- A United Kingdom-based scholarship consultant, Collins Ezem, has listed the 13 steps Nigerian students need to secure an international scholarship
- Ezem said interested applicants need to apply for many scholarship opportunities to increase their chances
- In an exclusive chat with Legit.ng, he explained that transcripts, recommendation letters, and standardised test scores are some of the important documents that applicants must have
Legit.ng journalist Adekunle Dada has over 5-year-experience covering basic and tertiary education in Nigeria and worldwide
London, United Kingdom - Award-winning educationist, Collins Ezem, has revealed the several steps involved in securing international scholarships for Nigerian students who are willing to further their studies abroad.
Ezem said applying to multiple scholarships increases interested applicants' chances of success.
In an exclusive chat with Legit.ng, the United Kingdom-based scholarship consultant said persistence is key.
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The 2019 Martina Teacher of the Year listed the following steps:
1. Research scholarships: Identify scholarships available to international students. Explore websites, government programs, and universities offering scholarships.
2. Check eligibility criteria: Ensure you meet the eligibility requirements for each scholarship. This may include academic achievements, language proficiency, and other specific criteria.
3. Prepare required documents: Gather necessary documents such as transcripts, recommendation letters, and standardised test scores. Ensure they meet the specific requirements of each scholarship.
4. Improve your academic profile: Work on enhancing your academic performance. Higher grades and impressive achievements can strengthen your scholarship application.
5. Language proficiency: Many scholarships require English proficiency. Prepare for exams like TOEFL or IELTS and achieve the required scores.
6. Apply early: Be mindful of application deadlines. Submit your applications well in advance to avoid last-minute issues.
7. Write a strong personal statement: Craft a compelling personal statement highlighting your achievements, goals, and why you deserve the scholarship. Tailor it to each application.
8. Secure strong recommendations: Obtain recommendation letters from teachers or professionals who can attest to your abilities and character.
9. Prepare for Interviews: Some scholarships may require interviews. Practice common interview questions and refine your responses.
10. Explore government programs: Investigate if the Nigerian government offers scholarships for studying abroad. Many countries have programs to support students in pursuing international education.
11. Network and seek guidance: Connect with alumni, professionals, scholarship consultants or organisations that may offer guidance or insights into the scholarship application process.
12. Financial planning: Be aware of additional costs, like visa fees and living expenses. Plan your budget accordingly.
13. Stay Informed: Regularly check scholarship websites and stay updated on any changes or new opportunities.
Netherlands invites Nigerians For fully-funded scholarship
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands opened its door to students from the African continent to pursue their Master’s degree for a fully-funded scholarship.
According to the institution, the scholarship is called the Africa Scholarship Programme (ASP). It is targeted at talented and motivated students to support capacity building in Africa.
Austria Invites Nigerians to Apply For Fully-Funded Scholarship
The Institute of Science and Technology Austria(ISTA) is offering Nigerians and other international students a lifetime opportunity to move and study in Europe in 2024.
According to ISTA, the 2024 call for PhD students is open for Bachelor's and Master's degree holders.
Researcher lists 14 Australian universities with scholarships for Nigerians
Legit.ng also reported that a researcher and scholarships consultant, Dr Sylvie Watikum, gave hope to Nigerians who want to study abroad and on scholarship.
"Move in with family": Austria invites Nigerians to apply for fully-funded scholarship, lists criteria
Watikum said there are 14 universities in Australia with no application fees for admissions. According to her, the universities will provide scholarships to international students in 2024.
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