Scholarship Guide

Applying for scholarships through most institutions/agencies back home can be a tough game. But it is much easier if you directly contact the awarding bodies themselves – your chances will be much higher. You often have to fill some online forms accompanied by some hard copy posts as may be required.

Please read these useful tips below which will guide you towards a successful application. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you need any help. I wish you good luck in your search!

Link-01 DAAD Scholarship, DE: This scholarship body sounds the largest worldwide. It offers over 800 to 1,000 scholarships a year for Postgraduate studies in selected courses at selected German universities. (I am a proud alumnus of DAAD)

Link-02 The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program: Offers postgraduate study opportunities for specific courses at preferred universities around the world.

Link-03 Commonwealth Scholarships, UK: Offers a wide range of scholarship programs at UK universities for developing Commonwealth countries including: Scholarships for Master’s, PhD, or split-site (PhD) study; Shared Scholarships; Distance Learning Scholarships; Academic Fellowships & Professional Fellowships. In some cases however, you need to apply through a nomination institution in your country.

The below listed ones ask you to apply through their embassies. You can try your luck anyway.

Link-04 The Fulbright and Humphrey Programs through the American Embassy in Freetown. Keep your eyes also on the main scholarship pages here: Fullbright Scholar Program and Humphrey Program.

Link-05 The Chevening Scholarship Program. They also offer scholarships for postgraduate studies in the UK.

Useful Tips

It is often not an easy task seeking funding for postgraduate studies in most developing countries where corruption is rife. Most times you may loose confidence in some authorities that you expect to be fair with you and after trying your best without any result, you may want to give up. I quite understand your plight but don’t give up! I have some good news for you here, a renewed hope. The best way to increase your chances is to apply directly to the awarding bodies, they’ll treat you based on merit. I am a testimony. For this reason, I feel obliged to give you some tips for successful funding application.

  • Note very well the closing date for the scholarship application and make sure you apply in time. I mean everything needed for the complete application MUST be sent before application deadline.
  • Check the qualification criteria and make sure you fulfill them before you send in an application.
  • Some scholarships provide funding only for selected subject areas in certain universities of their choice. For some, like the DAAD, you have to apply for funding while applying for the course. For some others, like DfID Shared Commonwealth Scholarship and Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program, you need to have an unconditional acceptance from the university offering the subject before you can apply for funding. In this case, I advice that you start your application process quite in time since two applications are needed here with some time overlap.
  • Check which documents make up the complete application package and make sure you submit them all. DON’T leave out any, whatever is asked for is important. Always make sure that photocopies are notarized by a JP or equivalent authority.
  • PERSONAL STATEMENT/STATEMENT OF PURPOSE, MOTIVATION LETTER, CAREER OBJECTIVE, etc are the final straws that will make or break you. If you do them well, you are sure of 90% chances of being successful. When your academic qualifications are all leveled, theses essays are the ones that will differentiate you and put you in a unique position above others. So write them well and let as many independent people as possible proof read them.

In case you need further guidance or assistance please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time.

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