Interview with our Advisor: Tips on How to Succeed in Additional Awarding

We have spoken to Michael Rye, Educate the Planet Advisor and a competent expert to discuss the quality of applications from our candidates at the first Awarding. Here are key aspects for our future candidates to focus on to succeed in our additional Awarding campaign.

— What details should applicants specify in their scholarship applications to have them shortlisted and nominated for the Awarding?

— We have received plenty of applications from candidates that failed to succeed due to the lack of required details. They were not eligible to pass over to the Awarding procedure, even when candidates had necessary academic qualifications and motivation to apply for a chosen course/programme.

Here is a list of requirements we recommend our future candidates to specify to get their applications shortlisted and passed over to the Awarding stage:

  • Current level of education;
  • Language of study proficiency (for certain courses);
  • Visa eligibility;
  • Personal Achievements;
  • Motivation to study selected programme/course.

— What documents should be attached to scholarship applications? What documents did candidates miss out in the first Awarding?

— A number of applications in our first Awarding were void, since candidates failed to provide all the required supporting documents, mostly a motivation letter and proof of the current level of education. After candidates complete applications, they are carefully verified by our Student Advisors for initial eligibility criteria, including supporting documents. If any of them are not provided, the application cannot be shortlisted, scored and take part in the Awarding.

The following documents must be attached to the application:

  • Valid passport (or ID);
  • Proof of academic qualifications (e-copies of diplomas and certificates);
  • Proof of English proficiency (if applicable);
  • Proof of address;
  • Statement of purpose;
  • CV;
  • Video and text interview.

— Why do applicants need to provide a motivation letter? What common mistakes do they need to avoid to be eligible for scholarships?

— A motivation letter is a short personalized document which provides information about applicants. They give relevant and compelling insights about our candidates and help them prove they have motivation to get a scholarship for a chosen course or programme.

A motivation letter should be informative, clear-cut and explicit. If you apply for a certain course, in your motivation letter you need to specify qualities, skills and qualifications that are relevant for that particular course.

Here is how applicants can prove themselves in their motivation letters:

  • Set clear goals;
  • Provide compelling insights why a chosen course/programme fits them;
  • Highlight past experiences and qualifications relevant for a chosen course/programme.

— Why should candidates choose two and more programmes/courses to apply?

— Applying for two and more courses/programmes helps candidates get more chances to succeed in the Awarding and win a scholarship. The more applications for chosen courses and programmes they complete, the more chances of being awarded they have. Each application will be reviewed independently.

— Why do applicants need to provide video and text interviews? How can they help in getting scholarships? What aspects should candidates specify in their presentations?

— A video interview is a short self-presentation to specify your motivation for a chosen course. It shows what makes you different from other applicants. By making video interviews, applicants can openly and vividly explain why they need a scholarship and prove their motivation to get it. Applications with video and text interviews come first in the list for Advisors’ voting.

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