As you can see here, from foreign governments alone, there are MANY scholarships available for students like you to go abroad and study in your countries. $200,000,000 to be precise, available each year for students like you to study in more than 65 countries around the world. It is up to you to choose a scholarship that matches your interest and eligibility criteria.
In this blog story, we want to share some important notes that will ensure you never miss out on any of the scholarships we have listed and will save you a lot of time and energy when you start working on an application.
Eligibility criteria and required documents vary for each scholarship. However, in most cases, there is a set of documents that you will always need to submit. Since the application periods are generally short (3-8 weeks), I advise you to start preparing the following documents as soon as possible. Trust me, it will save you a lot of time and stress later on during the application process.
Certificates of your previous education.
For example, if you are applying for an undergraduate scholarship, you will need a high school diploma. Also, you will need to submit these documents officially translated into English, so make sure you have them on time.
Letters of recommendation (labor and academic).
Do not prepare letters of recommendation in advance as the content will depend on the scholarship. However, you should think about who you can order them from. Ideally, this will be someone who knows you well (eg professor, internship supervisor, mentor) and, if possible, someone who knows the government awarding the scholarship.
Letters of recommendation for government grant applications should focus on your skills and the benefits of the grant to you and your community. Start thinking about your references and letter content now and be sure to write down all content ideas as an initial brainstorming.
Language certificate (eg TOEFL, IELTS).
This may seem obvious, but it causes many students to miss scholarship application deadlines. These certificates can be quite time-consuming due to preparation time, infrequent exam dates, and 4-8 week testing periods.
I suggest you get TOEFL or IELTS certificates as soon as possible. You can find many resources for preparing for and scheduling test dates online. The same goes for other language certifications if you are applying for a scholarship from non-native English-speaking countries.
Please note that scholarship programs for non-English speaking countries often cover language training programs prior to your studies, but some knowledge of a language is a huge advantage and will certainly increase your chances.
A motivational letter or Scholarship essay.
For almost all scholarship applications, you will need to demonstrate your motivation for applying for that particular scholarship. Generally, your answer should relate to the goals of that government scholarship program and the value of the scholarship and education to your community.
In addition, you will need to connect these broader motivations with your personal goals, interests, and ambitions. I advise you to start thinking about this and write down your ideas. Later, when the application process opens, you will have saved yourself some time and thought about writing an excellent scholarship motivation essay. You can use HeySuccess’s step-by-step guide to writing a great cover letter.
Curriculum Vitae (resume).
This is also very important, and there are two elements. First, you need to think about the visual and content presentation of your resume. Second, you must also work to increase the value of your resume.
You don’t want to be in the position of submitting a scholarship application and having a reviewer wonder why they should invest in you. You want them to see strong experience and skills and have the confidence that they are making the right decision in awarding you the scholarship.
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