Availability of Scholarships
There are scholarships for virtually all fields of study and for many nationalities. There are scholarships that will allows you to learn at any country (i.e. Aga Khan Foundation Scholarships, Ford Foundation Fellowships, and so on.) while other scholarships only allow you to study at specified host institutions (e.g. World Bank Scholarships, ADB-JSP Scholarships). Most government sponsored scholarships allow you study at any University in their country (i.e. Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme, Endeavour IPRS, etc.). The key is simply to see them and to apply solely to those which you’re eligible for.
Checking if you are eligible
The eligibility requirements vary from scholarship to scholarship. A previous University degree, proficiency in English, high academic grades, and an unconditional acceptance to a program offered by participating/host institutions is included by some of the usual qualifications. Besides the eligibility needs of the scholarship, you must also think about the eligibility requirements of the programme of study you’re applying to.
Some scholarships put an age limit and some do not. If the scholarship provider didn’t indicate an age limit as part of their eligibility requirements well then it is safe to assume that there is no age limit.
You can not assume all Universities require you to take the TOEFL or IELTS. Some Universities accepts a Certificate of English as Medium of Instruction in place of an English proficiency test. When it is absolutely required by the Faculty, you then have to take TOEFL or perhaps other English proficiency exams regardless if you had been taught in English during your University studies or not.
Applying for the Scholarships
The application instructions differ among scholarship providers so there is no common way of using to a scholarship. Quite often, admissions to the University is required before you’re permitted to use for the scholarship. At times, the application to admissions and the application program on the scholarship should be posted at the exact same time. In some instances, the application of yours to admission pretty much can serve as your application on the scholarship – you do not require a separate scholarship application. There are also cases when you’re permitted to apply for a scholarship even if you haven’t yet processed or still processing your application for admission. One really should then adhere to the application steps established by the scholarship provider.
The best moment to apply for a scholarship is within the application time set by the scholarship provider/University. Often, scholarship applications (as well as admissions) should be accomplished six months to one year before the academic year you plan to master.
In making the essay, you must stick to the structure of the scholarship provider. If they have not given a certain format, then simply you can follow this easy outline when making your application/motivation letter: (1) Background/Key Qualifications, (2) Intentions for mastering, (three) Expectations of the Course, and (four) your plans during and after the research. In making the letter, you should not simply tell them why you need the scholarship but more importantly you need to explain clearly why you need to receive the scholarship.
Simply because most scholarship providers don’t shoulder this cost, you should be ready to use your own funds for the application fee. Frequently than not, the expense of preparing the application requirements which includes the TOEFL exam is not covered by a scholarship. In the event that you’re actually serious in acting on a scholarship, you have to try to save in place for the price of TOEFL or perhaps the application fee.