Are you looking for the International opportunities (Fully-funded International Scholarships, Jobs, Exchange programs, and Summer Internships) for Bachelor, master or Mphil, PhD or postdoc and you applied many times for different opportunities but still no positive response? So, let`s follow our instructions on how you can grab International Scholarships for your bright careers. To Submit Successfully Application for the international scholarships to study abroad, you need to work on your application before final submission in terms of your educational documents (certificates, transcripts, Degrees), to fulfill the requirement (what they required, How to apply, Procedure, Acceptance letter (if applicable) and others) and your most important documents which present your profile in the absence of you, for example, Academic Resume, Statement of Purpose ( SOP), Study Plan, Research Plan, Research proposal….etc.

so in this post, I covered preparations, How to make your Academic Resumes/CV, How to make a Statement of Purpose, How to Make a Study Plan and Research Proposal. Because when you will work on these documents before applying for any opportunity you will surely submit a competitive application.

Brief Description

For your Bright Career and bright Future, you need to explore your knowledge as practical but now a days there are a lot of international opportunities (mention below) for bachelor, master/Mphil, PhD and postdoc to explore your knowledge with practical examples and research with international professors in highly esteemed institutions and enhance your profile. To get a good chance to change your life turning point you need to work on your profile (means on your presentation in your absence) because all international opportunities are very competent now. And here is the helpful article for you to know and analyze your profile for your application so that you can make it competent and concrete (Specific, attractive and Impressive).

List of International Opportunities

All those options which is offered from all around the world for all international students to enhance and boost your profile for better career or future which you can hunt or apply are given below;

  • Fully Funded Scholarships
  • Exchange Programs
  • Summer Internships
  • Youth Conferences (Cultural, Innovative, creativity…etc)
  • Foreign Jobs

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List of Documents

General Documents which are commonly required for each opportunity mention above either for scholarships, jobs, exchange or summer internships. Here is the complete list

  • Copy of passport
  • Educational Documents (Transcripts/Degree/Certificate)
  • Abstract of Previous Thesis or Final Year Project
  • Academic Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Study Plan or Research Plan
  • Research Proposal
  • Recommendation or Reference Letters
  • Language Proficiency
  • Other Supporting Documents (Honors, Awards, Publications….etc)

Note: Be Careful about Grammar and Spellings

How to Prepare all these above mention documents

In this section I will cover important points about all these above documents and their preparation contents (what you will cover in these documents, what should mention or not, how you can make them concrete/impressive and attractive for recruiter)

Copy of Passport

This is considered as a personal document which is the proof of your residency or nationality. At the time of application, you should have this document because this is your internationally identity.

Educational Documents

These are the basics documents (certificate/degree or provisional certificate) as a proof of your educational career from primary to higher education level. You obtain them from your institution after the assessment evaluation either final exams, interview or viva. You should have the documents from High School to higher level (High School (O level), FSc (Intermediate)/A-Level), bachelor, master and PhD).

As the competition is increasing because of applications increasing now every country and scholarship are going to make strict or you can say tough criteria in terms of attested documents at the time of initial application. So, if these documents will be attested from any organization (Notary, HEC, IBBC, MOFA…etc) It will be good.

Abstract of your Previous Thesis or Final year project

This document required from the Bachelor, Master and PhD applicants who are going to apply for higher study in Master, Phd and postdoc. Its not required from FSc applicants who are looking for Bachelor opportunities. Abstract of your last thesis or final year project shows your research capability and it is the plus point in your application if you have done anything in your previous education.

Abstract is the summary of your whole research as you have seen in research papers they mostly start from Abstract, it mostly covers

  • Intro
  • Problems and Significance
  • Methodology
  • Results
  • conclusions

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Academic Resume or Cv

One of the Important documents, what do you think what Academic Resume or Cv.  As you heard from any people surrounding you either they are applying for jobs or any other opportunity. This document is same as above section Abstract (Summary), your academic resume or CV is your profile summary in which you mention your all details about what you are? Intro, Contacts, Education, Experience (If Any), Publications (if any), Certificates and skills. These are common points for all because everyone put the same details in Academic Resume or Cv. Then where is difference? Why some Academic Resume or Cv looks attractive and some of them feel to put them in trash even they have good profile?  SO here are some points which you should be consider or keep in mind when you are working on your Resume.

Here are some general Suggestion

  • Chose Simple, Short and Attractive Format (Europeas or you can design by Yourself)
  • Should be Original (No copy Paste and no extra things which you don’t know)
  • About me or Career Objective (it’s very impotent in CV but mostly we use the same paragraph), Please write what you are looking for.
  • If you add your profile picture then it should be looks like professional way not casual or selfie because your profile and your details should be match.
  • If you are fresh then it should be on 1 page but depends on your profile if you have lot of experiences and publications then in that case it can be increase.

Here are the Points and order of Academic Resume or CV

  • Intro (details)
  • About me or Career Objective
  • Education (If fresh),
  • Experience (if any)
  • Publications (if any)
  • Final year Projects/Thesis., etc
  • Certifications (if any)
  • Skills or abilities
  • And then anything if you want to add

Cover Letter

Cover letter as you know Cover means to support something same like this cove letter is the supporting document with your CV in which you discuss something specific for your application to the Recruiter

It covers

  1. Head (To the Recruiter)
  2. Subject
  3. Paragraph of Explanation (which should be included three sections)
  4. About advertisement (requirement and date)
  5. Education and Experience
  6. Capabilities or abilities (why they prefer you)
  7. Sincerely

Statement of Purpose

Statement of purpose and motivational letter are the two names of single document and compulsory for Bachelor, Master, PhD and Postdoc, it also has main weightage in your application. In which students should discuss

  • Introduction (Short and Specific)
  • Education Details
  • Your Interest (what you want to do)
  • Then your motivation (why you want to do this), Problems and Significance
  • Goals
  • 1 to 1.5 pages

Study Plan or Research Plan

Study plan or research plan is your future (hypothetically) in selected or proposed major, department, university and country with timetable chart (timeline Plan). If you will add these below points in your statement of purpose or motivational letter it will consider for both (Study plan and statement of purpose)

Here are the main points of study plan after statement of purpose (Points)

  • Topic and major (why you chose this)
  • University (why you chose this)
  • Country (why you chose this)
  • Long Term Goals
  • Timeline or Timetable Chart
  • References (if Applicable)
  • Not more than 2 pages

Research Proposal

It is used to establish whether there is expertise to support your proposed area of research. It forms part of the assessment of your application. The research proposal you submit as part of your application is just the starting point, as your ideas evolve your proposed research is likely to change. It should be 2,000–3,500 words (3-5 pages) long.

What should be included in my research proposal?

Your proposal should include the following:

  • Title

Your title should give a clear indication of your proposed research approach or key question

  • Background

It should include:

  • background and issues of your proposed research
  • your discipline
  • short literature review
  • summary of key debates and developments in the field
  • Research Questions

You should formulate these clearly, giving an explanation as to what problems and issues are to be explored and why they are worth exploring

  • Methodology

You should provide an outline of:

  • Theoretical resources to be drawn on
  • Research approach (theoretical framework)
  • Research methods appropriate for the proposed research
  • Discussion of advantages as well as limits of approaches and methods
  • Timetable

You should include an outline of the various stages and corresponding time lines for developing and implementing the research, including writing up your thesis.

  • References

Recommendation or Reference Letters

This is also very important in your application evaluation for screening in which your professors or teacher of latest or higher education institutions give their evaluation points about your Abilities, Capabilities, attitude, behavior, academic flexibility and other things about your personality.

There are two ways to submit the recommendation or reference letters

Electronically: In which you need to put the details of your Professors contact (Name, Position, Email) and an electronic email send to your professors for submission.

Pdf (Scan form): Printed form with your professors’ signature and stamp.

Language Proficiency

Language Proficiency means your fluency in required language mostly English. Of you are not native speaker then you must submit the English language proficiency certificate of any test score (IELTS, TOFEL, GRE…etc).

English Proficiency Letter: In many scholarships they mention the exemption, requirement for those who are native speaker and those who obtained the degree or education from institutions where the medium of instruction or teaching was English.

You can get it from your institution.

Other Supporting Documents

All other documents except above list which can support your applications will be helpful and beneficial for your application in final selection. These documents can be your honors, awards, certificates and publications.

How to Write an Email?

As you know first impression is the last impression, so there are some professional manners to contact someone and impressed him/her through your profile, way of talking and communication skills. Here below are the important points which you should consider in your email composing;

Subject: Request for MS/PhD Supervision/acceptance (you can change its just an example)

Body:

Dear/Respected Professor (Name)

  • Start from greetings (good morning/noon, I hope my email finds you in good health)
  • Intro including education background and achievements
  • Research Interests
  • His lab profile (research activities) including why you are the suitable candidate
  • Attach Cv (ask them to please take a look )

Email Sample

Dear Professor abc,

                                           I hope you will be in good health. My name is abc from Pakistan. I recently graduated as a Chemical Engineer from one of the reputable engineering university in Pakistan with fascinating grades 3.5 CGPA out of 4.0. I worked on the “specific topic” of your final year project. Publications record (if any).

I am very interested to expand/enhance my knowledge in the “specific topic, research areas” because (reason why do you want to do this) and I need your supervision to proceed my application at university/scholarship name.

I checked your lab profile and research activities, publications (such and such) which is totally match with my research interest/ideas…etc and then praise slightly about their research.

I attached my resume for your kind consideration and please let me know if you required any other information. Thank you very much and looking forward to hearing from you.

How to Apply for Any Scholarship

Here are some points to consider before to start your application for any scholarship

  • Complete Details
  • Requirements
  • Major and Departments (offered)
  • Research areas (required)

And after that if you will find something relevant to you then prepare your application to final submission

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Muhammad Usman

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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