When to Apply To Secure A Scholarship?

Now that you have completed your GRE, the next step is to start applying to the universities which you prefer. Once your application has been accepted you will have to start planning your finances. This is one of the most important aspects, since pursuing a Masters Degree abroad can prove to be a lavish task. Although many students make a common mistake in assuming that both the scholarship and admission deadlines are the same. This is not the case always since the deadlines differ for both. In most cases, it is prudent to apply early for the scholarships.

This is because each university has a different timeline for their scholarship programs. It is a wise idea to do research on the scholarships being offered at the universities you are applying to beforehand. You will thus gain a head start and have higher chances of getting selected for the scholarship. Every scholarship has a different set of criteria which have to be satisfied before being granted the same. For example, certain scholarships require the candidates to have an exemplary academic record while others are offered exclusively to women candidates etc.

However, candidates need not despair in case they don’t have a stellar academic record since there are other factors like your GRE scores, your ethnicity, submission of research papers, etc which also influence the universities while awarding a scholarship.

Some of the things that you could do to improve your chances of being selected for a scholarship are :

  • Ensuring to apply early for the scholarship.
  • To clearly communicate to the admissions committee on why you are a deserving candidate.
  • A well-drafted Curriculum Vitae
  • Letters of Recommendation from your managers and/or Head of Department at your college.
  • TOEFL or IELTS certification

When to Apply To Secure A Scholarship

Most of the universities abroad have similar deadlines for their scholarship programs. It is often dependent on the date of commencement of their academic year. The last dates for fall admissions and winter admissions differ therefore it is better to be well informed on the same to avoid missing out the deadlines.

There are certain factors which also influences your chances of being preferred over other candidates. One such factor would be your capability in leadership or any volunteering activities which you have participated in. Such qualities exhibited by prospective candidates would impress the universities as they believe in increasing the diversity of their campus.

When to Apply To Secure A Scholarship

Finally, it is essential to remember that not all profiles are perfect, there may be areas in which each candidate lacks. Therefore we urge the candidates to read through and understand the requirements each university has for their scholarship programs. Accordingly, you could apply for the program modifying your profile to their prerequisites.

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