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Study Abroad Scholarships 2021/2022- How to Get Fully Funded Opportunities

scholarships to study abroad
For a good number of students, studying abroad is the dream. However, as you can already tell, it’s a costly project. From tuition fees to accommodation and other living costs, you will need an ample sum of money to get through foreign universities.
  • Fortunately, there are numerous study abroad scholarships to support you through your period of study.
Before going right into how to get these funding opportunities, let’s have a quick look at some basic information about scholarships. In fact, we are going to see how scholarships differ from grants and students loans, respectively.
A scholarship is the financial assistance  that is given to a student to help them with the costs of studying.
A grant, like a scholarship, is given to help students study. But, grants are need-based. This means that they are given to students from low-income backgrounds that would ordinarily be unable to afford the costs of their studies.
Both scholarships and grants are grant-in-aids. Thus, students that receive them are not required to pay back the money.
A student loan, on the other hand, is financial aid that is given to a student to be paid back at a later time. The money may be paid back with interest.

How to find study abroad scholarships

Study Abroad Scholarships

The internet

The internet is the best place to find almost anything. At least, it is where this post is sitting right now.

That said, if you do a general Google search for “study abroad scholarships”, you will get a wide range of results. Wide enough so you will have to do some filtering to find useful, up-to-date resources. So, we have brought you a list of sources where you can find, fresh, reliable information about scholarships.
Here’s a list of websites to help you get started:

Opportunity Desk

An online platform that publishes learning and growth opportunities for young people. The site is replete with resources on internships, grants, competitions, job and volunteering opportunities  and more.
Scholarships for Development – A list of study abroad scholarships for students from developing countries.

Scholarshipportal.com – is a page on Study Portal Masters website that has over 5,000 listed scholarship opportunities.

Official EU scholarship page – A page on an official European Union website has a list of scholarships available for European universities.

Additionally, there are official study abroad websites of specific countries that have information about scholarships. Here are websites for some countries you should check out:
official info about scholarships in Austria
official info about study in Denmark
official info about funding in Germany
official info about scholarships in Sweden
official info about scholarships in the UK

The official websites of your preferred universities

If there are specific schools you would like to attend, you should go directly to their websites to see what sorts of scholarships they offer, if any. If you don’t find any useful information, you can  go ahead to contact any representative through email or chat, and make your inquiries.

Social media

Be on the lookout for mentions of study abroad scholarships on social media platforms. You can also follow the social media accounts of your favourite universities. Usually, they will may make announcements regarding available financial aid there.
Also, there are groups and pages that are dedicated to migration and scholarships on various social media platforms. Find these groups, and join them so you get notified of new opportunities.
One social media platform where you can get great information about education and study abroad scholarships is LinkedIn. So, if you don’t already have an account, consider signing up.

Using LinkedIn

Once you’re signed up, connect with and follow people that seek similar opportunities as you do.
Profiles
You can find these people by doing a search for “scholarship”, then looking through the results for profiles. You will find people that are recipients of scholarships, study abroad coaches, etc. Some of these will randomly drop links to scholarship opportunities.
Posts
Many LinkedIn users share their journeys and victories and in posts. Hence, it is common to see posts where people mention that they won scholarships to study abroad. Take note of the schools they are being admitted into and/or the bodies funding the scholarships. You can comment, connect. Then, go check out the school or financing body on Google.
Your post

A number of times, I have seen people create posts about the sort of opportunities they seek. With study abroad scholarships are usually one of these. You can do this also.

Groups
Search for “study abroad scholarships” or just “scholarships” on LinkedIn, and look through the options you have for groups in the search results. Find and join more than one credible group from the results.
Your profile
Though I haven’t seen much of these, there are profiles on LinkedIn that states that the user is looking for scholarship opportunities. I don’t know if this would do any good, but I know it won’t do any bad either. So, why not give it a try?

Connect with people that can help

Just chill with the big boys.
Okay, you don’t have to go overboard with this but you should put some effort into connecting with people that are recipients of study abroad scholarships. You can find these people among your friends, classmates, former seniors at school, relatives, etc. Not every one keen on assisting you though. But, people are generally more inclined to help when you show enough enthusiasm.

How to apply for scholarships

When you have found a scholarship, the next thing to do is to start an application. An application process will require you to:
(Note that this steps are just generic, specific applications may differ.)
  1. Register for the scholarship: this which would require you to fill an online application form.
  2. Confirm the registration by email
  3. Submit all other required documents, letters, and essays.

Some documents required for study abroad scholarships

  • Transcript(s) from your previous institution of study/studies.
  • ID, which most commonly is a valid passport
  • Statement of purpose
  • Letter(s) of recommendation
  • CV/resumé
  • A portfolio ( this is mostly for Arts and design students)
  • Proof of income level or nationality, for income-based or region-based scholarships

Tips on completing the application process

  • Do not exceed the word limit for essays and statements you are required to write.
  • Submit only the required documents.
  • Proofread all documents and sections before sending.
  • Whatever you do or don’t, ensure that you never miss a deadline.

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Written by Favour Etinosa

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