Ask Anna – Scholarships

By StudyLink

Question: “How do I apply for a scholarship to study overseas?”
Wow, I get this question asked a lot!
While most international students studying overseas are full fee paying students, another option is to apply for a scholarship. Places are very limited and competition is fierce, but if you think you can make the grade and are willing to work for it, then read on…
First thing to remember, to get a scholarship you have to ask for it! The scholarship application process is similar to applying for your course:
1. First you need to filter a large number of choices into a focused list that meets your needs
2. Then you need to create compelling applications that are supported by recommendations, personal statement, achievements and possibly interviews
Sources of scholarships
StudyLink provides study overseas advice but it does not provide scholarships or advice on how to apply to individual providers or awarding bodies. To help you, I’ve put together this useful list of possible sources, but there are plenty more! Just search on Google…

Try your preferred education provider, national government, local businesses, organizations, foundations and religious groups for other sources of funding support.
Tips for applying for a scholarship
1. Start your research early – you will need time to find the right scholarships, complete the applications and meet the requirements. Remember, scholarship deadlines are often a long time before application deadlines so don’t leave it too late!
2. Read the eligibility requirements carefully – if you have questions, ask the scholarship provider to avoid wasting time and effort
3. Organise your scholarship application material – create a file for each applications and file by application deadline. Keep a diary of important dates – deadlines, follow ups and interviews
4. Proof read your applications carefully – get a native speaker of the country you wish to study in to check your application if you can
5. Follow the instructions – just in case you missed that, follow the instructions
6. Write your application in black ink and make sure others can read it – type or print your essays and application if possible
7. Copy everything you send for each application so you have a complete record
Some of the documents you might need to provide

  • Academic transcripts
  • Language test scores like IELTS or TOEFL
  • Your parent’s financial information like tax returns and bank details
  • A personal statement on why you should be considered – for a free personal statement writing guide either sign in to your StudyLink account or register today
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Proof of eligibility
  • An audition, performance or portfolio may also be required if you are applying for an arts or talent based scholarship

Good luck!

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