In this article, you will learn about some common challenges in scholarship applications and how to overcome them.
Getting a scholarship to study abroad offers you a wider variety of Courses, including research options and skill-based activities for students.
It also helps you to learn new languages, appreciate other cultures, overcome challenges of living in another country and attain a bigger understanding of the world.
Imagine being employed after your scholarship since the above are all experiences most modern industries look for when employing.
This helps expand your horizons and opens up a world of new educational opportunities. Not only this, but certain programs abroad also allow you to take different courses at the same time.
With all these wonderful advantages, you still don’t know why your applications fail and it is becoming more challenging for you. Worry no more…
This article covers some common challenges in scholarship applications and how to overcome them.
If studying abroad is very important to you, then you need to understand the principles of getting a Scholarship and how you can make your application stronger than others.
COMMON CHALLENGES IN SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS AND HOW TO OVERCOME THEM
• You Don’t Know Where To Start From?
We will begin with the first step, which is to know the various scholarships available around the globe.
Why is this? Because some are too common, for example, the United States Fullbright scholarship, Erasmus Mundus scholarship, Australian RTPS, etc. While some others are based on the professor’s funding.
• Do you Have A Low Cgpa?
Don’t let your low CGPA deter you. A lot of international students are hesitant in applying because they believe their GPA is too low.
You need to know that GPA is not the only determinant for admission. And then, you’ll soon find out that not all scholarships are equally competitive.
So what you need to do is:
~ Cover your low GPA with other strengths that you have such as publications; and
~ Search and apply for less competitive scholarships.
• You Don’t Have Research Publications?
A research publication is a huge reason for you to be accepted but it is not the only determining factor for admission either.
You should still apply even if you don’t have some publications. Better still, as you are searching for scholarships, start working on a research publication.
It is not as difficult as you fear. To help you, here is our article for Tips On How To Write A Research Proposal For Your Masters And Ph.D.
• You Don’t Receive Replies From Professors?
Don’t give up because you have sent an email to a Professor and gotten no reply. Not receiving a reply doesn’t mean that your profile is bad. All you need to do is:
~ Send some reminders
~ Check out, other Professors. Soon, you will meet one who will value you.
To give you more hints, see our article on How to Reach out to Professors for Scholarship.
• You Don’t Have A Solid CV Or Personal Statement?
Be intentional about drafting a great CV or Personal Statement, please don’t be lazy about it.
You can even get many outstanding templates, you just need to research and choose a good one and insert your content. Then customize it depending on your position.
Our article on Personal Statement for Scholarship will be helpful.
• Are you worried about who will review your CV or Personal Statement?
Be bold enough to ask for help as there are many remarkable people around you and on special platforms like LinkedIn who can help you improve your CV/ Personal Statement.
• You Don’t Have An English Proficiency Certificate?
Don’t be like the numerous students who keep waiting for English scores such as IELTS. While waiting, you waste a lot of time. Just apply!
When a Professor agrees to supervise you, then you can give IELTS test. Also, in some cases, you can instead provide your university certificate so long as it is in English. Our article on English Proficiency Language Certificate will help.
• Are You Scared Of Rejections?
Don’t think about this. In life, there are bound to be some rejections. Keep applying and you’ll get what you are looking for. See here for Fully Funded Scholarships in 2023.