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    Dorcas Ebuara

    Get the following ready.

    1. Your transcripts(1-4 weeks) the cost varies, depends on degree and institution.

    2. Your results/Certificates (WAEC, NECO, BSc, MSc for Ph.D.) 1-4 weeks. Cost varies with schools and depends on the degree.

    3. Personal/Motivation Statement (1-4 weeks) At no cost, you can approach scholars you know for proofreading.

    4. Research/Project proposal (mostly for Ph.D. programs) (1-4 weeks) at no cost, you can approach scholars for assistance in your field.

    5. 2-3 Letters of recommendation from Professor or senior lecturer in your field (1-4 weeks) cost is free

    6. Notarization of results/Certificates (1-4 weeks): For Chinese universities/scholarships cost is free. cost varies depends on the court you approach in your home country. You may want to inquire.

    7. International passport (1-4 weeks): Do well to inquire and know how much it costs in your home country.

    8. GRE/TOEFL/IELTS: This requirement depends on universities, degree types, countries (US, Canada, Australia, some European universities). Find out the university requirements for your courses. (3-12 weeks) costs vary and depend on centers. Materials are available online for your consumption.

    9. Visit university websites and contact the school department, professors for admission and general information.

    Steps to follow accordingly:


    Getting this from your university is quite easy. Luckily, some schools now make it available online – this means that you can apply for your transcript from the comfort of your home. However, If your school does not offer this, you may want to get someone in the school to help inquire and give you feedback. Alternatively, check the school website for details and contact someone who could help you make payments and process them on your behalf.


    For Nigerian universities, these are even given before NYSC. If you have not got yours, you may want to follow the guidelines above for details. Note that you must be physically present to sign your certificate with your photograph before you could get it. For students in other countries, do well to inquire from your school on the steps to take.

    Though, statements of results may suffice for the application of most scholarships.


    A motivation letter is a document detailing your professional skills and reasons for applying for a course of study, a scholarship, or a volunteer job. It is sometimes called a “statement of purpose”. It is very important NOT COPY OTHERS. You may check online for samples letters.


    A research proposal is a document proposing a research project, generally in the sciences or academia, and generally constitutes a request for sponsorship of that research. Proposals are evaluated on the cost and potential impact of the proposed research and the soundness of the proposed plan for carrying it out.

    You could design some topics from your Bsc or seminar projects by adding or extending their scope. Secondly, you could look for some recent publications especially within the areas of specialization of some of the professors you would like to work with. Most Professors understand you have little knowledge and experience and that is why they are professors and there to mentor and help you. So, go ahead and submit what you have written, but do not copy.

    You may want to check those professors’ homepage for details of their specialization if possible email them, as you stand a great chance if you can exchange conversations with them twice.

    Click on this website to break through and download some papers.


    As explained in 3, you could have a draft yourself and send it to your senior lecturers. However, you should inform them that you’d be applying for many scholarships so that they could give you one recommendation.


    This is required by some countries especially China. It is done in court and you are expected to make photocopies of your transcripts, results, and certificates if available, then go along with the original copies to a court; State, or Federal High Court and get them to stamp the photocopies. Ensure that those photocopies are of high quality.

    Charges vary with courts. Depending on the one you visit.


    This among others is a very important document. All you have to do is visit an immigration office in your country and ask for requirements. It takes about 2hrs to process depends on the center, the number of people applying, and the availability of the material.


    This is required by English-speaking countries to know your level of English proficiency. However, it is fast becoming unnecessary. Even if the website states that you need this certificate, kindly contact the department or international office telling them you are from an English speaking country and your English communication skill is professional. You should also get a letter from your university in that regard and email along with your request for a waiver.

    Countries like China only require that you get a letter from your university that you were taught in the English language. Many European universities are adopting this method recently.

    Note that if you are applying for a scholarship and it is expressly stated that this certification is required, you can approach their center in your country for details. Usually, it is divided into 5-6 chapters; Reading, Speaking, Listening, Writing, and others. The materials are available online or can be purchased from those centers at reasonable prices.

    The exams are online and can be written many times at intervals of few weeks in case you did not get a good score. Kindly approach their centers for details.


    Different scholarships come with different application methods, but with the same document listed above. Some are online, some by posting or combining both.

    You might need to visit several universities and websites to get the scholarship opportunities that suit you. Visit this useful website and our setlinn scholarship page for updates.

    It is very important to have a publication. If you do not have one, make a draft from your past work; Seminar, or BSc/MSc thesis. Get someone to review it for you, or submit it to a journal. I will advise you do not to copy other people’s work.

    Usually, it takes an average of 3 months for a manuscript to get published. However, once you have a drafted copy, if submitted, indicate it as undergoing review and use it to apply for the scholarship, or if not submitted, indicate as to be submitted in small letters and this must be included on your CV as well.

    Sometimes, a video interview may be required even when you do not expect any, that is why you should always be ready by preparing ahead.

    Please, feel free to ask your questions on the forum, help others by answering their questions too as we are here to help each other grow.

  • Things to know/have to start any scholarship application.

    Destiney Arkaden updated 2 years, 9 months ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
  • Destiney Arkaden

    August 25, 2021 at 3:25 pm


    Please read this post.

    Everything here may not necessarily apply to you, but you will have the general information and also make note of what you need.

    There’s is no straightforward process on securing scholarship abroad, you’d have to read here and there, gather the necessary information and documents, then start.

    Be patient with yourself and ask specific questions under each discussion or post where you do not understand something.

  • Destiney Arkaden

    August 25, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    New Members looking for funding opportunities abroad, here is where to start from!

    Feel free to leave your comments or questions in the comment section.

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