Advice on how best to apply for scholarships in Ireland
Before the added expenses of studying abroad makes you want to chuck the whole idea out the window, consider applying for scholarships offered specifically to international students in Ireland. The following review from Bhaskar Mitra, our UCD ambassador, just might be your ticket to success…
Information about scholarships from an Irish university tends to be scarce. But, I’ve noticed over the years that Irish universities have increased the number of scholarships for Indian, Latin American, and many other students from diverse backgrounds who want to pursue higher studies, be it obtaining an undergraduate or post-graduate degree.
There are various scholarship schemes, such as the Excellence and Government of Ireland Scholarships, which are highly competitive and include a full tuition fee waiver and an annual stipend for living. Every university has their own funding, and can help international students pay the Non-EU tuition fees which are likely to be higher than European fees. Additionally, Irish universities charge nearly half the amount in education fees, without compromising the quality of academics in terms of teaching or research. This is a big relief to someone who is used to paying exorbitant fees in countries like the U.S. and Canada.
Take these points into consideration while filling out the online application…
Before you have been nominated for a scholarship:
- Be precise to fill in exact details that the reviewer wants to see and assess
- Make sure you have a competent CV resume
- Have good letters of recommendation from your home universities
- Learn to effectively write a letter to a professor requesting a PhD or Post Doc Position in his or her lab
- Know your skills and mention them
- Be focused and convey clear thoughts to avoid unforeseen misunderstandings
- Practice writing professional resumes so that the reviewer is impressed from the start
- Have a clear reason as to why you need a scholarship
- Explain why they should nominate you
- In your letter of motivation, include what competitive benefits you can bring to the host university
- This should go without saying, but NEVER forge any document or piece of evidence
- Have clear views and a coherent sense of writing so that your application is agreeable to all the members on the scholarship committee
- Submit your application well before the deadline
After you have been nominated for a scholarship:
- Write a formal letter to the scholarship coordinator stating whether you would like to accept the offer or decline it (you may or may not explain your reason)
- If you have accepted the offer, ask for proof of the scholarship in order to apply for your student visa
- Most importantly, have an estimate of your costs for the following year and accordingly plan your expenditures within the scholarship budget
If you have all these points covered and your bags packed, welcome to Ireland!
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