"A scholarship can be a very useful tool in reducing some of the financial burden that you may feel on your shoulders. With the rise in the price related to higher education in India, most students have now started seeking scholarships for such degrees. However, choosing the correct scholarship is important and can determine your future.
Here is a look at some of the factors that you should consider when you are looking for a postgraduate scholarship .
1. Eligibility criteria
The first and foremost thing that you need to consider prior to a scholarship application is to check whether you match the list of criteria set by the scholarship provider. For instance, a PG scholarship may only allow applicants if they secure a certain percentage of number in their graduation degrees.
Apart from the criteria of the scholarship provider, you should also look into whether a particular scholarship meets your expectations and needs as well.
2. The courses supported by the scholarship
Not every scholarship will support the course of study that you want to pursue. For instance, a scholarship program may not support fashion designing courses, which may be the education that you want to pursue. In such a case, getting such a scholarship will not be helpful to your cause. So, always ensure that the course you want to pursue is supported by the scholarship you choose.
3. What the scholarship covers
A scholarship can mean a lot of things. For some scholarships, only a part of the course fee is covered through the same, while the rest has to be paid by the family of the student. Other scholarships cover the entire course fee, and the student may only need to pay the rent and lodging for the duration of the stay. Very few scholarships offer full coverage, where the course fee, lodging and food cost are paid by the scholarship plan itself.
4. Honesty and transparency
Make sure that the scholarship you take is dependable and transparent in its dealings. This will ensure that you are not scammed in any sort. Usually, it is best to apply to PG scholarships that are well reputed. Check for people who have won the scholarship in previous years and if possible have a chat with them regarding the efficacy of the scholarship program.
Check the factors listed above and you will most likely find the best postgraduate scholarship in India, without too much of a hassle."
Rajat Kumar has an engineer’s degree and believes that scholarships play a major role in helping one fulfil the dream of studying abroad. He is now a lecturer in one of the top engineering colleges and loves to educate students on the importance of graduation and the factors to consider prior to application to PG scholarship.