How to Apply for a Scholarship

The past few weeks have been hectic, and continue to be. With assignment deadlines and essay submissions, coupled with other self-imposed commitments have been fairly time consuming. Today, I’m writing a post closer to the deadline of a good scholarship opportunity you may not want to miss, and I’ll attempt my best in giving you a lowdown of how to go about putting together an application.

At this point, I want to thank all of those that have written to me over the course of the last 4-5 weeks, and I hope I’ve answered all of your queries. It can be an incredibly busy time with all the to-do lists and so forth, though I do sincerely hope I have helped those that reached out to me. It was not just heartening but also humbling to see almost twenty-eight of your names in my university email inbox, and I can imagine the time must have been as occupying for you as for me. I reiterate: I understand being an international student entails its own set of challenges, but with all due given to the experience, it teaches you immensely. I was as busy as all of you (and more) last year, with putting out applications and so forth. I’ll now get to the scholarship part of the application.

I subscribe to Scholarship Positions, a newsletter that tells me about possible scholarship options (there are other websites such as masters positions, find a masters and so on) which has incredible resources. It was through this portal that I learned of the University of Plymouth.

Here is the link to apply to the scholarship. Please note this is only for students that classify as international students for fee purposes on postgraduate taught courses only. Also, I am not in any way associated with the portal, but I’m doing this because I’d be delighted to help those that follow my blog regularly with some advice.

You might want to hurry as the deadline is TOMORROW – but do keep in mind a few basics:

1.      Personalise: Staff reading your scholarship request letter are most likely going to be impressed and moved by your personal experiences and how effectively you communicate them. Be precise but personal – as I keep saying, have the element of individuality without consulting standardized sample letters.

2.      Explain WHY you need the scholarship: Explain your financial situation clearly, stating that international exposures are vital for career and personal growth, your passion to pursue a course and how funding would aid your cause.

3.      Simplify: Be extremely concise and avoid using jargons. State things as they are – three things that must come out in a scholarship application are your passion, vision and circumstantial need.

Give it a try. Jump off this cliff (figuratively, of course) and build your wings on the way. All the best.

More scholarships and aid information is available from the university website itself.

More soon,