General Requirements for Scholarship Application


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The process of applying for a scholarship takes time and requires patience. To get an international scholarship, you should be consistent and apply for every scholarship you find. You should also have the courage to accept rejection with a big heart and the commitment to try again. Accept the rejections and continuously improve your applications and to do your best. In this blog we tried to discuss the general requirements for scholarship, when you are going to apply abroad.

Additionally, don’t assume that your GPA is insufficient and that you won’t get accepted. Instead, apply and take a chance. In addition, you can boost your profile with online courses (Coursera offers financial aid so that you can take courses for free), a higher IELTS score, extracurricular activities, and a strong statement of purpose that can help you to secure a placement with a scholarship.

Let’s talk about some general requirements for scholarship while applying. 

General Requirements for Scholarship Application

  • With a passport, you can apply, as the passport is your international identity.
  • Most universities worldwide require IELTS/TOEFL at the time of application. Some do accept your English proficiency certificate. 
  • Bachelor’s Degree 
  • CV 
  • Motivation Letter/Statement of Purpose (SOP)
  • Research Proposal (only a few programs requires for Master Admission)
  • Letter of Recommendations 
  • GRE requirement varies from country to country

English Proficiency Certificate: 

You can obtain this certificate from your university’s admission or departmental offices, and it shows that all of your classes, quizzes, and assignments from your last degree were taught in English.

Because of increasing competition, I recommend every student apply with IELTS so they have a better chance of competing among other candidates. 


Curriculum Vitae, an imporatant docuement from the general requirements of scholarship. Be ensure that your CV is concise and follows an international format. While applying to study in Europe, it’s recommended that you use a European-style (Europass) CV and ensure that it doesn’t exceed two pages. 


 It is acceptable in more countries, and you can prepare yourself at home; most programs require a minimum of 6.5 bands with no less than 6 in each.

Here is the official link to see the details about IELTS and TOEFL

Motivation Letter / Statement of Purpose: 

Motivation Letter is a very important document in your application to show how you are the right candidate for this program by showing your relevancy, interest, and future goals. 

Our detailed blog is about “How to write an effective motivation letter.” 

Research Proposal: 

A research proposal explains what a person or group of researchers plan to do for their research. It provides a clear and brief overview of the aims, methodology, and expected research results. A Master’s Scholarship normally doesn’t require it.

Letter of Recommendation: 

Recommendation letters are essential to the application process and can provide extra insight into your qualifications and aptitude for a certain position or program. These can also help you stand out from other applicants and provide admissions committees with evidence of your character and skills.

Someone with a professional or personal relationship with you wrote the letter, and they might comment on your qualities, accomplishments, and prospects. The letter’s content might vary but often includes information about your work ethic, talents, achievements, and personal traits that make you an excellent fit for the position you’re pursuing.

So, these are the very basic requirements/documents you need to apply for any admission/scholarship program abroad. 

GRE (Graduate Record Exam):

Some top universities, particularly in countries like the USA, Singapore, etc., require the Graduate Record Exam, which is an international test consists of Analytical, Verbal, and Quantitative sections. It is a computer-delivered section. You can find more details at the following link

These are the general requirements for all the competitive scholarships you will apply for abroad. 


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