Finding a scholarship is easier than many people think. Take a look at our tips for your scholarship application so you know what you should look for in your application to get your study funding soon.
Begin your search as soon as possible
The sooner you start your search, the sooner you can receive support and you can focus on your studies faster. Many foundations have only one term per year. If you did not reach it, then you will have to wait another year to apply for the scholarship.
Creating a profile on European-funding-guide only takes a few minutes. Immediately after registration, the options for scholarships and other financing that match your profile will be displayed. In addition, it is also worth looking for new scholarship opportunities and other funding on a regular basis, because new opportunities will be added and your profile will be changing within the duration of the studies. Please log on to European-funding-guided and stay informed about new scholarships that match your individual profile.
Search for scholarship databases to find matching scholarships
Instead of conducting a complex and time-consuming Internet search, you may want to consult the scholarship databases to find funding opportunities. All scholarships are filtered according to the application requirements, so you save time rather than reviewing a lot of scholarship sites that do not match your profile.
Apply now for scholarships that match your profile
Instead of sending your resume randomly to the most famous and prestigious foundations, you should emphasize certain points of your profile according to the foundation’s compliance. Do not hesitate to send several requests. Because if you succeed, the effort will have been worth it.
The best opportunities to obtain a scholarship come from small and unknown foundations. Some foundations even complain that they do not have enough candidates to exhaust their funding volumes.
Do not miss any deadline
The biggest mistake is to send the request late. In general, you will be excluded from the round of applications. Since many foundations only have one term per year, then you must submit your application again the following year.
Customize your application documents
Very few selection committees value large-scale applications. Therefore, you should absolutely avoid sending the same request to many foundations. The personals of your documents need not be too excessive. In any case, you should identify the appropriate contact person who can justify why you are applying for a grant in that particular foundation and prioritize the reasons that are of particular importance to the foundation. You can find tips to individualize the elements of your request in our “How to advertise” category.
Avoid errors in the request
A request made with carelessness gives a bad first impression. Therefore, read your request and check for errors before sending. Primarily, spelling or typographical errors can cause the impression that receiving the scholarship is not so important to you.
Many foundations also provide a certain order and format for document classification to be followed. So if a foundation specifically requests that all application documents are on A4 paper, you should not attach DIN A5 sheets.
Only send complete application documents
It is also a common mistake to send incomplete application documents when applying for a scholarship. Many foundations reject incomplete applications.
Put your name on Google to make sure the people who are looking for you have a professional impression
Please note that examiners can look up any information about you on the Internet. So, make sure that the privacy settings of your Facebook account are carefully established before you submit your request. Likewise, you should not provide information from yourself on other Internet sites which may become an obstacle to your scholarship application. So, write your full name on Google to find out if your Internet profile really gives a professional impression and you can possibly remove unwanted posts.
Use a nice and professional photo
The first impression always counts. Especially the photo of the application often evokes strong associations for the examiners. It includes a nice and professional photo for your request, even if it is not explicitly required.
Avoid using annoying requests for your request
Many foundations do not send receipts for confirmations. It often takes 3-6 months before you receive a response from the foundation. Many foundations explicitly write on their websites that applicants should refrain from inquiries, please pay close attention to that.