Getting a scholarship to study abroad is possible and much easier than some people think. Follow these 7 tips to get scholarships, and you will see that with patience, planning, and work, you will go a long way.
Most are scared and don’t even start looking for scholarships to study in another country.
There are many people who doubt if they can win a scholarship, and are paralyzed because they do not know how to start.
Others try, they don’t succeed, they try again, and they don’t succeed either, and in the end, they quit.
Applying for scholarships is not complicated, but you have to know exactly what to do. There are no mysteries in winning a scholarship. There are no secrets either. They are actions that you can take now.
To achieve this you will need to activate a series of actions. They won’t come just because you want them to; you will have to defend your candidacy, and work on it. It’s 10% inspiration, but 90% perspiration!
If you never succeed in winning a scholarship, and you do not know the typical mistakes of the vast majority of candidates, follow these 7 tips to win scholarships in 2022!
Getting a Scholarship
If you do not know very well what you want to study, you end up applying to all the calls, without ever convincing the universities to accept your application.
Why? Two reasons. First, because the disinterest is noticeable, and no one is interested in an unmotivated student. Second, you exhaust yourself in preparing so many documents.
Starts as soon as possible
It is not enough to start the search for studies two weeks before and then quickly look for a scholarship that corresponds to the studies. It never works! We have counseled people who lost opportunities in the best universities in the world because they did not think about how long they would need a scholarship. They rush to ask for admission, they think they won’t be accepted, and then they can’t go because they don’t have money to study.
In most calls, you will have to seek admission and scholarship at the same time. In some calls, you must first apply for the scholarship, even before requesting admissions, such as the Chevening scholarship or the Fulbright scholarship. Many will recommend applying only to these scholarships, but of course, these calls offer only a limited number of scholarships, with a maximum of 20 to 40 scholarships per country in the best of cases. So if you want to expand your possibilities, you will have to think about applying for more scholarships.
With an investment of 2 to 4 hours per week, you can calculate about 6 months of preparation to be able to win a scholarship. What to do in these 6 months? Search for scholarships, define your profile, prepare documents.
But all this is difficult! To make it easier for you, in the AVANZA or GENIUS program we accompany you for 9 months so that you succeed with your application.
Look beyond typical scholarships
Google the word ‘scholarships’ and what do you get? As everyone searches online for the same calls, the same scholarships always appear. Are they the scholarships that everyone has looked at, or are they the scholarships with a very close date. Thousands of people later apply to these scholarships.
Either you get calls that were popular years ago, and no longer exist, or the conditions have changed, and you cannot apply.
On the other hand, the not-so-well-known calls for scholarships receive just a couple of applications, or sometimes none. For this reason, we recommend using our app, My Scholarship, to be able to choose between many scholarship options. We set the deadline well in advance, so that you have the information available on time. Currently, there are about 5,500 valid scholarships for all types of studies, language courses, different areas, and level of studies. In a few minutes you will find dozens of opportunities for you.
Apply to various scholarships
Your application to the study program or scholarship can be rejected for many reasons, and sometimes it has nothing to do with you. Some calls have different priorities, or under equal conditions, have given preference to another candidate. You can’t control everything. And much less if you only apply in calls for well-known scholarships.
It is the main reason not to bet everything on 1 scholarship alone. If you apply for 5 scholarships, you do not depend on chance.
Read and understand the objectives of the call
Each call for scholarships, whether national or international, university or foundation, always has a specific objective .
Scholarships are not offered to please students. Governments, foundations, companies and universities that offer scholarships want to obtain a specific result with the scholarship.
Universities usually want to attract the best students.
Many foundations want to support specific projects in their area of action.
Governments want to facilitate access to education, or to develop the country in certain areas.
Very often, students show up without knowing what profile they are looking for ; and they prepare a generic candidacy , without standing out in anything. If the call clearly mentions that the implication for the environment is positively valued, then why not highlight your volunteering with Greenpeace in your application? If a government says to look for civil engineering profiles, why do you apply if your diploma is in philology?
Prove that this scholarship is yours
They explain in the motivation letter why they should accept you, and not someone else. This letter is your only way to explain why you are the best candidate. Do not miss this opportunity.
Do not speak in a generic way in a little personal document: nobody likes to receive any letter. Show your capabilities.
The last tip has to do with another video that I recorded a while ago and that may be useful when you are in this phase: How to show that you are the ideal candidate for the scholarship .
Prepare the documentation now
The standard documents are always the curriculum (or resume), the motivation letter and often the letter of recommendation from a teacher.
Administrative documents always include a copy of the passport or identity card, the diploma, and the transcript. Do not delay in asking for them at the university: they can take weeks to grant these documents.
Many mistakes are made here: they get the wrong CV format, or generic letters are sent, without ever highlighting the key elements of your profile.
They are often prepared at the last minute. If so, we can help you prepare these two documents now.