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How to Apply for a Scholarship to Study Abroad

A request from YK. That should be Yinka?

My friend wanted to apply to study abroad with scholarships. So he needed some guides.

The title of his email was so direct, "How Can I Apply For A Scholarship To Study Abroad?"

But he gave me lots to cover in my response. Anyway, he paid well for that.

He said something that I wanted you to pay attention to too.

As an aspiring international student, I am keen to broaden my horizons and pursue my academic goals in a foreign country. However, I am aware that securing a scholarship can be a competitive and challenging endeavor. Therefore, I am turning to you for assistance, as I believe your knowledge and experience will be invaluable in helping me navigate this complex process.

To save you the full explanation in the email, here are the areas he wanted me to cover.

  1. Finding Scholarships
  2. Eligibility Requirements
  3. Application Process
  4. Deadlines and Timeline
  5. Additional Tips

Here is your response YK. If you need further clarification, contact me again. I will do that for free!

1. Finding Scholarships

There are various resources and platforms available for finding scholarships to study abroad. Some popular websites include scholarship search engines like, and Studyportals.

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Here are some more scholarship websites that can be helpful for international students:

  1. International Scholarships:
  2. Scholarshipportal:
  3. Study in Europe:
  4. EduPass:
  5. International Education Financial Aid (IEFA):
  6. Global Scholarships for International Students:
  7. International Financial Aid and College Scholarship Search:
  9. College Board Scholarship Search:
  10. Fastweb:
  11. Fulbright Scholarships:
  12. Commonwealth Scholarships:
  13. Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Programme:

Additionally, you can explore government-sponsored programs, international organizations, and specific university websites for scholarship opportunities.

2. Eligibility Requirements

Scholarship providers consider a range of factors when assessing eligibility. Common criteria include academic achievements, such as GPA or standardized test scores, extracurricular activities, leadership roles, community service, and demonstrated financial need.

Some scholarships may have specific requirements based on fields of study, nationality, or specific criteria set by the funding organization. In short, the terms and conditions of any scholarship will be made clear in its adverts.

3. Application Process

The application process for scholarships generally involves submitting a completed application form, academic transcripts, letters of recommendation, a personal statement or essay, and sometimes additional documents such as a resume or portfolio.

It is crucial to carefully read and follow the instructions provided by each scholarship program. When writing your personal statement or essay, be sure to highlight your achievements, goals, and how studying abroad will contribute to your academic and personal growth.

4. Deadlines and Timeline

Scholarship deadlines vary depending on the program and institution. It is essential to create a timeline for yourself, ensuring you have enough time to gather all the required documents, write your essays, and meet the application deadlines.

Create a calendar or use a reminder app to help you stay organized and keep track of the different scholarship deadlines. There is a need to continually be checking the right platforms to know when new scholarships are out and when it will end.

5. Additional Tips

To impress scholarship committees, be sure to present yourself as a well-rounded candidate. Showcase your unique qualities, experiences, and achievements that make you stand out from other applicants.

It is also important to build relationships with professors, teachers, mentors, or professionals who can provide strong letters of recommendation. 

Lastly, practice for scholarship interviews by preparing thoughtful answers to potential questions and demonstrating your passion for your field of study and studying abroad.

I hope these insights provide you with a solid foundation for pursuing scholarships to study abroad. Remember to stay proactive, dedicated, and thorough throughout the application process. 

If you have any further questions or need additional guidance, please don't hesitate to reach out. I am here to support you every step of the way.

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