Scholarships have been the pillars in modern day education as the cost in education have risen sky high. The ever changing marketing perspectives of education have set aside the true values in giving education and created a all new commercial enviornment to deal with. Being a student, specialy a student seeking higher education or postgraduate qualifications would find its absolutely difficult to earn and study depending the area of your interest.
In applying for a scholarship, the first thing to do is to create a CV which stands out from the rest. It is true that it needs to be succulent in order for potential agencies to consider, but the way you present your CV will also have a large stake in being successful. In the CV it is vital that you put forward the research interests and already made publications, if any, and make them stand out. Some agencies give much weight to extra curricular activities as well as leadership qualities along with specific consideration to usefulness of the study programme to the individual, the institute that your working for and the country as a whole. Being truthful is an absolute must and always provide evidence in writing your CV.
Armed with a scholastic CV, next thing to do is to determine where do you want to put your effort in pursuing education. Here you need to determine what interests you? relevancy to your current status or the country? interest of the funding agencies? as well as current trends in world education scenarios? This requires research and the internet would be a ideal place in identifying potential areas and areas which attract more scholarship funding.
Once you determine the areas to apply, decide on you liking to study abroad or locally. As with students of most developing countries where the interest would be on studying in a prestige university in a developed country, a student from a already developed country might want to persue his education in a local institute. Based on this decision, the student need to identify the potential sources for funding.
In identifying for potential sources for funding, it is imperative to know if the institute itself would be funding its own students by ways of scholarships. If not, most of these institutes give links to funding sources in their web sites as well as in the information office. Another scholarship source would be the country specific scholarship opportunities as in US Fulbright scholarships and NOMA scholarships in Norway. In order for you to apply, it generally requires you to secure a place in the academic year for that particular programme and therefore you may have to register prior to putting forward the scholarship applications. The country specific scholarships the application would be processed first and thereafter the enrollements will happen.
It’s always a good idea to check with the local embassies for the identified country to seek scholarship opportunities as they would be able to guide you in obtaining one.
Another important factor in securing a scholarship, specially for those who does not use English as their native language is the need to complete a English proficiency exam such as IELTS or TOEFL. Some study courses requires a designated amount of marls and some will opt for a general value. It is always best to know, what you should have in these exams in order to be successful to secure the scholarship.
In some instances it is important that you prove that you return to the homeland following completion of the course. Referees with high status and convincing CV that your intentions are not to migrate will improve your chances of acquiring a scholarship.