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News PaySika • 16 October 2023

Every year, many Cameroonian and African students, in search of quality education and new challenges, apply for a scholarship to study abroad. Although thousands of candidates apply, only a few manage to win the precious sesame.

Contrary to what many young African students think, getting a scholarship to study abroad is not impossible or magical. You just need to have the right information and perfect direction.

If you are wondering how to apply for an online scholarship, this article gives you all the secrets you need to know to get the scholarship that fits your profile and vision.

Choosing a scholarship

In general, all the formalities for applying for scholarships are almost similar.

First, you need to choose the scholarship(s) you want to apply for. On the other hand, at the end, you will only be able to choose one if it happens that you are selected for several scholarships.

Each country or offering organization awards unique scholarships to each other. Your choice will therefore determine how you will send your scholarship application.

However, it is important to avoid malicious sites that ask for some of your personal information. When in doubt, it is sometimes advisable to buy online, practical guides to study abroad. These have the advantage of showing you how to avoid scams. To do this, you will certainly need a virtual PaySika bank card to make your purchase safely.

You can choose a scholarship based on your:

  • Preferred country
  • Field/sector
  • Level of study/curriculum (Bachelor, Master, Doctorate)

In more than 10 of the most prominent countries in education, about 300 scholarships are available and several more are established each year.

  • In France: The best scholarships in France (link to the first article)
  • In Canada: The Best Scholarships in Canada
  • In Belgium: The best scholarships in Belgium
  • In Switzerland: The best scholarships in Switzerland
  • In the USA: The best scholarships in the USA
  • In Turkey: The best scholarships in Turkey
  • Etc.

Consult the scholarship requirements and prepare your application file

Each scholarship has its own objectives and requirements (target, age, level of study, country, etc.). Therefore, you must carefully read all the information requested to avoid wasting energy on a stock exchange that does not match your profile.

Once you have chosen the scholarship that suits you, the second step is to prepare an application for the Scholarship.

Applications are unique from one university scholarship to another. Nevertheless, each institution will ask you to prepare a file according to the information needs required.

For example, most offering universities need to know information about your:

  • Country of origin
  • Level of education
  • Skills
  • Notes
  • Language level
  • Etc.

The purpose of this information is to allow the university to assess your profile in order to evaluate your application.

In general, an application for a scholarship must contain the following documents:

  1. An application for a scholarship
  2. A scholarship application form
  3. A cover letter
  4. Diplomas obtained
  5. A student CV.

Apart from the documents listed above, you may need to readjust some information for more demanding scholarships:

  •  Language tests
  • A proficiency test
  • One or more certificate (s) of internship
  • One or more certificate (s) of work
  • Etc.

Please note: this list is not exhaustive.

Apply for an online scholarship

Once your application is ready, it’s time for the decisive step.

It is quite true, each scholarship has its own procedure to apply. But generally, two (2) ways to send a scholarship application are known:

Send an online scholarship application (via the University’s website)

The first alternative  to apply for an online university scholarship is to send your application on the official website or dedicated platform of the university/organization offering the scholarship.

Here, two other cases arise:

  • Sending the student scholarship application with online registration

This is the most common process. Once you are ready  to apply for an online scholarship, you will need to create an account on the scholarship program website. Next, you will need to provide personal information such as your name, address, and email address.

Here you will also need to upload all the documents required for your application. It is important to ensure that all documents are clearly labeled and organized.

Once you have completed your registration, you will be asked to fill out an online form (online application file) based on the various information mentioned above. Just let yourself be guided, and take the time to always read well before filling.

  • Sending a student scholarship application without online registration

This case does not always arise, but it exists. You should know that it is also possible to send your scholarship application without having to register online.

Thus, you are just asked to fill out an online form accompanied by your application file as attachments.

Note: the error in this sending method is irreversible, as you will not be able to fix it.

Send the scholarship application via email

This is probably the most used way to send scholarship applications.

The file compiled here must be sent via the official email intended for the receipt of the various scholarship applications.

In the subject of the email, you must mention the reference of the Stock Exchange.

Note: do not forget to attach your application and the scholarship application form. In this case, we strongly recommend that you use a professional email that contains your first and last name, as emails that do not include this data are not appreciated.

Also, if you’re worried about online scams, we recommend asking a friend or guidance counselor for help to make sure your application is complete and well-organized before you submit it. You can also buy online courses or guide manuals with your PaySika credit card.

You now have all the cards in your hands…Good luck!

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