Australia is one of the many destinations for international students wishing to continue their studies, many of whom are interested in obtaining Australian scholarships. In this article, we provide you with some scholarship tips and advice to help with your scholarship application and increase your chances of accepting sponsorship.
Active in various related communities
Although many scholarships for international students are based on academic merit or financial need, keep in mind that some scholarships are awarded for community participation. another is being active in community service or participating in community groups, clubs, and sports teams. Institutions in Australia also sometimes seek out students who are active in their different communities and demonstrate skills & leadership, so make sure you have those skills and mention any relevant activities in your scholarship application letter. Even if you are applying for an academic or financial need scholarship, community participation can enhance your application.
Applying for as many scholarships as possible can increase your chances of being accepted
Australia has a myriad of scholarship opportunities available, so we recommend that you apply for as many as possible. Don't limit your search to educational institutions - scholarships can also be offered by your home campus, the Australian Government, international organizations and government departments in your home country. University scholarships for international students are often awarded by a specific faculty (faculties of technology and science, for example), so be sure to check with your faculty. Many are only available to students entering certain programs who are from certain countries (for example, British students studying Economics or Hong Kong students studying business).
Ask for help with the application
Your scholarship application is very important - often it is the only way to award a scholarship, so it is important that your application is clear and error-free. Unfortunately, a small mistake can result in your application being rejected. Common mistakes relate to spelling and grammar problems, lack of detail, and poor presentation. To prevent mistakes when you apply for a scholarship, ask reliable sources who are fluent in English to review your application, such as friends, parents, or teachers.
Read the scholarship criteria carefully
Before applying for a scholarship, make sure you have submitted all of the requirements. Ensure your application meets deadlines, answers all questions posed in sufficient detail, meets word boundaries, and is accompanied by the necessary supporting documentation. Supporting documents can include a personal statement, offer letter, employment history, references, or proof of English language proficiency. Note that some documents may need to be certified or translated. If you have any questions regarding your application you should ask the scholarship provider prior to application to make sure you have applied correctly.