Dedicated Websites

Youโ€™re reading an excerpt of Admitted by Soundarya Balasubramani. Written by an Ivy League graduate from India, this is the proven guide for students worldwide looking to pursue undergraduate or graduate study abroad in the U.S., Canada, or Europe. Purchase for instant access to the guide and other exclusive resourcesโ€”including sample SOPs, sample resumes, scholarship lists, and a private community with other readers.

If you want to go beyond the information you obtained from past students, you can make use of the numerous websites that are dedicated to keeping an updated list of all scholarships.

India Specific

  • MHRD Government of India

  • Buddy4Study

  • Study Guide India

  • Motachashma

International

  • World Bank Scholarships

  • GoGrad

  • IEFA

  • We Make Scholars

All the above details are specified after carefully perusing each website to find out if they have useful and relevant information. But donโ€™t forget that scams are unavoidable on such sites.

โ€‹dangerโ€‹ Before you even think about applying, understand the indicators of scam:* asking you to pay money to apply, asking for personal information (Aadhar, PAN, credit card, passport, etc.), or asking you to not do anything and simply fill in the basic details. If something seems too good to be true, it most definitely is.

While there are dozens of resources out there, the onus is still on you to spend time hand-picking a few of the above (or all of them, if youโ€™re really motivated) and going through each portal, choosing the right filters (host country, major, degree), and combing through each scholarship to see if itโ€™s a fit.

Honestly, we feel that spending some time picking the ones to apply to is a small price to pay for a big prize in return.

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Yes, but before you leave, we thought it might be helpful to create a database of scholarships based on our research as well. We curated a list of 20 general scholarships, and 10 women only scholarships, which can be found in the Scholarships sheet in your Resources folder. Each scholarship has details about the eligibility, award amount, and deadline to apply. Weโ€™ve added the deadline based on 2020 since it was the latest available information, so be sure to check the deadline for your year of application.

However, keep in mind that this is an ever-evolving list.

โ€‹dangerโ€‹ Many of the scholarships I applied to in 2017 are outdated now, and new ones have sprung up since. So while we will periodically update this (once a year), you need to do your due diligence and spend a few hours researching on your own. And hey, if you find something that we missed, please do let us know.

We made this list specifically for you, someone who took the time and money to purchase and read this book. We cannot curb plagiarism altogether, but we hope you will honor our request when we ask you not to share this (and the other resources in the folder) widely.

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Yes. Before you begin your research and applications, we wanted to mention a few more sources of funds to keep in mind that can help you in the future. Apart from scholarships, you can offset your graduate school cost through assistantships and part-time jobs.

Assistantships

Graduate assistantships (GAs) are the ideal path to earn and learn at the same time. You work for a predetermined number of hours every week in exchange for a waiver on some or all of your tuition and a possible monthly stipend. What more, GAs are an attractive addition to your resume, as aptly described on University of Louisianaโ€™s website.*

Graduate assistantships are professional positions. The experience youโ€™ll get looks great on a resume and holding such a position will give you that professional experience that employers (or doctoral programs) are looking for. For masterโ€™s students applying to doctoral programs, an assistantship on your resume is a feather in your cap and demonstrates that you have experience, that your masterโ€™s program recognized you as the best of the best. In many research fields, if you didnโ€™t have an assistantship, those PhD programs youโ€™re applying to may wonder why. And if youโ€™re planning a career in academia, an assistantship is essential for getting the teaching and research lab experience you need.

Graduate assistantships (GA) can come in two forms that are most common: research assistantship and teaching assistantship.

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