Availability of Scholarships
Most subjects of study and nationalities are eligible for scholarships. Some scholarships allow you to study in any country (for example, Aga Khan Foundation Scholarships, Ford Foundation Fellowships, and so on), while others only allow you to study at specific host institutions (e.g., World Bank Scholarships, ADB-JSP Scholarships). The majority of government-funded scholarships allow you to attend any university in their country (i.e., Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme, Endeavour IPRS, etc.). The goal is to locate them and apply only to those for which you are qualified.
Checking if you are eligible
The eligibility requirements for each scholarship differ. A previous university degree, English ability, strong academic grades, and unconditional acceptance to a program given by participating/host schools are all common requirements. You must also examine the qualifying requirements of the program of study you are applying to, in addition to the scholarship requirements.
Some scholarships have an age restriction, while others do not. It’s safe to presume that if the scholarship sponsor didn’t include an age limit as part of their eligibility rules, there isn’t one.
The TOEFL or IELTS are not required by all universities. A Certificate of English as a Medium of Instruction is accepted by a large number of universities in lieu of an English proficiency exam. If the University requires it, you must take the TOEFL or other English proficiency exams regardless of whether you were taught English throughout your university studies.
Applying for the Scholarships
Because application guidelines differ amongst scholarship providers, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to applying for a scholarship. Most of the time, you must first be admitted to the university before applying for a scholarship. Occasionally, both admissions and scholarship applications must be filed at the same time. You may not need to submit a separate scholarship application if your application for admission also acts as your application for the scholarship. You may also be able to qualify or eligible for a scholarship even if you have not yet completed or are still completing your admissions application. The next step is to follow the scholarship provider’s application guidelines.
The optimal time to apply for a scholarship is during the scholarship provider’s/application University’s period. Scholarship applications (as well as admissions) should indeed be submitted 6 to 12 months ahead of the academic year where you expect to enroll.
You must follow the scholarship provider’s format when writing the essay. If they haven’t specified a structure, you can use the following easy outline to write your application/motivation letter:
- Background/Key Qualifications,
- Studying Objectives,
- Course Expectations, and
- Your Plans During and After the Study
You should not only explain why you need the scholarship in the letter, but you should also explain why you deserve it. Because most scholarship sources do not cover the application price, you should be prepared to pay it yourself. The majority of the time, a scholarship does not cover the expense of preparing the application criteria, including the TOEFL exam. If you’re serious about getting a scholarship, you should endeavor to save money for the TOEFL or the application price.