A greeting for all students who are ending high school or starting university studies is included below. For people who understand the relevance of international experiences on a personal, academic, and professional level and aspire to pursue them. More than money is required to leave the country to study or be trained in anything ambition and preparation are also required.
The Truth about Scholarships to Study Abroad
Scholarships are financial support provided by governments or private organisations to help people take advantage of international possibilities. But why would someone fund our research and studies? Scholarships are currently a type of international collaboration between countries for the purpose of training future leaders who may contribute to national and global development. Countries educate one other on problems that benefit them all, much as they lend money at ‘preferential’ interest rates, make donations, and send armed forces.
The scenarios differ, but in general, there are two types of scholarships:
When you are trained in a foreign country, you can return to our own country and work as a knowledge multiplier.
When a foreign country trains someone to stay and contribute in that country because the native population is not interested in that field of knowledge or because the demand for talent in that field is greater than the present offer.
- 2022-2023 | PhD International Graduate Award in Singapore | A*STAR
- Arturo Falaschi Postdoctoral Fellowships | ICGEB | Italy | India | South Africa | 2022-2023
- The Queensland University Science International Scholarship | Undergraduate / Masters | Australia | 2022-2023
- Leiden University Excellence Scholarship | Masters | Netherlands | 2022
- Australian Museum AMF/AMRI Postgraduate Award | Masters / PhD | Australia | 2022
This indicates that scholarships are awarded not because of the applicant’s need, but rather because of the offer’s desire or to benefit or benefit a friendly nation. This dispels a common misconception regarding scholarships, which is that they are only available to persons with financial difficulties. No. To receive a scholarship, you must demonstrate that you are deserving of it and that you are the best investment (even if you really have money problems).
Pay close attention to the word ‘prove.’ It is not necessary to be a mathematical or philosophical genius or a voracious reader. One must be able to sell oneself properly and really transmit one’s desire to contribute to something larger than oneself. After all, the scholarships are awarded based on the material provided by the applicant (resume, letter of inspiration, notes, and references), which allows them to compare our profile to that of other applicants and make a decision.
How to Develop the Profile to Win Scholarships?
To win a scholarship or sponsorship the information that one provides must be truthful and verifiable. Therefore, instead of inventing one, you must begin to prepare. Think less about the weekend and more about the long term. Draw a plan and develop habits and actions that bring you closer to your goal each day.
In addition to good grades, there are 5 key characteristics that scholarship providers are looking for in candidates:
- Social conscience
A leader because they influence, know how to work as a team, integrate and develop ideas. The social conscience ensures that the ideas that are developed, also benefit those who need it most or the common interest. Worker because good things take time, require effort and patience.
Languages because the world tends to unify and not divide. An example of this is that English is the language in most academic programs with scholarships. And motivation because without it nothing is possible. With this in mind, you can begin to identify and implement actions TODAY to build that profile which in the future, will give you an advantage and help you win a scholarship.
Start participating in research, art or sports groups. Compete in contests at your college or university. Write publications or attend conferences of your interest.
2. Social awareness
Join this type of causes. Be part of volunteering or be a voice for those who need it in your institution, work and neighborhood.
Be proactive. Become a mentor in topics that you like and / or are given. Get a part-time job. And if working for someone else is not your thing, then go ahead and start. But tranquil! You do not have to invest millions, you can start selling something in your house or in your educational institution because those experiences count. Your relationship with your teachers and / or employers and their references will be key when winning a study scholarship abroad.
There is no need to talk about the importance of English in the globalized world of today. To learn the language you can use applications like Dulinguo, free pages on the internet or sign up for courses on weekends. Get together and practice with native speakers in your city. For this you can join communities such as: Couchsurfing, MeetUp, or even host them in your home or provide an experience through AirBnb.
If you can finance a language course abroad, do it. The scholarships to study English are not an option for people without any knowledge of the language (besides that they are very few, almost nonexistent). Study now and change the chip that English “does not enter” or that “is not your thing.” Languages, like everything, are of practice as well as patience and perseverance.
You must show it in a letter addressed to the scholarship providers. It is the most important document because in it you have the opportunity to check and reinforce that you meet the profile (all the previous points). In the motivation letter, you must show the knowledge about the country you want to go to and the program you want to study. In it you communicate that you deserve the scholarship for the achievements and learning that you have obtained and that you are motivated to contribute to the program, the institution, the country and / or society.
How to Find and Win Scholarships?
Following your commitment to developing the profile that scholarship providers seek in the short, medium, and long term, you should:
- Investigate and collect information
- Analyze the alternatives
- Prepare the documentation
- Send the applications
Look for scholarships on the websites of the universities where you are interested in studying. You can also go to the Ministry of Education’s page for the nations where you want to travel. On the other hand, you can look through the Scholarship Section of our website to see what scholarships are already available in the programmes you’re interested in.
Analyze the program’s standards, your profile, what you want, and what you’re willing to accomplish for the scholarship when weighing your alternatives. This is crucial in determining if you will meet the scholarship provider’s requirements within the application deadlines. Once you’ve made your decision, prepare all the documents they’ll need and how they’ll need them (translated, apostilled, physical or scanned, etc.).
The next step is to wait for the good news. If you do not receive the scholarship on your first attempt, learn from your mistakes and prepare for the next one. Keep in mind that new calls are issued on a regular basis.