Tips on Applying for a Scholarship to Study Abroad

There are several ways to get a scholarship. Getting a Scholarship is not easy. There are some handy Tips on Applying for a Scholarship to Study Abroad. In this guide, I am going to tell you the important information and will highlight the inside. I am going to make it easier for you. There are several ways to get a scholarship. If you are applying for Bachelors’s, Masters’s, or Ph.D. Studies.

This Guide will help you achieve any one of the following. The few that I know Foreign Government Scholarships, University Scholarships, Research Laboratory Scholarships. There is No Specific or No Science behind Scholarship. There are Simple Tips for Applying for a Scholarship to Study Abroad.

Foreign Government Scholarships

Governments of several countries around the world offer a wide range of scholarships to
International students. Some scholarships are listed below:

  1. Japanese Government Scholarships: http://www.studyjapan.go.jp/en/toj_stope.html
  2. List of scholarships in Japan: http://www.jasso.go.jp/study_j/scholarships_sfisij_e.html
  3. Korean Government Scholarships: http://www.gks.go.kr/
  4. NIIED Scholarships for BS, MS and Ph.D. students: http://www.niied.go.kr/
  5. University of Science and Technology Scholarships: http://www.ust.ac.kr/index.do?todo=indexEng
  6. KAIST: http://www.kaist.edu/english/
  7. Chevening Scholarships: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/scholarships/chevening/
  8. The Fulbright Program for Foreign Students: http://foreign.fulbrightonline.org/fubrightprogram.html
  9. Microsoft Research Fellowships: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/collaboration/awards/fellowships.aspx
  10. Scholarship Portal: http://www.cra.org
  11. ERCIM Postdoctoral Fellowships: http://fellowship.ercim.eu/
  12. Australian Endeavour Awards: http://www.deewr.gov.au/International/EndeavourAwards/Pages/Home.aspx
  13. Australian Development Scholarships: http://www.ausaid.gov.au/scholar/studyin.cfm
  14. DAAD Scholarships: http://www.daad.org/

How to apply For Foreign Government Scholarships?

  1. Most of the scholarships are offered every year
  2. In order to get updated information, visit related websites regularly, and prepare your application and required documents in advance.
  3. For some scholarships such as Endeavor awards, you have to get admission first
    and then you can apply for the scholarship
  4. The admission process usually takes 3-4 months for the Ph.D. studies
  5. Plan at least six months before the deadline
  6. In order to apply for admission, some universities may ask you to identify a potential advisor and get her approval before submitting an application
  7. Visit the homepage of professor related to your research topic
  8. Read recent research papers to get an idea about her research
  9. Get her approval and submit approval letter along with the application
  10. To get approval contact professors at least 40-50 days before the application deadline
  11. When contacting a professor make sure to include your research plan or at least research interests or research you have done. We have written a useful article on How to Reach out to the Professors for Scholarship?

University Scholarships

Several universities, particularly in developed countries, offer various scholarships for BS, MS, and Ph.D. programs.

In order to get information, visit the website of the university or department, look for admission and scholarship section, read requirements, and prepare your application.

List of Some University Scholarships

South Korea

  1. Seoul National University: http://www.snu.ac.kr/engsnu/
  2. Korea University: http://www.korea.ac.kr/
  3. Hanyang University: http://www.hanyang.ac.kr/english/Campus%20Life/indexF6-1.html
  4. KAIST: http://www.kaist.edu/edu.html
  5. GIST: http://www.gist.ac.kr/english/03_admissions/sub_01.php

USA

  1. University of California international scholarships: https://bit.ly/2TWAM8o
  2. Georgia Tech: http://www.finaid.gatech.edu/scholarships/

Australia

  1. Melbourne University Scholarship: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/scholarships/ugrad/international
  2. The Australian National University: http://www.anu.edu.au/sas/scholarships/index.php

Swiss

  1. ETH Zurich Scholarships: http://www.rektorat.ethz.ch/students/finance/scholarship/excellence/index_EN

Research Labs / Professors

Research labs and faculties within the university also offer their own scholarships.

How to apply?

  1. Search research labs/professors related to your research topic
  2. Find if there are any MS or Ph.D. positions.
  3. Read requirements carefully and then prepare your application

If positions are not available

  1. Contact professors and ask them about the research opportunities
  2. Make sure to include your research plan or at least research interests and research you have done.
  3. Before contacting a professor, visit his home page and read a few recent research papers
    to get an idea about her research. We have already written an article on How to Reach out to the Professors for Scholarship?
  4. How to choose a good professor?
  5. Check projects, funding, list of publications, number of citations, alumni, etc.

General Instructions

Prepare the following documents in advance

  1. Degrees
  2. Transcripts
  3. GRE or ILETS Score
  4. Research Proposal
  5. Statement of Purpose

Search Scholarship Opportunities

  1. Read the requirements carefully
  2. Prepare your application before the deadline
  3. The admission and scholarship process takes time and effort. It is best to start your application process at least one month before the deadline
  4. Make sure that your application is complete
  5. Proofread your application several times

Advice on Writing Research Proposal

  1. This is one of the most important documents of your application
  2. Take your time to prepare a good research proposal
  3. Your research proposal should address the following questions:
  4. What is the problem being addressed?
  5. Why it is important?
  6. In what ways your work is innovative?
  7. What methodology and techniques you will use?

Your proposal should include the following sections:

  1. Summary
  2. Introduction
  3. Problem Statement
  4. Research Objectives
  5. Literature Review
  6. Research Description
  7. Plan of Work
  8. Expected Results
  9. References

For more information, please visit the following links:

  1. Advice on Writing Proposals to the National Science Foundation:
    http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~sfinger/advice/advice.html
  2. Guidelines for writing a research proposal:
    http://www2.hawaii.edu/~matt/proposal.html

Advice on Writing Reference Letters

  1. Reference letters play an important role
  2. Choose your referee carefully
  3. Someone who knows you well and has a good reputation
  4. Reference letters should include comments on your academic performance
  5. The reference letters which reveal nothing about you in terms of knowledge and capabilities are useless and would not make any difference.
  6. Ask your referee to send a reference letter on time
  7. Good referees are always busy
  8. Ask them at least a month before the deadline

For more information, please visit the following links:

  1. Guide for teaching fellows on writing letters of recommendation: http://isites.harvard.edu/fs/html/icb.topic58474/Verba-recs.html
  2. Writing a letter of recommendation: http://www.cs.washington.edu/homes/mernst/advice/writerecommendation.html
  3. Advice to Graduate School Recommendation Letter Writers:
    http://www.cs.brown.edu/~sk/Memos/Grad-School-Recos/

Last, but Not the least when contacting a Professor or when you applying for a scholarship. Make sure to prepare a CV. We have written a useful article on How to Make an Effective CV Useful Tips for CV Writing.

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Muhammad Saim Rasheed has won four fully-funded scholarships to the United States, Egypt, Turkey, and the Maldives. He is a Motivational Speaker and educationist. He started a Scholarship blog Opportunities Corner for young students to find global opportunities for Free.