How To Win Scholarship


Students can certainly explore prospects of financial aid like tuition waivers and teaching assistantships from foreign universities. This can reduce their costs to a certain extent. While aid may be limited at most institutions, it is not unavailable either for the really deserving candidates. In order to win funding, students need to portray their research oriented merit, rather than just academic competence.


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Unlike Indian centers of excellence, universities in the USA and Europe, look beyond a good GRE/GMAT/SAT score or past scholastic achievements. They look at a candidate’s potential to contribute something new to their area of studies. In other words, foreign schools prefer those who have an innovative and inquisitive mind to explore the area of their studies to emerge as a trend setter. On the other hand, aspirants who run after a degree or the university tag are not as encouraged though for admissions.


Remember, professors there are always on the hunt for a great research-oriented mind! Therefore, correspondence with the professor, prior to your application is of utmost importance. After short-listing target schools, students need to write to respective teachers as to why and how their areas of research interest them, and what they can contribute if selected. At the same time, discuss in detail about your projects and academic successes till date.


So what could be such an ideal thinking scholar? Inter-disciplinary and lateral thinking are considered the two most valuable attributes one can possess to discover a new result by co-relating and inter-relating diverse phenomena across a multitude of platforms.

After sending your application, if you feel that your explanation was not convincing because of your subject knowledge limitations, do not worry. The fact that you intend to logically progress on something you don’t know but can foresee possibilities for co-relating them to arrive at a new conclusion, would reveal your challenging and optimistic mindset. Even Newton had similar views about the falling apple.

Try to show how you have outgrown normal thinking to create projects that were unique and also explain your rationale behind building those. Portray that you are not a crammer, but a lover of resolving knots and bridging new width of knowledge. This would reveal your stamp of innovative excellence.


The global education system perceives that a student with lower grades can perform better than those with higher grades if s/he has genuine interest in the subject. They feel that aptitude brings out passionate thinking which opens up the universe of creative intelligence. This also explains why academic brilliance need not always translate into professional excellence.

The professor, if convinced by your presentation, as a candidate of immense merit for research-oriented academics, may use her/his discretion to grant you substantial financial aid. Over the years, we have observed several candidates receiving substantial financial aid through direct correspondence with professors.

Know your aptitude, use the resources at hand and look for opportunities that will enhance your abilities. This is our advice to all aspiring students.

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