Special Tips for Scholarships

All applicants interested in studying abroad with fully-funded scholarships, full scholarships, partial scholarships, research assistants, or funding from research projects are recommended to prepare their applications by following the proper and given guidelines. Every task takes some time and effort to formulate a plan, schedule, material, and then implementation. Today, you will read the unique and vital tips for preparing robust applications and scholarship hunting to study abroad.

Several things need to be considered as follows;

  • Prepare a Plan
  • General Search/Research
  • Make a list of Scholarships
  • Prepare your Documents
  • List of Achievements
  • Be selective or more focused
  • Proofread your entire application
  • Submit Application

Prepare a Plan

Plans are essential to start any task, work, or target. For example, you want to travel somewhere where you didn’t visit before. You have to prepare a plan with proper time management because time value is significant in any activity. If you are late, you miss the track (any vehicle) and wait for the next. That’s why plans with good timing bring you to your targets on time. Similarly, in the case of scholarship applications, your plans and choose your pripority (study abroad or job hunting) matter to succeed. Scholarship hunting is art; you can say it is a full-time job for a specific time in the scholarship application period (September – April).

General Search/Research

Applicants should search about google scholarships one by one, country-wise, degree-wise, and then subject-wise. It is the second step towards the applications for fully-funded scholarships, full scholarships, partial scholarships, research funding, or professor funding for your higher study abroad. There are some steps to achieve any target, goal, or task, and you can reach them easily if you follow the steps. Searching about scholarships to study abroad will lead you to get an idea about their general details, requirements, and application procedures.

Make a list of Scholarships

Now you have an idea of scholarships as you have searched with different keywords such as country-wise, degree-wise, and then subject-wise in the above heading. That helped identify and prioritize the more relevant scholarships to your interest (idea, research, most crucial funding). Prepare a list of those scholarships with their general details, most notably their deadlines and application procedures. Some of the world’s attractive and prestigious fully funded scholarships are given below;

Prepare your Documents

The next step is to prepare and arrange your documents for the scholarship applications. The list of documents required for all scholarships are given below;

  • Identity Proof (Passport)
  • Educational Documents (Results cards, transcripts, degrees…etc)
  • Two recommendation letters (Prof. or assistant professors)
  • Language Proof (IELTS, TOFEL, English proficiency letter) depends on the demand
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Study or Research Plan
  • Research Proposal
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Others, if any (achievements, publications, honors…etc)

Preparing documents is one of the necessary steps because if your application is not meeting the required criteria, it would automatically be rejected without consideration. That’s why documents in a proper way will help you to submit your complete application. How to prepare these above documents? Please Click Here for Guidelines.

List of Achievements (if any)

Before you begin filling out scholarship applications, you need to create a list of accomplishments. Not only is this extremely helpful for scholarship season, but it’s also a good exercise for college applications, and it makes you feel good, too! Scholarship committees want to hear about the awards and accolades you’ve won when making their decisions about candidates. If you’ve never won an award, that’s okay. Extracurricular activities, having a high school job, volunteering, and good grades look great on the list of accomplishments, too. Showing the variety of your skills and talents will also give them a better perspective of your personality and work ethic. Plus, you’ll have more to talk about if you score an interview with a scholarship committee.

Be Selective or More Focused

There are several scholarships worldwide for international applicants to study abroad as given the list of most prestigious scholarships above. Applicants can apply for all of them if they think they are eligible for all of them. But I would suggest you first target those scholarships or applications that are more relevant to your interest, subject, research, and submit the robust applications than for all others. Same in the case of guidance, choose those people who can guide you in the right direction and help you to improve your applications; they can be any previous scholars, seniors, professors…etc

Proofread Your Entire Application

Always go through and manually proofread all of your essays and applications. The computer can miss a lot of typos and isn’t the best grammar checker. After you proofread your essays, read the essays out loud. If something doesn’t sound right, try rewriting or rephrasing problem areas. Don’t lose a scholarship because of poor proofreading or because something is “good enough.” Or ask someone (Scholarship’s holders, scholars, teachers, professors) who can review your application and give feedback to improve before submission

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Muhammad Usman

Research & MEXT Scholar  at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan) with Graduate Major in Global Engineering for Development, Environment and Society


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