What to do while waiting to apply for your preferred scholarship

A scholarship application introduces who you are and what you have achieved so far to the body granting the award. While all scholarship applications are different and are highly competitive, here are some useful tips for you while waiting.


1 Seek for advice and do your own research: when seeking for scholarships it is essential to seek for advice and information from those that are exposed to such. Set some time aside to read through the scholarships website to find out about the range of scholarships on offer and the admission criteria as well as eligibility, ask your parents and teachers to help you with your scholarship choices and preparing your personal statement for your application (where applicable). 

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2) Target a scholarship that match your profile: Take time to reflect on your studies track, so that you can identify the university you would like to enroll yourself and the course that will match the best of your studies profile which includes; your study level (undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate etc…), your study field (current/future)

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3 Preparing your application: this includes planning ahead and keeping the application strong and simple

a)Plan ahead! : don’t leave it until the last minute, as you may need to gather information to support your application.

b)Keep it strong and simple: Keep your application concise, stick to the word limit, and answer questions clearly. Only submit supporting documents where required to back up your statements of accomplishment.

4) prepare your documents: this is non negotiable as this is one of the major pass needed in the application steps. Below are lists of documents that are commonly requested by applicants:

a) Academic transcripts: it is a very important detail for students especially for students applying for Merit / Excellence based-scholarships.

b) A CV (resume): this will contain your personal information, your education and professional history and achievements ; including internships and training as well.You might like to mention as well any additional skills (language, computer skills)

c) Motivation Letter : A short letter in which you present yourself and explain why you wish to be integrated in the program you selected and why you should be selected.

d) Language certificates: If the language of the program you apply to is not your native language you are usually required to obtain a certificate showing your language skills. For English, TOEFL and IELTS are the most widely accepted among scholarships and universities worldwide. Be aware that it takes some time to prepare, take the test and receive the results.

e)Recommendation letter / Reference:
Some request for a recommendation letter (referent teacher / department or school head). It must always include the contact information of the referent. Letters of recommendation are an important part of every scholarship application. Since our professors and academicians are generally busy, it is very important you try to get in touch with them as soon as possible. However, you should carefully read the requirements of the scholarship you would like to apply to. Some of them have very specific rules about the letters of recommendation and do not accept general ones.

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