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Tips on Applying for a Scholarship

  1. 1. Tips on Applying for a Scholarship Sayed Chhattan Shah, PhD Senior Researcher Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute South Korea shah@etri.re.kr | etri.re.kr Sayed Chhattan Shah
  2. 2. Tips on applying for a scholarship • There are several ways to get a scholarship. The few that I know are mentioned below:  Foreign Government Scholarships  Pakistan Government Scholarships  University Scholarships  Research Laboratory Scholarships
  3. 3. Foreign Government Scholarships • Governments of several countries around the world offer a wide range of scholarships to international students • Some scholarships are listed below:  Foreign Government Scholarships for Developing Country Students: http://www.scholars4dev.com/1892/government-scholarships-for-developing-countries/  Japanese Government Scholarships: http://www.studyjapan.go.jp/en/toj_stope.html  List of scholarships in Japan: http://www.jasso.go.jp/study_j/scholarships_sfisij_e.html  Korean Government Scholarships: http://www.gks.go.kr/  NIIED Scholarships for BS, MS and PhD students: http://www.niied.go.kr/  University of Science and Technology Scholarships: http://www.ust.ac.kr/index.do?todo=indexEng  KAIST: http://www.kaist.edu/english/  Chevening Scholarships: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/scholarships/chevening/  The Fulbright Program for Foreign Students: http://foreign.fulbrightonline.org/fubrightprogram.html  Microsoft Research Fellowships: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/collaboration/awards/fellowships.aspx  Scholarship Portal: http://www.cra.org  ERCIM Postdoctoral Fellowships: http://fellowship.ercim.eu/  Australian Endeavour Awards: http://www.deewr.gov.au/International/EndeavourAwards/Pages/Home.aspx  Australian Development Scholarships: http://www.ausaid.gov.au/scholar/studyin.cfm  DAAD Scholarships: http://www.daad.org/
  4. 4. Foreign Government Scholarships • How to apply?  Most of the scholarships are offered every year  In order to get updated information, visit related websites regularly and prepare your application and required documents in advance  For some scholarships such as Endeavor awards you have to get admission first and then you can apply for the scholarship  Admission process usually takes 3-4 months for the PhD studies  Plan at least six month before the deadline  In order to apply for admission, some universities may ask you to identify potential advisor and get her approval before submitting an application  Visit homepage of professor related to your research topic  Read recent research papers to get an idea about her research  Get her approval and submit approval letter along with application  To get approval contact professors at least 40-50 days before application deadline  When contacting a professor make sure to include your research plan or at least research interests or research you have done
  5. 5. Pakistan Government Scholarships • Scholarships offered by Government of Pakistan:  Higher Education Commission: http://beta.hec.gov.pk/Pages/HECMain.aspx  Ministry of Science and Technology: http://www.most.gov.pk/  Sindh Government Scholarships: http://www.sindh.gov.pk/dpt/EducationFinal/Scholarships/Scholarships.htm
  6. 6. University Scholarships • Several universities particularly in developed countries offer various scholarships for BS, MS and PhD programs  In order to get information, visit website of university or department, look for admission and scholarships section, read requirements and prepare your application  PhD scholarships:  Some universities may ask you to identify potential advisor and get her approval before submitting an application  Visit homepage of professor related to your research topic  Read recent research papers to get an idea about her research  Get her approval and submit approval letter along with application  To get approval contact professors at least 40-50 days before application deadline  When contacting a professor make sure to include your research plan or at least research interests or research you have done
  7. 7. University Scholarships • List of some universities  South Korea  Seoul National University: http://www.snu.ac.kr/engsnu/  Korea University: http://www.korea.ac.kr/  Hanyang University: http://www.hanyang.ac.kr/english/Campus%20Life/indexF6-1.html  KAIST: http://www.kaist.edu/edu.html  GIST: http://www.gist.ac.kr/english/03_admissions/sub_01.php  USA  University of California international scholarships: http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/paying-for-uc/scholarships/apply/index.html  Georgia Tech: http://www.finaid.gatech.edu/scholarships/  Australia  Melbourne University Scholarship: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/scholarships/ugrad/international  The Australian National University: http://www.anu.edu.au/sas/scholarships/index.php  Swiss  ETH Zurich Scholarships: http://www.rektorat.ethz.ch/students/finance/scholarship/excellence/index_EN
  8. 8. Research Labs / Professors • Research labs and faculties within the university also offer their own scholarships • How to apply?  Search research labs / professors related to your research topic  Find if there are any MS or PhD positions  Read requirements carefully and then prepare your application  If positions are not available  Contact professors and ask them about the research opportunities  Make sure to include your research plan or at least research interests and research you have done  Before contacting a professor, visit his home page and read few recent research papers to get an idea about her research  How to choose a good professor?  Check projects, funding, list of publications, number of citation, alumni, etc.
  9. 9. General Instructions • Prepare following documents in advance  Degrees  Transcripts  GRE or ILETS Score  Research Proposal  Statement of Purpose • Search scholarship opportunities  Read requirements carefully  Prepare your application before the deadline  The admission and scholarship process takes time and effort. It is best to start your application process at least one month before the deadline  Make sure that your application is complete  Proofread your application several times
  10. 10. Advice on Writing Research Proposal • This is one of the most important documents of your application • Take your time to prepare a good research proposal • Your research proposal should address following questions:  What is the problem being addressed?  Why it is important?  In what ways your work is innovative?  What methodology and techniques you will use?
  11. 11. Advice on Writing Research Proposal • Your proposal should include following sections:  Summary  Introduction  Problem Statement  Research Objectives  Literature Review  Research Description  Plan of Work  Expected Results  References
  12. 12. Advice on Writing Research Proposal • For more information, please visit the following links:  Advice on Writing Proposals to the National Science Foundation: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~sfinger/advice/advice.html  Guidelines on writing a research proposal http://www2.hawaii.edu/~matt/proposal.html  I have also attached some research proposals
  13. 13. Advice on Writing Reference Letters • Reference letters play an important role • Choose your referee carefully  Someone who knows you well and has a good reputation • Reference letters should include comments on your academic performance  The reference letters which reveal nothing about you in terms of knowledge and capabilities are useless and would not make any difference. • Ask your referee to send reference letter on time • Good referees are always busy  Ask them at least a month before the deadline
  14. 14. Advice on Writing Reference Letters • For more information, please visit the following links:  Guide for teaching fellows on writing letters of recommendation: http://isites.harvard.edu/fs/html/icb.topic58474/Verba-recs.html  Writing a letter of recommendation: http://www.cs.washington.edu/homes/mernst/advice/write- recommendation.html  Advice to Graduate School Recommendation Letter Writers: http://www.cs.brown.edu/~sk/Memos/Grad-School-Recos/
  15. 15. Recommended Links • Applying to PhD Programs in Computer Science: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~harchol/gradschooltalk.pdf • Tips on Getting into Grad School: http://www.eecs.harvard.edu/~mdw/talks/gradschooltips.pdf • Useful Things to Know About Ph. D. Thesis Research: http://www.eecs.harvard.edu/~htk/thesis.htm • Armando's Paper Writing and Presentations Page: http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/~fox/paper_writing.html#hints • How to Win a Graduate Fellowship: http://chronicle.com/article/How-to-Win-a- Graduate/46782 • Tips for scholarships applicants: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/scholarships/pgrad/scholarship_resources/tips • HOWTO: Get into grad school for science, engineering, math and computer science: http://matt.might.net/articles/how-to-apply-and-get-in-to-graduate-school-in-science- mathematics-engineering-or-computer-science/

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