The scholarship process takes
The scholarship process takes time and requires patience, so be consistent when applying for a Masters Scholarships and apply for each scholarship, as well as be encouraged to accept rejection with a big heart and Encourage repeated application. You will face rejection so keep improving your applications and do your best. Also apply for International Priority Scholarships IPS 2024-25 in Indonesia (Fully Funded).
Also, don’t think that your GPA is not enough and you will not be accepted but apply and take your chance. In addition, you can improve your profile through online courses (Coursera provides financial support so you can take free courses), better IELS scores, extracurricular activities and better future goals in SOP.
General Guideline for Masters Scholarships:
- Without passport you cannot apply, as passport is your identity internationally.
- IELTS/TOEFL is required at the time of application for most of the universities in world. Some do accept your English proficiency certificate.
- Bachelor’s Degree Certificate & Transcripts
- Updated CV
- IELTS/TOEFL test score
- Motivation Letter/Statement of Purpose (SOP)/Research Proposal
- Letter of Recommendations
- GRE requirement varies from country to country
Before writing an SOP, make sure you find the right program for which you are going to apply. The SOP should not be general, but should indicate that it was written specifically for this program only. To do this, read the program’s website carefully at least once or twice to find out what they want from the student. An ideal SOP should emphasize your skills, strengths and justify any obvious weaknesses, reflecting your motives behind applying for a particular program.
My suggestion is to start writing SOPs with a single bullet point describing all your abilities and strengths related to the program. Think of the SOP as a virtual interview and imagine that someone is asking you about skills and how you can contribute to their program, then write down the answer you think you would have given. If it were a real interview. Don’t look for other people’s SOPs because those points will be on your mind instead of thinking about what your real abilities are. If you write and adapt your own story, it will definitely make it unique.
To do all that, make sure you have searched the program properly, you know yourself well and it must match your interest as well as your academic background.
Key points for writing SOP:
The one I am writing is not an ideal one but the purpose is defining key points you should consider. And obviously, you can alter them according to your thinking/situation.
- Start with your motivation that why you chose to be an engineer (your undergrad degree) and what led you to do the specific degree precisely.
- Briefly describe your educational background and what you learned during your undergraduate period. I do not recommend writing the names of the subjects as I have studied thermodynamics and are related to the master’s program for which I am applying. They can see it from the copy. Write articles only if you have something special to say outside of this course or something other than just mentioning them. For the Final Year Project (FYP), don’t just write that I did it and that is because you will mention in your CV what you did. What problem did you solve or what were the possibilities, what did you learn and how can you apply that knowledge in your desired study?
- Write about your job, if you have any, and internships you did and tell what you learned there rather than just writing your job responsibilities, which is a part of the CV. Also, write about extracurricular activities and what you learned from them.
- After writing this, connect your past with your future, starting with why you chose this particular MS program. Describe what you expect from this program, how it will help you to overcome your weakness (do not say directly that it is my weakness, etc.) and what skills you gained after this program. (To do so, read their objectives. Results from the program’s website).
- Then further link this MS program with your career goals. Describe your career goals properly and state how this MS program can be a bridge to achieve your career goals.
- Lastly, conclude your SOP with clear objecting which should be in line with all the things you have written.
- Linking everything is very important so make sure there is a flow and linkage between
each line and paragraph.
Make sure you get proofreading from someone as this will help you find out what the reader thinks about the SOP you have written. Try to see if it shows what you want to say.
Note: The SOP represents the duplicate and the other side of the CV. Make sure you do not repeat what is written in the transcript / CV in your SOP. In the SOP, write down what you learned, what skills you developed, how it changed our personality, instead of me doing this and that or writing down my job responsibilities in the CV.