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Fully Funded Masters and PhD DAAD scholarships in Germany_2018

Fully Funded Masters and PhD DAAD scholarships in Germany_2018

DAAD research grants provide young foreign academics and scientists with an opportunity to carry out research and continue their education in Germany. There are funding programmes for various qualification phases and stages in a career. The grants also promote the exchange of experience and networking amongst colleagues.

The aim of this grant programme is to support doctoral projects in Germany.

DAAD research grants provide young foreign academics and scientists with an opportunity to carry out research and continue their education in Germany. There are funding programmes for various qualification phases and stages in a career. The grants also promote the exchange of experience and networking amongst colleagues.

The aim of this grant programme is to support doctoral projects in Germany.

Who can apply?

Excellently-qualified young academics and scientists who have completed a Master’s degree or Diplom, or in exceptional cases a Bachelor’s degree at the latest by the time they begin their grant-supported research.

What can be funded?

Doctoral programmes at a state or state-recognised institution of higher education or a non-university research institute in Germany:

  • individual projects under the supervision of a university teacher or academic adviser
  • participation in a structured doctoral study programme

Duration of the funding

  • a maximum of four years; the length of the grant is decided by a selection committee and depends on the project in question and the applicant’s work schedule.
  • Grants are initially awarded for a maximum of one year. Extensions depend on whether the selection committee considers the previous award period to have been successfully completed.
  • For doctoral projects in Germany that require several years of research, research phases outside Germany can be supported if these are critical for the successful completion of the doctoral degree. Planned stays must be specified in the application in the work and time schedule and should not exceed a quarter of the anticipated total funding period.


  • Depending on academic level, monthly payments of:
    euros 750.- for graduates,
    euros 1,000.- for doctoral candidates
  • Payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance cover
  • Travel allowance, unless these expenses are covered by the home country or another source of funding
  • One-off research allowance

Under certain circumstances, grant holders completing an uninterrupted stay of over 6 months may receive the following additional benefits:

  • monthly rent subsidy
  • monthly allowance for accompanying family members

To enable grant holders to improve their language skills in preparation for their stay in Germany, DAAD offers the following services:

  • Payment of course fees for the online language course “Deutsch-Uni Online (DUO)” ( for six months after receipt of the Scholarship Award Letter
  • if necessary: Language course (2, 4 or 6 months) before the start of the research stay; the DAAD decides whether to fund the grant holder’s participation and for how long depending on language skills and project. If a language course scholarship is granted and the working language at the host institute is German, participation is compulsory.
  • Allowance for a personally chosen German language course during the grant period
  • Reimbursement of the fees for the TestDaF test which has either been taken in the home country after receipt of the Scholarship Award Letter or in Germany before the end of the funding period
  • As an alternative to the TestDaF for scholarship holders who have taken a language course beforehand: the fee for a DSH examination taken during the scholarship period may be reimbursed.


An independent selection committee consisting of specialist scientists reviews applications.
The most important selection criteria:

  • a convincing and well-planned research project or course of continuing education
  • academic achievements

Additional documents that prove academic suitability or provide information about extracurricular activities will also be considered in the assessment.

What requirements must be met?

  • 1st class Master degree
  • As a rule, applicants should not have graduated any longer than six years before the application deadline. If you are already working on a doctoral degree, you should not have started your degree any longer than three years previously.
  • Applicants who have been resident in Germany for longer than 15 months at the application deadline cannot be considered.

For applicants from the fields of human medicine, veterinary medicine and dentistry, other regulations are applicable. Please refer to the leaflet “Additional information on DAAD Research Grants for applicants from medical fields” (

Language skills

  • The required language level depends on the applicant’s study plans and subject: In the arts, social sciences and in law, at least a good knowledge of German is usually expected. For the natural sciences and engineering, proof of good English language skills may also be accepted if English is spoken at the host institute.
  • The application procedure occurs online through the DAAD portal. You are also required to send 1 copy/copies of the “Application summary” (PDF file), which is generated in the DAAD portal after the online application procedure has been completed, and other appendices by post to the application address.
  • Please note that the access to the application portal only appears while the current application period is running. After the application deadline has expired, the portal for this programme is not available until the next application period.
  • The access to the DAAD portal generally opens about 6 weeks before the application deadline at the latest.

Application documents

Certificates, proof of credits, certifications and translations may be scanned in non-certified form and uploaded to the DAAD portal. DAAD’s Head Office in Bonn will only request certified copies of the submitted documents in paper form if a grant is awarded!

1. Documents to be uploaded to the DAAD portal:

  • Online application form
  • Full curriculum vitae in tabular form (max. 3 pages)
  • List of publications (max. 10 pages), if applicable
  • Extensive and detailed description of the research proposal and a description of previous research work (max. 10 pages)

In the case of individual projects supervised by a university teacher (academic adviser)

  • Letter confirming supervision by a university teacher in Germany (academic adviser)
  • Schedule of planned research work

In the case of planned participation in a structured doctoral study programme:

  • Letter of admission to a study programme; this can be subsequently submitted before the grant-supported research begins if it is not available at the time of application.
  • Proof of existing contacts to the coordinator of the doctoral programme in the form of copies of correspondence

Also for all applicants:

  • Diplom or degree certificate indicating final grade(s): the certificate must be subsequently submitted before the grant-supported research begins if it is not available at the time of application.
  • Other documents which support your application (example: certificates of employment, proof of placements, etc.)
  • Copy of school-leaving certificate which entitles holders to study at a university in the home country (with all individual grades)
  • German or English translations of documents submitted in the national language
  • All university certificates on all annual examinations with individual grade(s), incl. explanation of grading system.

2. To be submitted by post:

  • The “Application summary”, which is generated in the portal in PDF format and which can be printed out after the online application procedure is completed; please send 1 copy/copies to the application address.
  • Two recent references from university teachers which provide information about your qualifications (hand-signed, no digital or scanned signature); please enclose the references in envelopes with each copy of your application. Please regard the instructions given on the tab “Submitting an application“.

Application deadline

Application Deadline is October 15th.

Application location

Regional Office New Delhi
German Academic Exchange Service
Regional Office Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka
c/o DLTA Complex, R.K. Khanna Stadium, 1 Africa Avenue
110029 New Delhi
Tel.: +91 (11)/6646-5500
Fax.: +91 (11)/6646-5555

Please send your application to: Ms Anuroopa Dixit

Please note

  • Your application is only valid if you submit all the required documents to the DAAD portal (see Item 1) and by post (see Item 2). The postmark date serves as proof that the application has been dispatched on time.
  • The DAAD portal closes at 24.00 hrs. Central European Time (CET) on the last application day.
  • Late or incomplete applications cannot be considered. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their applications are complete.
  • The application documents remain with the DAAD. Data relating to applicants is saved by the DAAD in accordance with the Federal Data Protection Act insofar as this data is needed to process applications.

General information on the application via DAAD portal

You can access the DAAD portal by clicking “Application portal” at the end of the page. Here you will find an online application form in which you can enter your application data.

This is what you have to do:

1. Register in the DAAD portal (Read notes about registering in the portal >>)

2. Request references (if necessary according to the call for proposals, see “Application procedure”)
The form, which has to be completed by a referee, has to be generated in the DAAD portal in the section “Request reference” after registration and downloaded. Please send the form by e-mail to your referee and ask for the completed reference form to be returned to you in a sealed envelope. In each case, please provide your referee with the application address thus enabling him/her to send the recommendation letter there direct.

Please note that the form for completion by a referee can only be generated during the application period (from about 6 weeks before the application deadline).
Please generate one form for each referee.

3. Applying online in the DAAD portal (Read notes on applying in the portal >>)

  • Download and complete the online application form
  • Prepare application documents
  • If necessary, translate documents (unless they are already in German or English).
  • Scan paper documents (except references) and save in PDF format. Please note that you can only upload PDF files to the portal.
  • Upload the completed application form and the required appendices (except references and any work samples which you might have to submit) to the portal in PDF format. Translations, if applicable, should be uploaded together with the document issued in the original language.
  • Submit the uploaded application documents online.

4. Sending application documents by post
Submit the printed “Application summary” – if necessary with several copies (see “Application procedure/Application documents”) by post. Please do not enclose any other documents that have not been uploaded to the portal with the printed “Application summary” – except the required references (in sealed envelopes) and a work sample if applicable!
Information for applicants from non-EU countries:
Please remember to specify the exact contents of your postal consignment in the documents for the customs authorities, e.g. “Application for a scholarship with application documents, a reference and a DVD with work samples (no commercial goods)”.

Please note:
If you have any technical questions or problems your local information and advice centres could not help you with, please do not hesitate to contact our technical Portal hotline: +49 (0228) 882-888 or via e-mail, open every weekday from 9.00 am to 12.00 pm and from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm (CET).
Please consider this when you are planning your application.

—————Quick Overview————-
Organization DAAD
Fellowship Level Doctoral
Country Germany
Subject areas Social Sciences, Humanities, Law, Natural Sciences, Mathematics
Fellowship amount Varies according to qualifications
Eligibility Open for all nationalities
Deadline October 15th (yearly)

Imp Note: The access to the DAAD portal opens about 6 weeks before the application deadline.

Official Scholarship website:



Dear Students and Research scholars,

We say best of luck to all students and research scholars, those are looking for fully funded Master, PhD or Combine master/PhD scholarships…

Before You send your application anywhere in the world, you need to have a look on these Basic things…

  1. Very Good and nice CV
  2. IELTS or TOEFL Score
  3. Good Statement of Purpose (sop)
  4. Good Research proposal

Among these, you should have good education grades.

Recommended Materials:

For CV preparation:
1. How to Write a CV (Curriculum Vitae) and Cover Letter: An Essential CV Writing Guide
2. How To Write A Resume: The Ultimate Guide That Unravels The Closely Guarded Secrets of Resume Writing (Volume 1

For IELTs preparation

1. The Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS Student’s Book with Answers with DVD-ROM (Cambridge English)
2. The Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS Student’s Book with Answers with DVD-ROM (Cambridge English)
2. Cambridge IELTS 12 Academic Student’s Book with Answers: Authentic Examination Papers (IELTS Practice Tests)
3. IELTS Premier with 8 Practice Tests: Online + Book + CD (Kaplan Test Prep)

Books recommended for TOEFL
1. The Official Guide to the TOEFL Test with DVD-ROM, Fifth Edition
2. Official Guide to the TOEFL Test With CD-ROM, 4th Edition (Official Guide to the Toefl Ibt)
3. Kaplan TOEFL Vocabulary Prep

Books for Better sop writing

1. Hacking Your Statement of Purpose: A Concise Guide to Writing Your SOP
2. Personal Statements & Statements of Purpose: Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid

Research Proposal Books
1. Developing Effective Research Proposals
2. Writing a Proposal for Your Dissertation: Guidelines and Examples

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A Very Important Message for All Pakistani Students, Looking For Graduate Scholarships_2019

A Very Important Message for All Pakistani Students, Looking For Graduate Scholarships_2019

Dear All Pakistani Brothers and Sisters,


The purpose of this message is to Promote Education in Pakistan. We are highly committed to strengthening our Nation and Country with the best possible resources and energy. We are inspired by the vision of very respectable Dr. Waqar Baig, the founder of Scholarship Network. In this regard, we hereby intend to uplift the education of Pakistani Fellows by enlightening them through some basic advice regarding application for scholarships in foreign countries.

  1. Although, there are many fellows studying and pursuing graduate studies in Europe, America and other developed nations, but getting an MS/PhD Scholarship in these countries is getting tougher, day by day.
  2. Most of the Pakistani Applicants are striving for Scholarships in the above-mentioned countries. However, its difficult to find one always, because of huge competition worldwide.
  3. It is observed that Pakistani applicants keep on applying and waiting for these scholarships, and sometimes waste a lot of precious time.
  4. If this is the case for you as well, then this message may be helpful for you.
  5. We advise all the Pakistani applicants to do not limit themselves for higher studies in Top ranked Universities. It’s excellent if one is able to grab an opportunity in top-ranked University, and in a developed country. But don’t be disappointed if this is not the case.
  6. Thus, students should consider applying for other countries and scholarships, normally not in the scene.
  7. China and South Korea are brilliant options in this regards. Both of these countries are investing a huge amount of their budgets to globalize themselves by providing quality education to international students.
  8. Both China and South Korea have Universities that offer Graduate research in almost all fields of Science and Engineering.
  9. The most important tip is here. One should not always limit himself/herself to top ranked Universities in these countries. There are 100s of universities where Professors have vacant spaces and they don’t find enough applicants to host them for Master/Ph.D studies.
  10. Thus, we encourage students to contact Professors in these Universities of China and South Korea.

Following are some important techniques and Links that may be helpful for you.

CLICK HERE to find the list of Universities in South Korea.

CLICK HERE to find the list of Universities in China.

CLICK HERE to learn how to contact a Professor.

CLICK HERE to learn how to write a Statement of Purpose.

We hope that this advice will be very helpful to you in securing scholarships, worldwide and, in China and South Korea.

We appreciate you to SHARE THIS MESSAGE in your University Groups through ourFacebook Page. This will be indeed a great service to Pakistan.

Best Wishes and Regards

Team Mulk.Pk @ Promoting Pakistan

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A scholarship winning Research Proposal Sample_2020

A scholarship winning Research Proposal Sample_2020


 The document Research Proposal Sample for Phd Application has been set up to assist students in preparing the text for their research proposal. It is NOT intended as a document to guide you through your research proposal development but to assist you in setting out the proposal, in terms of text layout, section headings and sub-sections.

The Research Proposal is a complete description of the intended research, developed under the supervision of the assigned supervisor. Through the full proposal, the student needs to demonstrate convincingly that the study will make a contribution to a public health issue or problem. The full research proposal must be between 5 and 10 pages and should present the following:


  1. Title
  2. Brief Introduction
  3. Background and statement of the problem (this in the light of a thorough literature review)
  4. Research question or hypothesis, aim, and objectives
  5. Study design (type of study)
  6. Study population and sampling
  7. Data collection methods and instruments
  8. Data analysis methods – if applicable statistical planning must be fully addressed, or the candidate should provide evidence that statistics are not required.
  9. Mechanisms to assure the quality of the study – e.g. control of bias, safe storage of data
  10. Study period – Timetable for completion of the project
  11. Participants in the study – all people involved in the study, and the role they play, should be identified.*
  12. Ethical considerations
  13. Resources required for the study, including budget if applicable
  14. References
  15. Appendices (copy of the questionnaire, consent forms, etc.)



We have attached more guidelines about the Research Proposal Sample for Ph.D. Application.

We are very thankful to Prof. Khalid Mahmood, Ph.D. (Uni. of Punjab) for providing a guideline to students.


Download Link:

Best Regards

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Textbook & Monograph Writing Scheme for Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan

Textbook & Monograph Writing Scheme for Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan


The Textbook and Monograph Writing Scheme was created by the Higher Education Commission for the specific purpose of developing high quality literature and textbooks to support academic materials in the higher education sector. Through this scheme, HEC facilitates authors to write on a number of subject areas and disciplines relevant to undergraduate and postgraduate studies.


  • To promote academic writing skills.
  • To get intellectual input from writers on national issues.
  • To provide a platform for writers to explore and share their ideas and information.
  • To prepare and establish a solid team of authors at tertiary level.
  • To create a writers forum and arrange its annual meeting.
  • To make available low cost textbooks for students and teachers.
  • To develop monographs that shall provide incisive knowledge in core areas along with special topics.

1. Who can write?

This scheme is open for researchers and faculty members from HEC recognized public, private universities and R&D organizations across the country.

2. What topics can be covered?

Authors can choose from a diverse range of topics (keeping in view the HEC approved curricula) in Basic Sciences, Social Sciences, Management Sciences, Behavioral Sciences, Arts & Humanities, Agriculture, Engineering and Health Sciences. Writers can also choose to work on new and emerging fields such as IT, Robotics and Biotechnology.

3.  How to submit the proposals?

Interested authors who meet the eligibility criteria available on the website may submit theirs proposals (Soft & Hard copy only one) along with the following required documents to the Director Library, Higher Education Commission, H-9, Islamabad:

  • Proposal submission form
  • Bio data form
  •  Outline for Proposal writing (textbook & monograph writing)
  •  Two (2) sample chapters
  • Table of contents
  • C.V
  • Similarity index certificate (generated in Turnitin) that should be less than 19%.

4.  What support does the HEC provide?

a)            Writing remuneration: The author is paid remuneration equivalent to Rs.100,000/- for a textbook(250-350 pages)for the M.A. /M.Sc. and Rs. 80,000/- at bachelor level. A writer aspiring to write a monograph at M.A./ M.Sc. level (150-250 pages) will be paid remuneration of Rs.80,000/ and Rs.70,000/- for monograph prepared for the B.A./B.Sc. students (150-250 pages). In case a monograph or a textbook is written by two or more authors, the remuneration will be distributed equally among them.


b)            Publication of writing: The Higher Education Commission will publish 500 copies of each monograph / textbook.  A hundred (100) copies will be provided to the author free of cost. 300 copies will be distributed as gratis amongst central libraries, departmental libraries of universities and post-graduate colleges of the public sector wherein the concerned subject is taught. The remaining 100 copies will be maintained in HEC for sale on individual demand of institutions, teachers and students that may also be delivered to the universities if needed.

Website Link:


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Fully/Partially funded International Internships in different Countries in the World

International Internships in different Countries in the World
Few things to remember while finding and getting
Always try to go for an internship abroad. As it will make you realize what is happening around the
world and how the students in other countries are studying. Moreover, it will open your mind to search
for opportunities for further studies there. It will open up your mind to work hard to reach up to the
level of foreign students abroad
1) Always google keywords such as “Internships”, “International Internships”, “International students
internship”, “paid internships for international students”, “internship opportunities for international
students”. You will find so many useful results. Just use them
2) Join many scholarship websites, groups and see their postings for internships
3) The internships, I mentioned below are just a few, more you can find by searching as said above
4) Deadlines mentioned below can be changed as some programs are not open yet, but dates have been
mentioned based on previous year’s deadlines. But previous years deadlines can change, so keep on
checking web links yourself
5) If have any confusion, find emails of concerned persons on the desired website and email them and ask.
6) Many internships are lab-based, so sometimes you need to contact professors, researchers there.
When you contact them, contact in a good way. If you need to send email, make a good email and
attach a good CV in PDF form with it.
7) You have to open the links to check if already graduated students can apply or not.
8) You have to open the links to check what year students can apply for it. Such as the first year, the second
year, final year etc.
7) All of the internships mentioned below are mostly fully funded
Now, I am giving a list of few possible internships in few countries. This is just a few. There are a lot on
google. Find the best one for you here or there
Bachelor & Master Degree students, I have made a list of few summer internships around the world. Most of them are fully funded and a few are partially funded. Apply for them now.
I have also given tips in a file on how to apply for internships.
Do check the links of internships in a file that is visible in the picture.
Some Internships are for Ph.D. students as well
** For multiple fields, you have to open and check the fields in the file given below
** Already graduated students can also check the links as some internships also take already graduated students

International Internships around the World


Waqar baig

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How to win fully funded Scholarships in South Korea_2017-18

Scholarship Guideline  for fully funded Scholarships in South Korea

South Korea is one of the countries offering a lot of scholarships in every field.Please read below, with much attention, you will understand every thing..





Dear All,



Let me explain to you that in Korea the easiest way to get admission and scholarship (both fee and living expenses) is first of all, you should search relevant professors of your choice and research interest. Then you should make a good CV according to the interest of those relevant professors and send him/her that CV along with a short email stating your introduction and show your interest that you want to do master/Ph.D under his/her supervision.If a professor shows interest it means almost you have 99% chances that your admission is confirmed. In most of the cases, university provides tuition fee scholarship while professor provide monthly living expenses scholarship. It also means you have to struggle to get these two scholarships. If you get one then the other you have to pay by yourself and it is very expensive for individual.



So, first of all, you should try to find “Faculty” => Professors profiles on the university website. Then what you have to do is:



1. Read all your major professors profiles, research interests and projects. (You can also find the research interests of professors by finding on Google their published research papers)

2. Make your CV research oriented and also easily readable and good looking. (Also according to the professor you choose to apply. Relate your previous work plus final year project with that professor’s research work and show him/her your interest in his work)

*Important Note for Electronics plus Computer majors ( In Korea, professors like if you are good in programming languages and it is good if you have distinction in programming skills and you can show them)

3. Write an email. (Please be short in writing email, as professor has not so much times to read it fully just write main but few sentences)

4. Send your email and CV to as many professors as you can (keep in mind only interested professors may reply you, so don’t be disappointed)

Note: If you are interested in any specific professor and he/she does not reply you and also you think that you are quite fit for work in his lab according to that professor’s previous work then you must contact him/her by” telephone”. Please keep in mind that many professors do not reply, so in that case, you must contact him/her by telephone.





1. Maybe if you face some trouble while opening website then please install “Korean” language tools.

*Always Open the Korean websites in Internet explorer and inatll google toolbar in it and then use that toolbar’s translate button to translate website OR copy and paste text in google translator simply

2. Deadlines and time is very important.

3. Try to get any English proficiency certificate such as IELTS / TOEFL or even TOEIC. It increases chances of scholarships.

4. Once the ball starts rolling (After getting reply from professor) Come up with a project plan or SOP (Statement of purpose, Research plan) that what you are going to research about. Indulge yourself in writing new project proposals if required.






In Korea, two kinds of scholarship



1. University scholarships

University scholarships are few and hard to get , but good than professor scholarship as in this case you will not be depended on money by professor. But when you apply for this scholarship, if you contact the professor before in the way as mentioned above, then you have better chance to get this scholarship. Although university scholarships mostly do not require professors recommendations but if you are successful to get one before applying, then it is good chance for you to get that scholarship



2. Professor scholarship

This solely depends on professor and university does not give you money in this case. These are easy to get but hard to maintain sometimes, because sometimes if professor is not happy with your performance, then he can give you financial problems.


How to Contact a Supervisor


When you are planning for PhD or Masters by research program, two kinds of funding opportunities can be availed. The first option is to apply for a scholarship program which covers everything including your flight ticket, settle-in allowance, books allowance, tuition fee and monthly stipend which is mostly tax free. The scholarships like this are very good but limited in number. Another option is getting funding support from a supervisor/professor, where you need to work on some specific research problem/project under the supervision of professor. At PhD level getting support from a supervisor is most common way to fund studies. Now, the important question is how to find a supervisor and ask him for supporting your studies. In this article, I will talk about the things to be considered while searching and contacting supervisor.


In a successful search for a professor, who is willing to supervise your research, you have to make strong first impression because you may get only one chance for each professor. If you fail to impress or convince him about your abilities in first contact, it’s probable that you can never do that again. Most common and formal way to contact a supervisor is through email. There are some common mistakes which if avoided would result in a splendid communication regarding your motivation.


Finding a Supervisor


To narrow down search, you have to first know what your interest/ambition is. I know it is not easy to know exact topic of research at such an early stage but you should know your area of research. One way is to search some latest survey papers related to your field, just skim through the content, do not expect from yourself to understand everything at this point, look at the author profiles at the end of papers. After doing some literature review, you can see that leading professors in your area of research would be most cited and by this you can point to potential supervisors currently involved in your topic of interest. Another way is to further narrow down your search by universities; where you wish to pursue your degree then visit university’s website and your program’s page. Here you will see couple of professors doing similar research, you must see their latest publications to finalize potential supervisor. Be careful, do not email to more than one professor at the same department simultaneously, because if a professor finds you suitable he will arrange an interview with more than one or two other professors and usually you end up with same professors you emailed, besides one who is interested in you and this raises a question about your commitment or seriousness because you cannot be ambitious about different research interests at the same time.


Once you have selected a professor who can be potential supervisor for your research, please follow the general guidelines on how to contact him.


Know him well


Know your professor’s profile well, try to see his latest publications especially one which interests you and try to quote them in your email just title of paper. Write a formal, short but comprehensive email including information about your research interests, how you found him and your background.


Avoid Casual language


Your email should be very formal without use of any casual language and check twice for your abbreviation which you frequently use with your friends etc. For example writing short for your as ‘ur’, thanks as ‘thnx’, ‘R U fine?’ and others.


Subject of Email


The subject of email is very important as professors are very busy and would not spend time reading all emails in their inbox; subject line is to catch their attention. Write like ‘Interested in Research area _____ with your group’ or similar.


Make specific Query


The professors get hundreds of emails from students asking for funding to support their studies. The most important thing professors want to establish about you is level of ‘seriousness’ and ‘motivation’. Some students write an email with generic content and send to many professors and universities and this is worse way to make contact with a professor. Try to be specific to your own case and refer to things which motivate you to join that particular group. Generic emails would never be read and replied.


Do not ask about weather/health


As a stranger to professor, its better not to ask how is he feeling and how the weather is. For initial contact this kind of questions/wishes are not appreciated. To the point message is better as it saves time of recipient.


Know the Culture


In some cultures you do not call elders by name or first name. For example in Korean culture, writing “Dear Professor” is better than “Dear _Name” as the social hierarchy is vertical. While in west there is no harm in calling Professor’s name as social hierarchy is horizontal. It looks a minor point but I am telling you it reflects a lot if you do it rightly. Do not flatter the recipient beg or plea as it is not considered a good thing.


Be precise


As mentioned earlier, message should be precise and to the point. If you are referring to some of professor’s papers, just mention the title of paper/project. You do not need to go in details of your own work at this stage, just try to connect that with the research interests of professor.


How you find him


Do tell him how you found him. Professors are always keen to know this, as it also indicates how serious were you to join his group and did not try thousand email addresses in a go to try your luck.




Never forget to attach a CV and ideas about your expected area of research. Do not attach all those award certificates and transcripts at this point in time.


Review Email


Check all the grammar, spelling, typos and similar careless mistakes. These would not put good impression about finishing of your work. Conclude your email well, ask him to talk more about your ambitions and do let you know if need more information.



Waqar Baig

Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate

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Some useful Winning International Scholarship Strategies

Some useful Winning International Scholarship Strategies


Some useful Winning International Scholarship Strategies

Tip #1: Look into Scholarships in Any Field of Study and Any Country
Still can’t find a scholarship in your preferred field of study? or a scholarship in the university/country you want to study in? Explore more scholarships by looking into’s lists of scholarships in any field of study and list of scholarships for study in any country.
Although it is always best to start your search by looking for scholarships specially dedicated to your specific field of study or scholarships specifically intended for study in the university/country of your choice, it is also beneficial to look into scholarships in any field of study and any country. This gives you added flexibility and more choices.
It is important to remember though that by “scholarships in any field of study”, we refer to scholarships in any field of study offered by the University/scholarship provider and not literally all fields of study. By “scholarships in any university/country” we basically refer to scholarships that can be conducted in any country or any university in any country as specified by the scholarship provider. You should remember that this categorization is not absolute; you should expect limitations and exceptions in some cases.
IMPORTANT REMINDER: When viewing the scholarship profile, you should always remember to see the section “Fields of Study”. In this section, you will find a list of eligible programmes or a link to a list of eligible programmes under the scholarship. In some cases, the University or scholarship provider will not fund certain fields of study or will not allow study in certain countries while in some instances, the scholarship provider specifies only a set of programmes or countries that can be eligible under the scholarship program. Thus, before you apply, you should always confirm first if the field of study you are interested in or the country you intend to study in, is approved under the scholarship program.

Tip #2: Discover School-Specific Scholarships
As you browse, you will notice that there are a lot of scholarship programs offered by major international organizations and universities. But did you know that there are other numerous scholarships offered by specific schools of a university that are not listed? Read more to find out about school-specific scholarships.
School-specific scholarships are scholarships offered by a particular school under a University. For example, the Institute of Education – a school/college under University of London offers school-specific scholarships such as Centenary Masters Scholarships for International Students.
School-specific scholarships are good scholarships to apply to because they are targeted to your field of study. As well, fewer people know about these scholarships because they are not as easy to find as university-wide scholarships and not as known as popular scholarships. Generally, because of these reasons, there is lesser competition in applying for school-specific scholarships compared to university-wide scholarships and popular scholarships.
Sometimes the official scholarship page of the University lists school-specific scholarships while sometimes the University has their own scholarship database that contains the school-specific scholarships but most often than not, school-specific scholarships are buried in the college/school’s own scholarship page.
NOTE: Start your search of school-specific scholarships by visiting the website of the specific school of a University that offers the course you are interested in. Browse through their ‘scholarship’ page or ‘fees and funding’ page. You could also inquire directly with the school about the scholarships they offer.

Tip #3: Take Note Of Annual Scholarship Programs
If you missed the scholarship deadline or your scholarship application has been rejected the first time, don’t worry, there’s always another chance. This statement is true if you are applying for annual scholarships. You have taken note of scholarships that are offered annually.
Offered yearly, most annual scholarship programs are well-funded scholarships meaning they have enough funds to sustain the program for a long time and they have ample number of scholarship available. Thus, it is wise to take note of annual scholarship programs.
NOTE: Popular scholarship programs such as Fulbright Scholarships, Commonwealth Scholarships, DAAD Scholarships, Erasmus Mundus Scholarships, and Australian Development Scholarships are examples of annual scholarship programs but there are a lot more.

Tip #4: Ask Yourself “Am I Qualified for a Scholarship?”
In applying for scholarships, it is important to realize certain truths about scholarships as well as truths about yourself. Am I really qualified for an international scholarship? Are my qualifications enough? What can I do to improve my chances? These are the questions that will help you try to answer.
The Hard Truth about Scholarships
One important thing you should know about scholarships is that they are not given out just to anyone who asks, requests, or begs for it. They are not given just because you are poor and disadvantaged. They are not given just because you are from a developing country or just because you belong to a minority group. The truth is scholarships are not given out, they are earned. You earn it by demonstrating your potential and establishing your qualifications.
Am I Qualified for an International Scholarship?
Although it is true that your disadvantaged situation initially qualifies you for a scholarship (that’s why there are minority scholarships, scholarships based on financial need, developing country scholarships), you will still have to satisfy other qualifications set by the scholarship provider.
Let’s look at a general overview of typical scholarship qualifications required by scholarship providers.
Minimum Scholarship Qualifications
– You must be from a country which the scholarship provider specifies
– You must be of a certain age as set by the scholarship provider. Note that this is not always the case, there are many scholarships where there is no age requirement.
– You must hold a High School Diploma when applying for a Bachelors; a Bachelor’s Degree when applying for Master’s; and a Master’s Degree when applying for PhD
– You must meet the academic requirements of the programme you are applying to. In most cases, you have to be accepted in the progamme your are applying to before you are considered for a scholarship.
– You must have good knowledge of English language with TOEFL or IELTS scores as proof. In some cases, proof of English as medium of instruction in your university degree would suffice.
Additional Qualifications of Specific Types of Scholarships
– Entrance Scholarships: you have to meet the high school academic average set by the scholarship provider (usually 90% or above)
– Excellence Scholarships: you have to meet the GPA required by the scholarship provider (usually 3.0 or above on a 4.0 rating system)
– Leadership Scholarships: you must demonstrate leadership potential and possess leadership skills and/or experience
– Competition Scholarships: you must win the competition (i.e. essay competition)
– Development Scholarships: you must go back to your home country after your studies
– Youth Scholarships: you have to be young, atleast below 25
Are my Qualifications Enough?
Even if you meet the minimum qualifications of the scholarship, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get a scholarship. Yes, good qualification improve your chances but still, there will be hundreds or thousands of you with the same qualifications applying for the same scholarship. Thus, scholarship providers set up scholarship criteria to filter out the best students who will get the scholarship. Here are some of the scholarship criteria used by scholarship provider:
• The student’s academic excellence and potential in his/her proposed field of study – applicants must be able to demonstrate a connection between their subject of study and their longer-term career objectives.
• The student’s academic performance – as evidenced by grades, test scores, publications, letters of recommendation from his/her previous education.
• The student’s motivation letter (or in some cases, a motivation essay)
• The quality of the scholarship application submitted (completeness, accuracy, consistency).
• In development scholarships in particular, students are assessed based on their potential to contribute to the development of their home country.
• In the case of research students, students are assessed based on the merits and relevance of their proposed research study.
Knowing these criteria, you can find ways to gain advantage over your competitors. For example, if you don’t have very good academic grades, the personal motivation letter is your chance to show how you deserve to get the scholarship. In another example, you can do a little extra research about the current areas of focus of the scholarship provider because sometimes, students are chosen based on their chosen field of study or research – if it aligns with the scholarship provider’s core mission/themes. It is also useful to know the profiles of previous scholarship recipients; it will give you an idea of the kind of student that the scholarship providers are looking for.
A Simple Test
Here’s a simple way to test your chances in getting a scholarship. Answer truthfully: have you met at least the minimum scholarship qualifications outlined above? If yes, then you have a good chance in getting a scholarship. If no, then you would have tougher chances in getting a scholarship; either you find a way to meet the qualifications set by the scholarship provider or find other scholarships that don’t require strict qualifications.
Hopefully, this post helped you to gain new perspective about applying for a scholarship and what it requires from you.

Tip #5: Tap Into Other Scholarship Resources
While we strive to list all relevant scholarships for international developing country students, there are still more scholarships out there that are waiting to be discovered. In order to help you find more scholarships, we listed other relevant scholarship sources on the web today.
Scholarship Portal EU
This massive portal of scholarships lists 1,559 active scholarships in Europe for international students. Using their database, you can search scholarships according to level of study, discipline, and country of origin.

Education USA Financial Updates
The EducationUSA network is supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). Though their financial updates page, they help international students find updated scholarships provided by US Universities and colleges.

Scholarship Search UK
About £250 Million worth of scholarships in UK are found in this comprehensive database which lists all available scholarships offered by UK Universities.

DAAD Scholarship Database
In this database you can find information on various kinds of DAAD funding for foreign students, graduates and postdocs as well as on funding offered by other selected organisations for study in Germany.
JASON: Postgraduate Scholarship Database in Australia
The Joint Academic Scholarship Online Network (JASON) is a postgraduate scholarship search engine developed jointly by a number of universities. Scholarships in the database apply to Australian students wishing to study at home or abroad, and to international students wishing to study in Australia. The subscription service offers students the opportunity to create a personal profile of their funding requirements. This service will automatically alert students, via e-mail, to any new scholarships.

CampusBourses: Grant Search Engine in France
CampusBourses delivers instant information on financial aid by allowing you to perform searches customized to your needs. From the licence (bachelor) to the postdoc levels, CampusBourses contains data on grant and scholarship programs of national and local governments, corporations, foundations, and institutions of higher education.

Scholarships Bourses Canada
This is Canada Government’s official scholarship website where you can find scholarships, bursaries and grants for international students by country of origin.
Tip #6: Improve Your Chances In Winning A Scholarship
Winning a scholarship is not a simple thing to do considering there are a LOT of scholarship seekers and there are only a FEW scholarship awards out there. In numbers, we are talking about millions of students vying for only thousands of available scholarships. How then can you improve your chances in winning a scholarship?
Find scholarships that only few know about
Sometimes, knowledge is key in winning a scholarship. In your months of searching, you must have come across popular worldwide scholarships and flagship scholarships of popular universities. These scholarships are great to apply to but extremely competitive to get. There is one type of scholarships that you might have better chances of winning: school-specific or department-specific scholarships. School-specific scholarships are good scholarships to apply to because they are targeted to your field of study and more importantly, fewer people know about these scholarships because they are not as easy to find as university-wide scholarships and not as known as popular scholarships. Generally, there is lesser competition in applying for these scholarships, thereby increasing your chances.

Apply only for scholarships that are best matched to you
This advice involves finding out which scholarships are best matched to you. In an ideal situation, you would want to apply to a scholarship program that is targeted to your country of origin, whose eligibility requirements matches your qualifications, and if possible, whose priority fields of study are related to your degree/research/experience.
Stand out in your scholarship application
Since scholarship application is quite competitive, your application must stand out above the rest. This means you must not only meet the scholarship criteria set by the scholarship provider but exceed it. The key here is to know the specific criteria set by the scholarship provider and make it work to your advantage. Once you know their criteria, you can find creative ways to to highlight the strengths of your scholarship application.
For example, if you don’t have very good academic grades, you can highlight relevant extra-curricular activities in your personal motivation letter. In another example, you can do a little extra research about the current areas of focus of the scholarship provider because sometimes, students are chosen based on their chosen field of study or research – if it aligns with the scholarship provider’s core mission/themes. It is also useful to know the profiles of previous scholarship recipients; it will give you an idea of the kind of student that the scholarship providers are looking for.