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Scholarship Application Questions and Answers

Written by Michael Nz. on September 30, 2022

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Q: Is there a scholarship for [nationality]?

A: There are scholarships for most nationalities. The key is just finding them. At pickascholarship.com scholarships are sorted by their eligible countries (below the scholarship deadline panel). Click on a particular target group field to see a list of available scholarships according to your criteria.

Q: How do I apply for a scholarship?

A: The simple answer is to follow the application instructions provided by the scholarship provider/university. Application instructions vary between
scholarship providers, so there is no standard way to apply for a scholarship. Application instructions are usually very clearly described. Follow the step-by-step instructions so you don’t feel overwhelmed by the amount of information presented.

Q: When is the best time to apply for a scholarship?

A: The best time to apply for a scholarship is within the application period set by  the scholarship provider/University. Generally, scholarship applications (as well as  admissions) must be made 6 months to a year before the academic year you  plan to study

Q: Are scholarships offered every year? If I missed the application deadline this year, can I apply next year?
year?

A: Most scholarships are offered annually, but this will always depend on whether the University or scholarship provider has sufficient funds for their scholarship program.

Q: I have searched for scholarships many times, but I have not been able to see the scholarships that are offered to college students. Most scholarships only cover Ph.D. or MS/MA studies. Are there any undergraduate scholarships out there?

A: Although it is true that most of the existing scholarships are for  postgraduate studies, there are international undergraduate scholarships that

Q: Will a scholarship allow me to study at any university in the world or does it require me to study only at a specific location or university?
A: It depends on the type of scholarship. There are scholarships that allow you to study in any country (i.e. Aga Khan Foundation Scholarships, Ford Foundation Scholarships, etc.)* while other scholarships only allow you to study at specific host institutions (e.g. World Bank Scholarships, ADB-JSP scholarships). Most government-sponsored scholarships allow you to study at any university in your country (i.e. Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Programme, Australian Government International Postgraduate Scholarships, etc.).

Q: Do I need to gain admission to my preferred course of study at the university of my choice before applying for a scholarship? Is it possible to get a scholarship when you are not yet admitted to a university?

A: The application process differs from scholarship to scholarship. Most of the time, admission to the University is required before you are allowed to apply for the scholarship. Sometimes the application for admission and the application for the scholarship is submitted at the same time. 
In some cases, your admission application already serves as your scholarship application; you do not need a separate scholarship application. Still, there are some scholarship providers that allow you to apply for the scholarship even without admission to a program/school or while your application for the program is still being processed. Then, the application instructions established by the scholarship provider must be followed.

Q: Sometimes the application form is not on the scholarship provider’s website. How can I easily find the application forms?

A: The application form should always be found on the scholarship website, but there are several reasons why it cannot be found. One reason could be that the scholarship application period has not started yet, so the form is not yet available to view/download. Another reason is that some scholarship websites do not easily display the link to the application form. If this is the case, you should try to visit all the relevant pages of the scholarship website.
Don’t forget to look at the left or right side bars, as the download link may be placed there. When all else fails, contact the scholarship provider and ask for the link to the application form.

Q: Is it possible for me to get a scholarship in the same country I am in and can I choose the course I want to study?

A: Most international scholarships require you to study in any country except your own. If you want to study in your own country, you should try to find national or local scholarships. The freedom to choose a particular course of study. it will depend on the conditions established by the scholarship/university provider.

Q: I have applied for a scholarship and am still waiting for a response from the University. I want to know if it is advisable to call them and find out how my application is working. How will I know if I have won a scholarship?

A: To the extent possible, you should refrain from contacting the University.
regarding the results of your scholarship application. If you are shortlisted or accepted into the scholarship, the scholarship provider/University will surely contact you. Usually, the scholarship provider indicates a specific time period in which the election results will appear. When you have not received a confirmation during this time, it would be safe to assume that you did not receive the scholarship.

Q. What is the full meaning of TOEFL? 

A. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is a standardized test to measure the English language ability of non-native speakers who wish to enroll in English-speaking universities. The test is accepted by many English-speaking academic and professional institutions. TOEFL is one of the two most important English exams in the world, the other being IELTS.

Q: I have not taken the IELTS or TOEFL exams. Does that hinder my chances of getting a scholarship? I am from an English-speaking country (Kenya) and have been taught English since I started school, would a TOEFL be a requirement?

A: Not all universities require you to take the TOEFL or IELTS. A significant number of universities accept an English certificate as a means of instruction in lieu of an English exam. When absolutely required by the University, you must take the TOEFL or other English proficiency tests, regardless of whether you were taught English during your university studies or not.

Q: How do you write the scholarship essay?
Did the scholarship provider provide any format?

A. If they did, you should follow that. If they have not specified a specific format, you can follow this simple outline when making your application/letter of motivation: (1) Background / Key Qualifications, (2) Intentions to study, (3) Course expectations, and (4) your plans during and after the study. When writing the letter, you should not only tell them why you need the scholarship, but more importantly, you should clearly explain why you deserve to get it. clearly explain why you deserve to get the scholarship.

Q: The age issue is not mentioned in most of the scholarships I have come across. Isn’t age a criterion?
Q: Is there an age limit to getting a scholarship abroad?

A: Some scholarships have an age limit and others do not. If the scholarship provider did not state an age limit as part of their eligibility requirements, then it is safe to assume that there is no age limit. Where there is an age limit, scholarship providers set different age limits for different levels of study (i.e. Masters, Ph.D. postdoctoral fellowships).

Q: Is there a way to waive the application fee? I can’t pay for it.
Is the TOEFL exam supported by the scholarship?

A: You should be prepared to use your own funds for the application fee because most scholarship providers do not bear this cost*. Most of the time, the cost of preparing the application requirements, including the TOEFL test, is not covered by a scholarship. If you really want to get a scholarship, you should try to save on the cost of the TOEFL or the application fee.

Feel free to ask your questions about any local and international scholarship in the world and get an immediate response!

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