Obtaining a recognised qualification from a foreign institution is a great way to expand your horizons and improve your prospects.
However, many people are dissuaded from this path by the rising costs and fees associated with it. In this article, Hotcourses’ Nigerian editor, Tunde, takes a look at the many and varied scholarships and funding options that available to you if you find yourself in this position.Every year, thousands of students the world over get admission to study for the course of their choice, but for a lot of those students, the struggle to study abroad does not end there. The majority of families – especially Nigerian families – cannot comfortably afford the cost of tuition and living expenses, which are associated with studying abroad. These costs can be pretty daunting, but there are ways in which this burden can be lessened to an extent on the students and their families.
A scholarship is an award of financial aid to a student for educational purposes; scholarships are awarded based on various criteria, usually reflecting the values and purposes of the donor or founder of the award.
Types of Scholarships
Generally, scholarships may be classified as:
Merit-based: These awards are based on a student’s academic, artistic, athletic or other abilities.
Career-specific: These are scholarships awarded by a college or university to students planning to pursue a specific field of study. Often the most generous awards are given to students pursuing careers in high-need areas such as education or nursing, or courses like economics in some developing countries.
Need-based: These awards are based on the student and family’s financial record and are awarded to students who are unable to bear the cost of study and meet certain other criteria
Student-specific: These are scholarships where applicants must initially qualify by gender, race, religion, family and medical history, or many other student-specific factors.
This article will be focusing on scholarships that are available for students from Nigeria to apply for in countries like the USA, the UK, Australia, and other high quality study destinations, from undergraduate level to post graduate and doctoral level.
Scholarships open to Nigerian Students
DFID Shared Scholarships
There are hundreds of scholarships available for students from Nigeria, all that is needed is to search meticulously and apply for as many as possible, you can check the links below for more scholarships which Nigerian students are eligible to apply for.
In searching for scholarships, the two most important things to bear in mind are;
Deadline and the eligibility requirements. There’s no point filling in all the necessary documents and forms for your scholarship application, just for it to be rejected because it’s submitted out of time.
Scholarship applications are most effective when they are for those scholarships which are specifically targeted at a particular group of students (i.e. student specific), in such a case it increases the chances of the applicant if he she meets the eligibility criteria for the award of that scholarship.
Also equally important is finding the right school for you, remember that some schools have subject specific scholarships and bursaries targeted at particular groups of students. So it is highly advisable that your school search and scholarship search should go hand in hand. You can use our course finder to browse through our large database of possible schools and courses.
So good luck in your scholarship search, and don’t forget: to get a scholarship you have to work hard, not only in maintaining good grades, but you also in searching for the available scholarships. The most important thing is to persevere and stay positive – if you do this then you will give yourself the best possible chance of achieving your dream.
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