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  • 1. Ahmed Rasheed PHD STUDENT ( MONASH UNIVERSITY, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA) M.S CIVIL ENGINEERING (UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO, JAPAN)
  • 2. Outline o MEXT Scholarships o Scholarships in Australia o Dealing with Professors o Research CVs
  • 3. MEXT Scholarships o This special program offers non-Japanese students an opportunity to work toward Doctor of Engineering (3 years) or Master of Engineering (2 years) degrees
  • 4. Features o Lectures and research guidance in English o Interdisciplinary program o Admission based on the evaluation of the documents submitted by the applicants (You don't have to take Regular Entrance Examination) o Free basic Japanese language classes for the students and their spouses o Students awarded the MEXT scholarships are exempt from the entrance and tuition fees
  • 5. Benefits o Basic Monthly Stipend ◦ 144,000 yen for Masters ◦ 145,000 yen for Doctorate o There is also additional stipend for designated areas mainly as research stipends ranging from 2000 yen to 3000 yen
  • 6. Scholarships • MEXT Embassy (10 awarded every year) • Deadline: March/April every year • Application: Apply directly to the embassy of Japan in Pakistan • http://www.pk.emb-japan.go.jp/Education/ReserachScholarship.html • MEXT University Recommendation • Various university programs in Japan are allowed to recommend a certain number of students • ADB (Asian Development Bank) • 2 years work experience required
  • 7. • University of Tokyo (Masters and PhD) • Dept. of Civil Engineering • http://www.civil.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp/FSO/prospective_students.html • Online Registration period : 20 September 2013 - 15 November 2013 • Dept. of Urban Engineering (Masters and PhD) • http://www.due.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp/english/admission/ • Deadline: November/December every year • Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (Masters and PhD) • http://www.sustainability.k.u-tokyo.ac.jp • Deadline: November/December every year Scholarships
  • 8. Japan • Hokkaido University (Masters and PhD) • e3 program (English Engineering Education Program) • http://www.eng.hokudai.ac.jp/e3/admission.html • Deadline: November every year Scholarships
  • 9. Scholarships in Australia o Endeavor Awards o International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) o Australian Research Council (ARC) oFaculty Funded Scholarships o Etc
  • 10. Scholarships • Australia • Endeavour Awards • Masters and PhD • https://aei.gov.au/scholarships-and-fellowships/pages/default.aspx • Deadline: June every year • IPRS • International Postgraduate Research Scholarship • Automatically considered for a scholarship once you apply for admission.
  • 11. Scholarships Australia • IWC Scholarships • International Water Centre • http://www.watercentre.org/education/programs/scholarships/iwc- scholarships • Deadline: July/August every year • JASON • Postgraduate Scholarship Database for Australia • http://www.jason.edu.au/ • www.phdseek.com
  • 12. IPRS Funding o The International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) program is funded by the Australian Government, Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR) o The scholarships are available for a period of two years for a Masters by research degree or three years for a Doctorate by research degree o The IPRS program enables international students to undertake a postgraduate research qualification in Australia and gain experience with leading Australian researchers o These are not general but university based scholarships o Benefits: oTuition fees covered oHealth cover costs oExperience is not a requirement
  • 13. Requirements for IPRS o You are normally required to have completed a research project, component, subject, or group of subjects that accounts for at least 25% of one year’s work at Honors level to show research ability o Relevance of Degree for proposed program o Preferably secured position in 80-100% grade level o TOEFL/ IELTS o Research Proposal o Statement of motivation o Recommendation letters o Deadline for this year is 31st May 2014 to receive the result before 31st July 2014 for University of Melbourne
  • 14. General Application Requirements for most Scholarships o CV (preferably research CV) o Study Plan o Transcripts o English Proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS) o Finding a professor
  • 15. Dealing with Professors o A very important step to get scholarships o This can work in any country for securing scholarships or professor’s funding First finalize yourself your interests ◦ Interesting subject/s in your degree in which you are strong ◦ Your final year project ◦ Your semester projects ◦ Specific skills ◦ Programmer (certificates, projects) ◦ Passion to make ideas and conclusions after reading of many research papers of professors whom you applying
  • 16. How to find a professor? ◦ Find a university you are interested to study at (QS-THE world university rankings) or a where you have targetted a scholarship to apply to ◦ Find the list of professors there Now go thorough each professor websites and find the professors whose lab is working more relevant to your interests ◦ How to find relevancy ? ◦ By looking at the lab projects or research ◦ By finding with professor name on google his recent research papers
  • 17. ◦ Choose one professor to contact at one time from your list of professors in the same deparment of same university ◦ Because if you email many professors of same department at same time, then they can get negative impact about your research intentions. Email him with ◦ Research CV ◦ Cover letter (Email)
  • 18. Important Points in these Emails o Subject of Email must illustrate interest and must not be vague o Refer to points and cases that show your motivation to join the group o To summarize, don’t be overly generic o Attach CV and ideas about your expected research area o Don’t be informal in expression
  • 19. Research CV Final year project Semester projects Internship experiences Job experience Skills Education Where is the difference ?
  • 20. Differences o Description of projects (final/semester) ◦ Explaining more like a paragraph by explaining the whole method how you did it,and what are the results you obtained, any improvement or novelty, rather than just mentioning the techniques you used. o Explain internships and job experience fully in a paragraph ◦ Techniques, tools and algorithms you worked on ◦ Results obtained ◦ Did implementation
  • 21. Differences o Relate your written projects/experiences in some way if you can, with professor’s area. o Bring those projects/ experiences above than other in CV o If your relevance with professor research area is strong, then you can even give reference with professor’s work in that specifc paragraph in CV. This will have much impact
  • 22. Documents required for applying Personal Statement/Statement of Intent/Statement of Purpose • A brief description about: • Educational Background • Motivation to pursue a certain course at a certain institution • Professional and research experience and how it relates to your interests • Extra curricular activities
  • 23. Documents required for applying Personal Statement/Statement of Intent/Statement of Purpose • It is one of the most important documents • Market yourself as a product: • Why they should prefer you over all other applicants - “market yourself” • Writing skills~ Never make even a single spelling mistake • NEVER copy and paste a personal statements from the internet~ Catastrophic
  • 24. Documents required for applying Personal Statement/Statement of Intent/Statement of Purpose • Many samples available on the internet • Get it checked and rechecked by various people with good writing skills in English. • Use mostly simple vocabulary~ No need to show off
  • 25. Documents required for applying Research Proposal • Mostly required if you apply for a PhD • Adds value to your application for a master scholarship as well • Does not mean you certainly have to work on your proposal, you can change your topic once you enter the lab. (Proposal writing skills) • A good proposal can increase your chances of getting a scholarship
  • 26. What do you need to get a scholarship? o A really good CGPA o Research background - Publications o Language skills – IELTS/TOEFL o Recommendations letters o Voluntary work o Co-curricular activities o Technical skills
  • 27. Benefits of a scholarship Knowledge gained Access to the international work market Traveling Cultural Exchange
  • 28. Personal Assistance If you have any queries please contact me at my email id: ahmedmirza87@hotmail.com Skype assistance: scholar.guide
  • 29. Summary o Do a lot of research to find out potential scholarships as a huge pool of scholarships is out there o Try to produce some research publications o Just prepare your documents o Adjust them according to the need and type of scholarship but keep the basics intact without changing the scope totally o Pray for success and eventually you will prevail