"When you’re in school, you look up to your seniors and think someday you’ll be where they are. That feeling never passes since as humans we like to look ahead and when you are almost done with school, a flurry of activity presents itself in the form of applying to colleges and sitting for admission tests.
It’s a gruelling process, but once you get the college, you would want to feel slightly settled and relaxed. Time moves fast, and suddenly you’re on the lookout for a postgraduate degree or even jobs. But the problem with looking for jobs after your undergrads is that the prospects are far less as compared to someone applying for work after getting their post-graduation degree. Most workplaces require a postgraduate degree, and it increases your prospects in the field.
However, there are a number obstacles to cross to get that degree, primarily monetary funding. Most families cannot afford tuition fees and for the same reason will push their wards into getting a job faster hampering their desire to further foray into academics. This is where a scholarship can help you tide over all the difficulties and ensure that you fulfil your academic desires and your job searching becomes a smooth sailing process. Here is a list of things that you need to know about postgraduate scholarships :
1. Check for what you require: Scholarships can be specifically targeted and at the same time can also be a general offer. In either case, it is important that you find out what kind you’re looking for. Scholarships have different criteria for different countries. Check the websites of the universities you want to apply for, the courses you intend to pursue; there are course specific as well as university specific scholarships to choose from.
2. Language tests: A scholarship for postgraduate students in India applying abroad will most definitely require to take a language test to prove their proficiency in the medium of instruction proffered in the institute of their choice. Usually, these language test results are valid for more than a year, but for scholarship applications, it is necessary to include your test scores along with your academic performance and letters of recommendation from your professor or any other significant position holder.
3. Which country you are from: Some countries offer postgraduate scholarships for their citizens who want to apply abroad to other countries or to universities within their own country. These are usually government sanctioned but can also come from individuals and even organizations. No matter where you are from, you could look into your local government bursary offers and apply to a university of your choice.
4. Ethnic group based scholarships: There is also a provision for a scholarship for people from specific ethnic backgrounds. This is so that even if you are severely disadvantaged in some aspects of your life that you had no choice in, you can still pursue your dreams. This helps to broaden the playing field by inducting as many people as possible into studying for their postgrads.
5. Workplace funded scholarships: Now this one is a very useful and important one. If you have been working and wanted to get back into academics and it is something that is similar to the filed you are working in then your workplace might offer you a scholarship to help further your education."
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 how scholarships help in the long run. In this article, he gives information on PG scholarships.