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Scholarship Application Checklist & Template

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Do you want to study abroad? Are you hoping to secure a significant scholarship or study grant? Studying overseas requires a lot of planning and preparation which can be a complex, time-consuming and expensive undertaking. are overseas education consultants that specialize in providing expert advice throughout the consultation and application process. We help students secure the best scholarships at the highest ranked universities. Book a FREE Consultation with an experienced education & career counsellor to find out what overseas study options are available.

Studying at an overseas university is a dream for many students. However, the costs associated with studying and living abroad means this is unaffordable for many. Every student regardless of their financial circumstances or academic ability hopes to secure a lucrative scholarship. Whilst there are no guarantees of a partial or full scholarship several things can be included in your application to ensure the best chance of success.

Universities are not able to provide every applicant a competitive scholarship. Many overseas universities require students to submit a document detailing the reasons why they merit a scholarship and how they would ‘add value’ to the university. have developed a FREE Scholarship Template which can be downloaded and used when submitting your application. Make sure you invest the necessary time to achieve the best results, speak to an education counsellor for more information!


Before submitting your documents, you should understand the difference between a Scholarship, Student Grant, or similar Bursary scheme. Typically, Scholarships are awarded based on academic merit and provided for the duration of study. A Study Grant {or equivalent} is a discount on your tuition fees applied to your first semester, or first year of study only.

Review “What NOT to Include” before structuring your scholarship application and submitting your documents. Its rare universities allow students to amend documents once formally submitted. Follow the advice on this blog as it could save you thousands in tuition fees.

Tips & Tricks

  • Your Scholarship application should be relevant to a specific university. The same document cannot be sent to multiple universities in several study destinations. Invest the time in your application and use the template provided.
  • Apply early! Prestigious universities 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 formatting and spacing, usually 1.0 – 1.5.
  • When submitting the Scholarship application document ensure an appropriate title is assigned. Save all documents as a PDF document, this 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 a Letters of Recommendation from teachers and / or those working in industry.
  • Focus on a specific area of study. Do not include multiple study interests unless relevant to your course or scholarship. Remember, university is about specializing in a specific area of study.
  • Any future goals outlined in your application should relate to your intended area of study.
  • Be aware of lapse dates to accept your scholarship or study grant. Most scholarships cannot be deferred for future intakes / years.
  • Students should be aware universities {typically} raise their tuition fees by 3-5% per year. Always budget for this prior to accepting your letter of offer.

What NOT to Include

  • Don’t just focus on your academic grades and abilities. Universities place a significant emphasis on soft skills, communication, interpersonal, management, public speaking and negotiation skills.
  • Do not focus on your weaknesses.
  • Do not use an informal tone.
  • Do not refer to yourself in the third person.
  • Do not repeatedly emphasize your financial hardship.
  • Do not include a picture of yourself.
  • Do not include your religious or political affiliations.

I hope you found the information on our page useful. are overseas education consultants that specialize in providing expert advice throughout the consultation and application process. If you would like to study abroad and hope to secure a significant scholarship or study grant Book a FREE Consultation with an experienced education & career counsellor to find out what overseas study options are available. We look forward to helping you start your journey to a brighter future!

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