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Who would not like a good scholarship? But there are some defined steps to go about it. Nothing guarantees a good scholarship, except you have excellent undergraduate degree and marks, and/or work experience that beats it all. Still, it is always good to give it a shot.
Deadlines vary from institution to institution. However, students in Fall Intake get the best funding and research positions.
Various forms of financial assistance and scholarships are provided by most of the Universities to deserving candidates. Such assistance may be teaching or research assistantships, research funds, university graduate scholarships, external scholarships and bursaries.
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There are various government scholarships that cover full tuition fees. However, one needs to be exceptional to get them owing to the volume of the applicants.
Apart from this, one can look at the scholarship and bursaries page of each shortlisted university to find out scholarship offers, requirement, eligibility and deadlines. Some universities also offer discounts to students depending on their situation such as if their parents are alumni or if their financial condition is very bad.
There are several other university and course specific scholarships available as well.
Australian government provides AUD $200 million worth of scholarships to international students. They are based on your country of origin, merit, and several other factors.
Every university has a different set of scholarships listed on their website for international students coming from different countries. Make sure to check the available scholarships for your course in the universities you’re applying to.
The Canadian Government has launched multiple scholarships for international students to attract the best candidates for masters and PhD programs. These scholarships are given out on merit basis, i.e. your academics and extracurriculars should be excellent. Along with this, they laos try to recognize how much research potential you have. Some scholarships are available to all students going to all universities in various fields, while some are region specific(like Ontario).
There are many university-specific scholarships available as well. The details of these will be available on their websites. The overall grants could start from $2,000 and range upto being fully-funded as well.
Scholarships for international students are offered by some universities, by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, or the French embassy from India. Some universities offer 10,000 EUR scholarships per year to students (30 years or below), and who satisfy criteria of academic excellence. The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs offers scholarships through The Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Program, mainly for students who enroll in Masters (1,181 EUR/month) and PhD courses (1,400 EUR/month).
Most grants are awarded to students below the age of 28. The merit-based grant ranges from 1,800 to 6,102 EUR. At the same time, those eligible for a grant receive exemption or reduction in health coverage.
Some of the scholarships available for international students include:
The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Programme : This is awarded to outstanding professionals from developing countries who want to pursue non-degree graduate study and related practical professional experience in USA for a period of 10 months. This is valid for a large number of fields. It is important for applicants to have a valid TOEFL score.
Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship : The Rotary scholarship is awarded to students who focus on 6 areas: Peace and conflict prevention/resolution, Water and sanitation, Maternal and child health, Basic education and literacy, Economic and community development, and Disease prevention and treatment. $15,000 to $30,000 are granted.Akhtarali H. Tobaccowala Fellowship & The Indian Trust Fellowship: Valid specially for Booth School of Business in Chicago. They offer $25,000 and $10,000 respectively.
S.N. Bose Scholars Student Exchange Program for Indian Students: This scholarship helps provide opportunities to Indian researchers at master’s or higher level. They could be studying in fields of science and technology.
There are several other scholarships available which are college specific or are specific to certain courses.
Ireland has hundreds of scholarships to choose from for international students; however they are given out on a case to case basis by the institution that you are applying for normally. Here are a few popular scholarships:
Of course, there are university and course specific scholarships available on the university websites and portals. Their criteria are different and they are available for graduate, undergraduate as well as PhD students.
And other university funded scholarships are available as well.
The Netherlands government offers some scholarships for Indian students, which are as follows.
The Holland Scholarship: The Holland Scholarship is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science as well as 48 Dutch research universities and universities of applied sciences. This scholarship is meant for international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who want to do their bachelor’s or master’s in Netherlands. The scholarship amounts to € 5,000. Its valid for one year and can be availed only once. You can’t get the scholarship if you have a past degree from The Netherlands.
Orange Tulip Scholarship: The Programme (OTS) gives talented students in India the opportunity to study in the Netherlands. It is offered by higher education institutions, multinationals and government institutions. The value of the scholarship varies and can include 100-25% tuition fee waiver. You can know more about it on the Nuffic website.
Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP): The Orange Knowledge Programme aims to advance the development of the capacity, knowledge and quality of both individuals, and institutions in higher and vocational education.
Grantfinder: All scholarships for Indian students that are specific to the institution or the stream of study can be found on Grantfinder.
While the information about some of the research positions maybe mentioned on the university website, most of the times, you need first look for relevant professors. Once you are done with making a list, write an email to professor seeking research position. You should imagine at least fifty students applying to work with the same professor. How should you be different?
To know more about Assistantships, read the article on All about Assistantships (RA / TA).
So this was a small guide to various scholarships in different countries. Good Luck with hunting the right scholarship for you.
Vinay Mahajan: Please check your facts before posting. The first scholarship itself in 'Scholarships in USA' section is false. They do not provide scholarships to engineering students. It is also stated on their website. Please look into the matter as scholarships are very integral part of MS admissions and this information provided by you is very misleading.
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