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Scholarship Application Checklist & Template

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Studying at a foreign university is a dream for many students. However, the costs associated with studying and living overseas means this dream is unaffordable for many. Every student regardless of their financial circumstances or academic ability wants to secure a lucrative scholarship. Whilst there is no guarantee of a partial or full scholarship there are several things you can do to ensure the best chance of success.

But first, you should understand the difference between a Scholarship and Student Grant {or similar schemes}. Typically, scholarships are awarded based on academic merit and provided for the duration of study. A study grant is a discount pricing mechanism and {typically} applied to your first semester, or first year of study only.

Make sure you review “What NOT to Include” before structuring your scholarship application and submitting your documents. The advice shared on this page could save you thousands in tuition fees.

Tips & Tricks

  • Apply early! Top universities will receive hundreds {possibly thousands} of scholarship applications. Individuals who apply late will be rejected immediately.

  • Maintain a professional tone throughout and don’t fluctuate between tenses.

  • Use a font and size that is common at overseas universities {Calibri, Times New Roman or Arial}.

  • Use correct spacing {this is usually 1.0 – 1.5}, download template for example.

  • When sending the Scholarship application document {electronically} ensure an appropriate title is assigned to the document and it is saved and sent as PDF, your document will look more professional.

  • Always read the scholarship application requirements carefully. Attach all relevant documents including; academic transcripts, work experience, academic awards, proof of citations and a resumé.

  • Include letters of recommendation from teachers and / or those working in industry.

  • Students should focus on a specific area of study. Do not include multiple study interests unless relevant to your course or scholarship. Remember, university is about specialising in a specific area of study.

  • Any future goals outlined in your application should relate back to your intended area of study.

  • Don’t just focus on your academic grades and abilities. Universities place significant emphasis on soft skills {communication, interpersonal, management, public speaking and negotiation skills}.

  • Make sure you are aware of lapse dates to accept a scholarship or study grant. Most scholarships cannot be deferred for future intakes / years.

What NOT to Include

  • Do not focus on your weaknesses.

  • Do not use an informal tone.

  • Do not refer to yourself in the third person.

  • Do not repeatedly emphasise your financial hardship.

  • Do not include a picture of yourself.

  • Do not include your religious or political affiliations.

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