program and Duration of Study:

  • Msc/MA/PHD

    Duration of Study:

  • The duration of a scholarship program depends on the field of specialty, the institution, and the country.

  • Generally

  • Master studies: 1-2 year(s).

  • Doctorate programs PhD 3-5 years.


  • Based on Requirements of:

  • Higher Education and Universities

  • Government sector.

  • private sector

  • organizations of civil society

  • Reflection of requirements of job market in Kurdistan Region.






Low and political Science

Business and Administration


Medical studies

Target countries

Students are sent to internationally approved universities :

  • United Kingdom

  • Canada

  • United States of America

  • Western Europe

  • Turkeya

  • Japan

  • Malaysia

  • India

  • China

  • Korea

  • Egypt

  • Iran

Who can apply for HCDP scholarship

  • Ministry of Higher Education staff.

  • Entire work force and staff of the ministries and establishments of KRG

  • Private sector

Selection criteria

  • Based on Merit

  • Point based system depending on:

  • Average BSc Score

  • Language test score

  • Age of the candidate

  • Years of Experience.

  • Offer letter (conditional/unconditional)

Electronic system

Online application

Advanced software, changes the applicant profile to points (Point based system)

Electronic ranking

Electronic selection

Total Score Calculator (point based system)

Online application

MHE discussion portal

Point based system

  • Transparency

  • Equal opportunity

  • Social justice

    Change the culture

  • People confidence in the system.

  • Self motivation and hard work are the only way to secure the scholarship.

Result Announcement (transparency)

HCDP Awards

Great Success

Within two year period 2200 students reached their classroom

Great success

Students went to the universities of the following countries


Supreme committee

Ministry of Higher education

Ministry of Planning

HCDP committee

HCDP committee

HCDP investment for future

  • 4425 scholarships

  • Counselling services

  • Language courses

  • Offer letters and placement .

  • Pre-departure orientation

  • Academic follow up


English language.

Changing University.

Placement of Medical candidates.

New PhD pathway

The key objectives of this program

revitalize research

clear focus on needs of Kurdistan while connecting with the outside world. 

New PhD pathway

The new PhD program consists of four years of full-time research

students will be jointly supervised by a local and an international scientist from a centre of excellence.  

New PhD pathway

  • Outcomes:

  • Production of internationally competitive collaborative research

  • Publication of research with international impact.

  • In-depth experience in research and encourage them to be creative and innovative.

Potential areas for collaboration

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