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Saturday, March 25, 2006

Research Fellowship Program for Young Muslim Scholars in Southeast, Asia

Closing date of application is 30 November 2006

Research Fellowship Program for Young Muslim Scholars in Southeast Asia. Islam in Southeast Asia: Views from Within The Asian Muslim Action Network (AMAN) and the Asian Resource Foundation, with the support of the Rockefeller Foundation, are pleased to announce the fifth round of the Research Fellowship Program for Young Muslim scholars in Southeast Asia.

Themes of this round are:
- Popular Islam
- Globalization and Identity Politics
- Islam and Changing Gender Reality
- Islamic Values, Economic Activities and Social



Responsibilities

Candidate must be from Southeast Asian countries like Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines etc and women are strongly encouraged to apply. Proposals in the field of Islamic values, economic activities and social responsibilities will be given priority for this round. If you are interested in applying, please send us a research proposal (problem statement, objective, methodology, expected impacts) and an application form. The fellowship program is supported by the Rockefeller Foundation.

For more information please see: http://www.arf-asia.org/isea.php

Dwi Rubiyanti Kholifah
Program Coordinator of Research Fellowship
Asian Muslim Action Network (AMAN)
House 1562/113. Soi 1/1
Mooban Pibul, Pracharaj Road, Bangkok 10800, Thailand
Tlp. 66-2-9130196, Fax. 66-2-9130197
Email: aman@arf-asia.org
Website:www.arf-asia.org/aman


Sunday, March 19, 2006

[UK] Doctoral Studentship in Medical Image Analysis - University of Oxford

Closing date: 31st March 2006

Funding has been secured to support the doctoral studies, for three years, for a suitably qualified graduate to work on a project to develop basic science and engineering for Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging, an emerging medical imaging modality providing functional information about biochemical activity of tissue, particularly cancer. The successful applicant will have a first class honours degree in a relevant subject (eg engineering, mathematics, computer science, physics, chemistry or biochemistry) together with evidence of strength in mathematics and in computation. Evidence of having completed an independent project successfully, during undergraduate studies or other work experience, and the ability to work effectively as part of a team are desirable.

Candidates are expected to meet the criteria for Graduate Admissions:
Criteria for Graduate Admissions

The starting bursary will be £12,000 in Year 1, rising to £12,600 in Year 3.

Further particulars may be obtained from

Mr C J Scotcher,
The Senior Administrator,
University of Oxford,
Department of Engineering Science,
Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PJ;

to whom written applications should be made enclosing a curriculum vitae and the names and addresses of two referees.

Please quote *DF06011* in all correspondence.

The closing date for applications is 31st March 2006

[UK] Jardine Full Scholarships at Oxford and Cambridge Universities

If you think Cambridge or Oxford is too costly for you, think again!

The Jardine Foundation Scholarship offers full scholarships for a period of up to three years or such longer period as the Scholarship Committee may decide and are tenable for first degree courses at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, which are : a) Oxford – Exeter, Oriel, Queen’s and Trinity b) Cambridge – Downing, Magdalene and Trinity

You can apply for any courses (except Clinical Medicine) provided that you apply to the selected Colleges. The scholarship provides for the full University fees, College fees and maintenance fees (roughly 7000 quid for 2005-2006), as well as an economy class plane ticket at the start and end of your course.


ABOUT JARDINE FOUNDATION

Who are we?

The Jardine Foundation is an educational foundation established in Hong Kong in 1982 to mark the 150th Anniversary of the Jardine Matheson Group.

The Foundation in its discretion awards Jardine Scholarships annually to students to enable them to attend educational establishments outside Hong Kong, primarily selected Colleges at Oxford and Cambridge Universities in the United Kingdom.

What we aim for?

The Jardine Foundation aims to assist scholars who have the potential to become outstanding citizens with a high commitment to the community. Consequently, the selection of candidates is based on a number of criteria, which include academic achievement, leadership qualities, and involvement in non-curricular activities and community affairs.

Since 1982, 100 scholars have been granted awards to enable them to study in selected Colleges at Oxford and Cambridge Universities in the United Kingdom. Scholars have come from a number of countries in which the Jardine Matheson Group operates, including Hong Kong, Mainland China, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Japan

TENURE AND CONDITION

The Scholarships are for a period of up to three years or such longer period as the Scholarship Committee may decide and are tenable for first degree courses at Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

Preference will be given to undergraduate courses in the following Colleges at :



  1. Oxford University :




  2. Cambridge University :


The award of a Scholarship is conditional upon the candidate being selected for and taking up a place at one of the above preferred Colleges or Universities. Since the Colleges or Universities make their own choice in admitting students, there is no guarantee of a place. The award of a Scholarship will not be confirmed by the Scholarship Committee until the candidate has been accepted by one of the preferred Colleges or Universities.

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must be under 25 years of age at the date of entry to any one of our preferred Colleges or Universities, which include Exeter, Oriel, Queen`s and Trinity at Oxford, and Downing, Magdalene and Trinity at Cambridge, and must:


  • have reached an academic standard to qualify for entry to any one of such Colleges or Universities;


    • (i) be resident in Hong Kong or, in the opinion of the Trustees, have sufficient connection with Hong Kong to be properly regarded as Hong Kong applicants; or


    • (ii) be resident in any of the countries in which Jardine Matheson Holdings Limited or its subsidiaries operate or have significant business interests, which primarily include Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. For applications from Singapore, male applicants must complete or be exempted from National Service;

      N.B. Generally, applications will not be accepted from candidates whose parents have not resided in Hong Kong or other such relevant country for at least seven years prior to the proposed date of entry to University,





  • be in a satisfactory state of health.


Note : Application for a study programme leading to a second first degree or a study programme currently being pursued will not be considered. Applicants who have already been awarded other fully-covered scholarships to study overseas at the time of application will also not be considered.

BASIS OF SELECTION

In making awards, the Scholarship Committee will take into account of not only academic achievement but also :


  1. personal qualities and character with particular regard to the extent to which the applicant has demonstrated exceptional qualities of leadership and fellowship;


  2. achievements in non-curricular activities including sports;


  3. community involvement and activities; and


  4. other attributes which, in the opinion of the Scholarship Committee, indicate that the applicants is likely to become an outstanding citizen with a high commitment to the performance of public duties and / or community involvement


VALUE OF SCHOLARSHIPS

  • Each Scholarship awarded will generally be sufficient to cover fees, tuition, the cost of necessary books and equipment, board and lodging (preferably on a living-in basis where this is available at the educational establishment in question), and reasonable living expenses and travel expenses to and from the chosen educational establishment at the beginning and at the end of the course in respect of which the Scholarship is awarded.


  • The Scholarship will include :



    • university tuition fees payable directly to the university;


    • college fees excluding board and lodging payable directly to the college;


    • an annual stipend to be determined by the Scholarship Committee on a case by case basis to cover board and lodging and all other incidental expenses (subject to the discretion of the Scholarship Committee, the stipend will be payable in four instalments); and


    • a standard economy class airfare payable directly to the airline from the place of residence to the United Kingdom or other approved destination at the beginning of the Scholarship and for the return journey to the place of residence on completion of the Scholarship period.




  • In cases of financial hardship, the Scholarship Committee may, in their absolute discretion, make arrangements by way of supplemental awards, loans or such other means as they may think fit to assist Jardine Scholars in meeting their


APPLICATIONS

Applications for Jardine Scholarship Award 2007 will be open in mid August 2006. General application guidelines and schedule are listed as below for reference. Application forms and further details will be available from 18th August 2006.

Method of Application


  1. All applications must be submitted together with the following:



    • A personal statement and describing the applicant`s objectives, aspirations, plans after graduation and particulars of their extra-curricular activities, including sports, and their level of community involvement;


    • Certified copies of "O" and "A" level or equivalent certificates, e.g. HKCEE/GCE/SPM/STPM/STTB/SMP & SMU/STK;


    • Two recent passport-size photographs;


    • Confirmation that they have applied for a place in one of the preffered Colleges at Oxford or Cambridge University; and


    • Copies of completed UCAS and University application forms




  2. For applicants attending secondary school or junior college, applicants must be submitted through the school principal and be supported by a testimonial signed by the school principal setting out;



    • The applicant`s academic record of examination results;


    • Remarks which will assist the Scholarship Committee to satisfy themselves that requirements as to special qualities have been met; and


    • Any other relevant informations which will assist the Scholarship Committee in their assessment;




  3. In all other cases applications in Hong Kong must be submitted, together with references, through the principal of the secondary school, or the equivalent, which applicants last attended


  4. For applicants studying overseas, advice should be given of their specific dates in Hong Kong from mid December 2006 to early January 2007.


  5. Completed applications should be sent to:

    The Secretaries
    The Jardine Foundation
    G.P.O. BOX 70
    Hong Kong


Interviews

  1. Whilst the preliminary evaluation of each application will be based on the details submitted by applicants in writing, shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend the first interview in the middle of November 2006, when they will be screened by a selection committee, whose decision will be final


  2. The final selection will require applicants to attend for a personal interview in early January 2007. Any applicants, who has not been invited for an interview before that date should consider the application unsuccesfull.


For full details of the scholarship, please visit www.jardine-foundation.org

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Saturday, March 18, 2006

Scholarship ke Jerman dari Nokia

You are an excellent student and therefore interested in a financial support for your degree. The Gerhard Mercator university of Duisburg offers for the registered postgraduate students of the international oriented master degree course "Computer Science and Communications Engineering" a scholarship which is sponsored by the company Nokia.

The number of students that can be sponsored is limited. In order to make the decision on who will receive financial support, we need the following information as complete as possible:
- The application-form, filled in completely, can be downloaded here:
http://www.fb9dv.uni-duisburg.de/int/scholar/scholapl.pdf
- a detailed curriculum vitae and
- a certified copy of your transcript and certificate.

Based on this information will be a decision on your scholarship. All applications will be collected and the decision will be made until the end of the next quarter.

Please send the documents to the following address:
Gerhard Mercator University Duisburg
http://www.uni-duisburg.de
Department of Data Processing
Scholarship
Bismarckstr. 81
47057 Duisburg
Germany

Jinnai Scholarship S-1

Association of International Education, Japan (AIEJ) offers "JINNAI SCHOLARSHIP 2002-FOR UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM (S-1)" with summary information as follows :
Qualifications (general):
1. Indonesia (WNI)
2. Residents of Indonesia when applying for this scholarship
3. Under 30 years of age as of April 1' 2002 (i.e.born on and after April 2' 1972)
4. Willing to be admitted to Japanese universities to study (excl.major fields of literature, art, sports) in their regular undergraduate course (S-1)
5. Must have sufficient language ability (English and or Japanese)
6. Mentally-physically healthy
7. Must meet qualifications and other requirements

Number of scholarship recipients to be recruited : 10 persons
Scholarship covers :
1. Monthly stipend \150,000
2. Round-trip economy-class air ticket expenses
3. Admission fee up to \400,000 (once)
4. Tuition fee up to \1,000,000 per year


IMPORTANT !!!
ALL NECESSARY PROCEDURES FOR THE ADMISSION TO UNIVERSITIES SHOULD BE TAKEN BY THE APPLICANT.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND APPLICATION FORM, PLEASE CONTACT
ASSOCIATION OF INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION, JAPAN (AIEJ)
Jakarta Representative Office Summitmas
Tower I 5th Floor
Monday - Friday 09.00 - 17.00
Jl.Jend.Sudirman Kav.61-62
Jakarta INDONESIA 12190
URL : http://www.aiej.or.jp/
Phone +62-21-252-1912 Fax +62-21-252-1913

Master Degree Scholarships In France

The French Embassy in Indonesia and SFERE invite candidates for Master degree studies in France. The French Higher Education System, largely recognized in the world, offers low tuition fees to foreign students. Moreover, among accepted candidates, the French Embassy will select students who will be fully exempted of tuition fees, academic placement and monitoring fees, and French language course. Those students will only have to pay for their living expenses, yearly medical insurance, plane tickets and visa.
Available Master degree courses are in the following fields:
Engineering Sciences, Telecommunications, Comp Science, Food Tech,
Agriculture and Rural Development, Biomedical Engineering, Health
Management, Information Technologies, General Management, Public Administration, Finance and Marketing.

Interested candidates (individual or sponsored by an institution) must have a S1 degree (or equivalent) with mnimum IPK of 3, and be under 30 at the beginning of Nov 2001. Prior knowledge of French lang. is not required.
- Photocopy of S1 certificate and full transcripts, in English
- A two-pages max CV, in English
- A one-page descr, in English, of the intended field of master study
- Photocopy of birth certificate

A first selection will be conducted on the basis of the application documents. Those selected will be invited for an interview in Jkt by French professors.

Application documents must be sent to:
SFERE Indonesia
P.O. BOX 4598/JKTM, Jakarta 12700
or by fax to: 021- 719-8465
or email to: sferesea@indosat.net.id

Only completed application docs will be treated.

Alfred Friendly Press Fellowship

A program to give fellows an in-depth, practical introduction to the US print media in 6 months

The fellowship covers all costs of program-related international and domestic US travel and provides a monthly stipend

Requirements: early to mid-career status with min 3 years professional experience as a print journalist, current employment as a journalist with an independent print media organization in fellows country of citizenship. A typical AFPF fellow is approx. 29 years old with 6 years of print journalism experience & no previous experience in the US

Application forms are available from the AFPF office through January 1; complete applications must be received at the AFPF office. For detailed information please contact AFPF office at tel. (1-202) 4161691, fax. (1-202) 4161695 or e-mail: afpf@aol.com

Kelly Elizabeth Stephens Memorial Scholarship Fund

The funds will be awarded to one (or more) deserving Indonesian graduate student(s) on the basis of both commitment to teaching and financial need

Applicants should complete a graduate admissions application, an international student data form, and a graduate application for financial assistance

For further information please contact: segrad@bu.edu or visit the following web site: http://www.bu.edu/education

Jefferson Fellowship

A program of professional dialog, study and travel in Journalism for 4 weeks

Provisions may include housing, a per-diem and local transportation; the international airfare (to and from Hawaii) must be provided by the journalist, employer or other sources

Eligibility: mid-career print and broadcast journalist with min 10 years experience. Preference is usually given to "gatekeeper" applicants who help determine the content of coverage by their news organizations, to editorial writers, commentators and columnists, and to news staff with a strong interest in issues and cultures in the Asia/Pacific region

Other information or request for application form, please contact Webster K. Nolan at tel. (1-808) 9447199 or 9447192, fax. (1-808) 9447670, or e-mail: nolanw@ewc.hawaii.edu

Japan-IMF Fellowship Program or Advanced Studies

* Training Projects:
On-site training: an individual from one country who has particular expertise in a specific area of work provides training to the staff of an organization in another country
Professional attachment: a participant serves as a temporary staff member of a host organization, acquiring on-the-job training in a specific area of work or skill

* Exchange Projects:
Study tour: a participant conducts an in-depth investigation into an area of work by visiting and consulting with 2 or more human rights or human rights-related institutions in one or more countries
Fellowship: an activist with a min. of ten years exp. takes some time to reflect on his/her work and write about it in a way that makes it accessible to activists in other countries and regions

* The complete information and application form are available from IHRIP-IIE at fax. (1-202) 3267763, or e-mail: ihrip@iie.org

International Human Rights Internship Program

* Training Projects:
On-site training: an individual from one country who has particular expertise in a specific area of work provides training to the staff of an organization in another country
Professional attachment: a participant serves as a temporary staff member of a host organization, acquiring on-the-job training in a specific area of work or skill

* Exchange Projects:
Study tour: a participant conducts an in-depth investigation into an area of work by visiting and consulting with 2 or more human rights or human rights-related institutions in one or more countries
Fellowship: an activist with a min. of ten years exp. takes some time to reflect on his/her work and write about it in a way that makes it accessible to activists in other countries and regions

* The complete information and application form are available from IHRIP-IIE at fax. (1-202) 3267763, or e-mail: ihrip@iie.org

Asia Pacific Leadership Program

* The program invites applications from outstanding young professionals, recent bachelor recipients, currently enrolled graduate students to create a network of leaders from the US, Asia, and the Pacific who are familiar with the issues and cultures of the region and trained to exercise leadership toward the well-being of the countries and peoples of the region
* Eligibility: Bachelor's degree, 213 TOEFL or 6.00 IELTS, the participants are required to be the EWC's exchange Visitor (J-1) visa sponsorship
* Provisions may include housing, monthly stipend, tuition and fees, health ins., allowance for books & educational materials, and field seminar. The participants must provide initial & terminal air transp., and all other personal & academic expenses not covered by the EWC.
* Further information can be found at:
http://www.eastwestcenter.org/edu-sp.asp
or contact to: APLP@EastWestCenter.org

THE ASIA PACIFIC LEADERSHIP PROGRAM is a new one-year certificate program funded by the Freeman Foundation. It is designed to increase understanding and knowledge about the region and develop the leadership capabilities of future leaders in government, business, NGO's and academia in countries in Asia, the Pacific and the U.S.
Application forms and additional information both programs may be obtained from:
Award Services
East-West Center
1601 East-West Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96848-1601
Phone: (808) 944-7735, FAX: (808) 944-7730
E-MAIL: EWCUHM@EastWestCenter.org
WEB: http://www.EastWestCenter.org

Informasi Beasiswa S2 & S3

Berikut ini adalah beberapa teknik-teknik mendapatkan sekolah untuk jenjang S2 dan S3 'gratis' di luar negeri.

Pengantar

Penulis sering ditanya bagaimana caranya bisa bersekolah 'gratis' di luar negeri. Saya memberikan tanda kutip pada 'gratis' karena sebenarnya tidak 100% modal dengkul. Dalam beberapa kasus, at least kita harus bekerja terlebih dahulu untuk mengumpulkan uang untuk tiket pesawat + biaya hidup bulan pertama, dan situasi mungkin tidak memungkinkan kita untuk berkeluarga terlebih dahulu.

Jenis beasiswa yang akan saya utarakan pertama adalah jenis beasiswa yang kansnya tinggi untuk mendapatkannya. Biasanya beasiswa jenis ini adalah beasiswa jenis riset, dan untungnya, hampir semuanya tanpa ikatan dinas. Untuk beberapa jenis beasiswa, mereka lebih senang kalau sang pelamar bekerja untuk institusi pendidikan, lembaga penelitian, atau LSM.

Satu rule of thumb yang patut dihayati adalah: 'kita harus berkelat-kelit untuk mendapatkan beasiswa S2, tapi relatif jauh lebih mudah untuk mendapatkan beasiswa S3'. Makanya jika Anda mengejar waktu, sebaiknya ambil dulu S2 di Indonesia, sambil juga melamar S2/S3 di tempat lain. Kalau dapat S2 gratis di luar negeri, ya yang di Indonesia ditinggal saja.

Daftar Beasiswa Berdasarkan Negara

Secara umum, beasiswa ini memiliki karakteristik:

  • tidak memiliki ikatan dinas sama sekali
  • mahasiswa harus mengerjakan penelitian sesuai minatnya, dan sekaligus sebagai thesisnya


1. Amerika Serikat

Biasanya sekolah sekolah bagus di Amerika Serikat, (katakanlah top 50 pada bidangnya) sering memberikan beasiswa yang disebut stipend, meskipun baru mahasiswa S2. Besarnya stipend sekitar US$1000-1400, tergantung lokasi. Yang jelas cukup sekali untuk hidup. Mahasiswa yang menerima stipend itu, juga tidak perlu membayar uang sekolah (tuition fee). Lamanya stipend adalah per semester, tapi saat summer biasanya diberikan pekerjaan lain di universitas (mostly guaranteed). Kalau sedang sial (jarang sekali), tidak dapat assistantship untuk semester itu, ya pulang saja ke Indonesia dahulu.

Syarat penting mendapat beasiswa adalah harus mau menjadi teaching assistant atau research assistant. Teaching assistant bertugas membantu proses belajar-mengajar di kelas, seperti fotokopi, setup komputer di lab untuk kelas itu, memeriksa tugas-tugas, dan memberikan tutorial di luar jam kelas. Sedangkan research assistant bertugas membantu professor di lab, seperti membuatkan program untuknya, mengatur laboratioriumnya, membuat dokumentasi riset dan sebagainya. Mahasiswa selain melakukan penelitian, juga masih diwajibkan untuk mengambil coursework (kelas).

Memang harus diakui bahwa ada beberapa sekolah terkenal yang hanya memberikan jaminan beasiswa kepada mahasiswa S3. Untungnya, di AS, mahasiswa S1 bisa langsung masuk program S3, dimana di tengah-tengah perjalanan menumpuh S3 itu ada sertifikat bahwa ybs sudah melampaui jenjang S2. Jadi bisa ngerti sendirilah ... :-p

Untuk mendaftar ke pendidikan pascasarjana ke AS, biasanya mereka mengharuskan pelamar memberikan hasil nilai TOEFL dan GRE General Test resmi dari ETS (www.ets.org). Beberapa universitas terkemuka juga mengharuskan mengambil GRE Subject Test, misalnya GRE Computer Science, GRE Biology, GRE Economics, dan sebagainya. Di Jakarta, cabang ETS terletak di Menara Emporium, Jl.Rasuna Said, Kuningan. Biaya TOEFL sekitar US$60, GRE sekitar US$120. Kalau punya TOEFL > 580 (standar nilai lama) dan GRE General Test > 1750 saya sarankan pergi ke AS.

Bahkan, saya sarankan untuk mendaftar di top 20 jika memiliki GRE > 1900. Go for it!

Pelamar dapat mendownload formulir pendaftaran langsung dari website universitas tersebut. Dalam formulir pendaftaran itu, biasanya ada pertanyaan dari mana sumber pendanaan untuk kuliah nanti. Pilihlah option untuk 'menggantungkan sepenuhnya pada universitas dengan stipend assistantship'. Biaya pendaftaran biasa antar US$30-$60.

Kemudian mereka biasanya menyuruh kita untuk membuat statement of purpose. Tujuan dari statement of purpose adalah untuk meyakinkan bahwa Anda layak dapat beasiswa. Anda harus menunjukkan 'kemampuan' Anda, jangan malah merendahkan diri! Statement of purpose isinya:

  1. mengapa kita ingin melakukan pendidikan tinggi
  2. bidang peminatan kita apa, kalau bisa tunjukkan sedikit pengetahuan Anda mengenai 'trend' di bidang riset itu.
  3. mengapa kita ingin melakukan riset di bidang itu
  4. kalau sudah selesai mau jadi apa dan mau bekerja di mana (akademisi, industri, profesional, etc.) sebagai apa

Selain itu Anda sebaiknya juga menceritakan:

  1. kalau mungkin, tunjukkan bahwa Anda memiliki kompetensi di bidang itu (jadi memang ada baiknya dari sekarang Anda sudah memiliki bidang yang fokus).
  2. tunjukkan bahwa Anda bisa menjadi asisten pada mata kuliah S1 apa saja (jika jadi teaching assistant). Tapi jelaskan pula bahwa Anda bisa 'fleksibel'.

Karena biasanya statement of purpose itu harus singkat dan lugas (sekitar 1/2 halaman, max 1 halaman), kalau perlu Anda menceritakan 2 point di atas di luar statement of purpose. Tapi kalau masih muat, ya masukkan saja dalam statement of purpose.

Sebelum mendaftar, ada baiknya jika Anda memastikan terlebih dahulu bahwa bidang Anda minati, ada profesor yang memiliki minat yang kurang lebih sama di universitas itu. Sebaiknya, bercakap-cakap dahululah dengan profesor tersebut, katakan bahwa saya tertarik untuk melakukan riset. Tanyakan pula apakah dia berminat mengambil Anda menjadi mahasiswanya. Jangan lupa cari muka sedikit :-). Hal ini akan sedikit memperlicin jalan saat seleksi mahasiswa baru. Sekedar info, biasanya universitas di AS tidak meminta research plan yang kongkrit, karena baru saat di sana nanti merencanakan riset.

By the way, sebelum pergi ke AS, kita juga harus memiliki persediaan uang selama satu bulan ($1500+), plus tiket pesawat ke Amerika Serikat.(sekitar $700).


2. Kanada

Sama seperti Amerika Serikat, dan banyak diantara mereka tidak memerlukan GRE Subject Test. Meskipun ada Canadian Education Centre (CEC) di World Trade Center, Jl.Jendral Sudirman, tapi saya pikir cukup ke website universitasnya saja.


3. Jerman

Di negara-negara Eropa daratan (excluding British), biasanya tidak mengenal program bachelor (S1), karena bachelor adalah pola pendidikan Anglo-Saxon. Yang bisa dibilang dekat dengan S1-nya adalah program-program politeknik. Nah, oleh karena itu lulusan S1 Indonesia harus diupgrade agar sama dengan lulusan uni Eropa daratan, yakni Doktorandus (Drs), Diplom (Dipl) atau Licente (Lc). Gelar kesarjanaan ini sama dengan S2.

Seperti banyak kita ketahui, universitas-universitas di Jerman sama sekali tidak memungut biaya. Tapi tentu saja kita harus memiliki sumber pendanaan untuk biaya hidup.

DAAD (www.daad.de) adalah lembaga Jerman yang menyediakan informasi pendidikan dan juga informasi beasiswa di Jerman. Kantornya di Jakarta berlokasi di Gedung Sumitmas II, Jl.Jendral Sudirman, di depan Depdikbud. Mereka memiliki program beasiswa setiap tahun. Skim beasiswa yang disediakan DAAD mencakup S2, S3, sandwich program, riset 3-6 bulan, dan juga postdocotoral research. Tiket pesawat disediakan. Kalau dapat beasiswa dari DAAD, bisa modal dengkul.

Ada pula beasiswa dari industri seperti dari Siemens besarnya 1200 DM. Tidak harus pegawai negeri.

Untuk belajar di Jerman tidak harus melalui DAAD. Kalau untuk S3, setiap mahasiswa S3 pasti mendapatkan beasiswa. Jadi bisa saja setelah Anda lulus S2, Anda langsung mencari universitas di Jerman yang kebetulan ada profesor yang bidangnya sama dengan bidang peminatan Anda, dan melamar. Tapi tentu Anda akan butuh mencukupi sendiri biaya hidup 1 bulan dan tiket pesawat ke Jerman.

Untungnya, berbeda seperti di AS dan Kanada, biasanya di Jerman, Belanda, Austria, Belgia dan Switzerland, tidak memiliki kewajiban jadi teaching assistant atau research assistant. Kalaupun ada biasanya cuma 1 session tutorial per minggu. Tidak berat sama sekali. Kalaupun kita disuruh menulis paper, itu juga biasanya untuk kepentingan kita juga. Gaji (atau katakanlah beasiswa) kita cukup sekali untuk hidup.

Jangan lupa kontak profesornya dahulu (sama dengan cara yang di AS). Kirimkan pula statement of purpose dan research plannya. Kalau perlu diskusikan dahulu research plannya (biar cocok dengan pembimbingnya) sebelum mendaftar ke universitasnya.

Isi research plan itu standar-standar saja: latar belakang masalah, problem, metodologi penelitan, bagaimana kamu kira-kira akan memecahkan masalah tersebut, dll. Garis besarnya saja, asal bisa memberikan gambaran apa yang akan Anda teliti.

Saya sarankan untuk mengambil kursus bahasa Jerman di Goethe Institute, karena paling sedikit ada 3 negara yang menyediakan beasiswa, menggunakan bahasa Jerman, yakni Jerman, Switzerland dan Austria. Peluang beasiswa menjadi meningkat. Sudah begitu, kalau sudah bisa Jerman, belajar bahasa Belanda jadi gampang sekali.

Sebenarnya kalau Anda menempuh S3, dalam realitanya tidak harus menggunakan bahasa Jerman saat berdiskusi dengan peer atau profesor. Hal ini karena tidak banyak orang yang mau mengikuti program S3, dan biasanya universitas itu yang 'membutuhkan' mahasiswa S3. Cuma, untuk meningkatkan probabilitas mendapatkan beasiswa, kenapa tidak belajar bahasa Jerman?


4. Belanda

Sama persis dengan Jerman, hanya saja nama lembaga penyalur informasi pendidikannya adalah Netherlands Education Center (NEC). Di Jakarta lokasinya di Gedung Patra Jl.Gatot Subroto, Kuningan. Kantornya bersebelahan dengan kantor kamar dagang Belanda di Indonesia.

Sekolah di Belanda juga gratis, tapi yang international programme biasanya tidak gratis. Pemerintah Belanda juga menyediakan skim beasiswa yang saingannya lumayan banyak, namanya beasiswa TALIS.

NEC juga menyediakan informasi beasiswa tahunan yang disediakan langsung oleh universitas-universitas di Belanda. Selain itu ada juga program-program internasional yang berbahasa Inggris. Sayangnya untuk level S2 (Drs, Ir.), beasiswa kelas-kelas berbahasa Inggris itu biasanya cuma 1/2 uang tution fee dan sulit mendapatkannya.

Untuk S3, gratis dan digaji, sama seperti Jerman.

Informasi lebih lanjut bisa hubungi:

Netherlands Education Centre
Citra Graha 7th floor, suite 703
Jl. Jend. Gatot Subroto kav. 35-36
Jakarta 12950
Indonesia
Phone (62 21) 5200453, 5201085
Fax (62 21) 5200457
E-mail: necjkt@ibm.net


5. Austria & Swiss

Secara umum sama seperti Jerman. Tiap tahun kedutaan Austria dan Switzerland juga menyediakan beasiswa, namun berbeda dengan Belanda dan Jerman, mereka tidak menyediakan beasiswa S2 sama sekali. Yang mungkin adalah gelar S2 dari Indonesia, tapi sandwich di sana (penelitian 6 bulan - 1 tahun). Tapi tentu masih mendapat sertifikat. Selain itu tentunya beasiswa dari kedutaan Austria dan Switzerland juga ada yang untuk S3. Semuanya lengkap dengan tiket pesawat dan ongkos hidup. Practically bisa dengan modal dengkul kalau dapat beasiswanya.

Saat interview di kedutaan biasanya akan ditanya hal-hal yang sama seperti dalam statement of purpose dan research plan. Di kedutaan Swiss juga ada test bahasa, sekedar untuk menguji saja, toh nanti juga disekolahkan di sekolah bahasa di Swiss sebelum masuk kuliah. Tergantung Anda memilih sekolah di mana, ada universitas di Swiss yang berbahasa Perancis, seperti misalnya di Geneva. Tapi kalau di sebelah utara dan timur, umumnya berbahasa Jerman.

Anda juga bisa daftar langsung ke universitas yang bersangkutan, terutama untuk program S3, dengan cara sama seperti Jerman & Belanda. Gratis dan digaji juga.

E-mail kedutaan besar Swiss (di Jl.Rasuna Said, dekat Erasmus Huis): swiemjak@rad.net.id


6. Jepang

Sebenarnya kalau sampai di Jepang sana, cukup banyak beasiswa, namun sayangnya tidak banyak yang full membiayai uang kuliah dan biaya hidup. Bahkan untuk S3 saja juga harus bayar.

Pemerintah Jepang menyediakan juga beasiswa Monbusho kepada orang-orang Indonesia. Ada dua jenis beasiswa Mombusho. Yang pertama pelamar harus pegawai negeri atau dosen. Melalui jalur ini, pelamar kalau lolos seleksi akan dicarikan pembimbing/profesor yang cocok sesuai minat. Sedangkan yang satu lagi sang pelamar harus aktif mencari sang profesor, dan menanyakan apakah si profesor tersebut bersedia menjadi pembimbing riset pelamar. Klik di sini untuk informasi lengkap mengenai beasiswa Monbusho.

Di kedutaan Jepang Jl.MH Thamrin, terdapat perpustakaan yang berisi informasi pendidikan tinggi di Jepang.

Informasi mengenai beasiswa di Jepang di bawah ini saya dapatkan dari rekan saya Rahmat:

a. INPEX Foundation

Beasiswa ini untuk melanjutkan S2 di Universitas Jepang. Beasiswa ini tidak mengikat (tidak ada ikatan dinas). Test dan sistem seleksinya diadakan di Indonesia. Beasiswa ini mengcover juga tiket pp Indonesia - Jepang. Pendaftaran dibuka dari tanggal 1 Agustus dan deadline penyerahan dokumen tanggal 15 Nopember. Besarnya beasiswa 160.000 yen/bulan. Uang kuliah, uang
pendaftaran, uang ujian masuk ditanggung semua oleh sponsor. Formulir applikasinya bisa di dapat di alamat berikut :
14 F Ebisu Neorato 4-1-18 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0013 JAPAN

b. The OKAZAKI Kaheita International Scholarship Foundation

Beasiswa ini untuk melanjutkan S2 di Universitas Jepang. Beasiswa ini tidak mengikat (tidak ada ikatan dinas). Test dan sistem seleksinya diadakan di Indonesia. Beasiswa ini mengcover juga tiket pp Indonesia - Jepang. Formulir applikasinya bisa di dapat di alamat berikut :
3-2-5 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0013 JAPAN

c. The Hitachi Scholarship

Beasiswa ini bisa untuk S2 ataupun S3. Syaratnya harus alumni dari ITB, UI, UGM, IPB dan formulir bisa diambil dan ditanyakan dari rektorat masing-masing universitas tsb diatas. Beasiswa ini juga mengcover tiket pp Indonesia - Jepang, uang kuliah, uang pendaftaran, uang ujian masuk, perumahan ditanggung juga, dan uang beasiswa 180.000 yen/bulan. Informasi lebih lanjut bisa di dapat di :
1-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005 JAPAN

d. Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd

Panasonic Scholarship Beasiswa ini untuk melanjutkan S2 di Universitas Jepang. Tidak ada ikatan dinas dalam beasiswa ini. Pendaftaran dibuka bulan February - Maret. Beasiswa ini juga mengcover tiket pp Indonesia - Jepang. Uang kuliah, uang
pendaftaran, uang ujian masuk ditanggung oleh sponsor, uang beasiswa 200.000 yen/bulan.
Informasi lengkap lihat di http://www.panasonic.co.id/
atau kontak e-mail : PAN11311@pas.mei.co.jp
Panasonic Scholarship, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd
1006 Kadoma Osaka, 571-8501 JAPAN

e. Beasiswa dari Aichi Prefecture, Aichi Scholarship

Beasiswa ini untuk melanjutkan S2 di Universitas Jepang. Tidak ada ikatan dinas dalam beasiswa ini. Deadline penyerahan application 20 Mei. Syarat yang harus dipenuhi, Universitas yang dipilih harus berada di Aichi Prefecture. Uang kuliah, uang pendaftaran, uang ujian masuk ditanggung oleh sponsor, uang beasiswa 185.000 yen/bulan. Informasi lebih lanjut bisa di dapat di : Aichi Prefectural Office, 3-1-2 Sannomaru, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi 460-01 JAPAN

f. The Japan Securities Scholarship Foundation

Beasiswa ini untuk melanjutkan S2 di Universitas Jepang. Tidak ada ikatan dinas dalam beasiswa ini. Application dari bulan Januari sampai Mei. Beasiswa mengcover tiket pesawat, Uang kuliah, bantuan biaya perumahan (apartemen), dan uang beasiswa bulanan sebesar 120.000 yen. Beasiswa ini diberikan buat jurusan Social Science, Humanities. Informasi lebih lanjut bisa di dapat di :
Tokyo Shoken Building
5-8 Kayabacho, 1-chome, Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0025 JAPAN


7. Singapura

Singapura memiliki dua universitas 'negeri', yakni National University of Singapore (NUS), dan yang lebih baru yakni Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Memang harus diakui bahwa NUS bukan sekolah 'bule' (meskipun banyak pengajarnya dari manca negara), tapi peringkat NUS selalu berada di top 10 universitas di Asia, dan selalu diatas seluruh universitas Australia. Meskipun untuk orang awam seolah-olah tidak membanggakan (karena bukan sekolah bule), namun reputasi internasional NUS memudahkan mahasiswanya dan lulusannya untuk melanjutkan pendidikan ke jenjang yang lebih tinggi lagi.

Beasiswa yang disediakan oleh pemerintah Singapura melalui kedua universitas itu ada yang berbasis coursework (sulit masuknya, saingannya ketat dari seluruh ASEAN), dan ada lagi yang berbasis riset S2/S3 (lebih mudah). Untuk mendapatkan beasiswa berbasis riset, dalam formulir pendaftaran (download dari www.nus.edu.sg atau www.ntu.edu.sg) juga lampirkan proposal riset (research plan). Bahkan kadang-kadang bisa tanpa proposal riset, dengan cara bercakap-cakap dengan profesornya terlebih dahulu (via e-mail) dan meminta sang profesor memberikan alternatif research plan. Pokoknya asal menunjukkan minat melakukan penelitian.

Beasiswa (gaji) bulanan yang diterima adalah SG$1400, tanpa tiket pesawat (kecuali yang ASEAN scholarship). Biaya hidup bulanan (hidup enak) sekitar SG$1000, jadi masih bisa menabung SG$400 per bulannya.


8. Australia & Inggris

Seperti kita ketahui Australia menyediakan beasiswa tahunan AusAID yang saingannya berjibun. Pusat informasi pendidikan Australia adalah IDP, berlokasi di Jl.Rasuna Said.

Sedangkan Inggris juga menyediakan beasiswa S2 dan S3 tahunan (British Chivening) yang pelamarnya banyak sekali. Informasi tersebut bisa didapatkan di British Council, Widjojo Centre. Beasiswa diberikan kepada 80% pegawai negeri dan 20% swasta.

Perlu diberitahukan juga bahwa di British Council tersebut juga sering ada pengumuman beasiswa untuk S2/S3, hanya saja sayangnya hampir semua beasiswa tersebut parsial (misalnya 1/2 uang tuition).

Australia dan Inggris adalah negara-negara yang terkenal pelit dalam soal beasiswa, mentang-mentang pakai bahasa Inggris. Kasarnya, mereka mengkomersilkan pendidikan. Bahkan untuk S3, harus bayar. Kalaupun ada program beasiswa, saingannya banyak sekali.

Tapi jangan putus asa. Kalau ada kemauan, maka ada jalan. Beberapa universitas di Australia, menyalurkan beasiswa riset dari pemerintah Australia untuk jenjang S2/S3 terbatas kepada pelamar internasional (bukan AusAID), termasuk biaya hidup (tanpa tiket pesawat dan settlement cost). Hanya saja saingannya lumayan banyak, meskipun tidak seketat AusAID. Dalam formulir pendaftaran yang biasanya bisa didownload langsung dari website universitas, jangan lupa cantumkan statement of purpose dan research plan.

Tapi saya juga pernah ditawari untuk mengajar program bachelor di Australia (mungkin saat itu mereka sedang kekurangan dosen), sekaligus mengambil program S3. Jadi ada kans untuk mengajar atau jadi tenaga peneliti, sekaligus mengambil S3. Tinggal pintar-pintarnya kita saja membujuk mereka agar mau mengambil kita. Manfaatkan kunjungan-kunjungan lembaga pendidikan Australia ke Indonesia untuk merekrut mahasiswa S1, untuk mencari kemungkinan S3 sekaligus bekerja di universitas itu.

Kemudian University of Cambridge (www.cambridge.ac.uk) juga menyediakan beasiswa lepasan tanpa ikatan dinas.

source : http://www.geocities.com/amwibowo/beasiswa.html

Tips Wawancara Monbukagakusho

Tulisan berikut merupakan pengalaman langsung dari salah seorang penerima beasiswa dan beberapa rekan lainnya saat mengikuti wawancara seleksi beasiswa Monbukagakusho melalui jalur G to G (Goverment to Goverment).

Semua berkas dijilid menjadi satu (minimal 2 eks, untuk diberikan pada penguji saat wawancara), yang terdiri dari:

a.Copy of aplication form, termasuk di dalamnya proposal riset.

b.Korespondensi dengan Profesor (print out). Bila memungkinkan ada komentar positif dari calon Profesor pembimbing tentang proposal tersebut. Kalan Anda masih punya waktu yang cukup, coba kontak Profesor lagi dan bagaimana caranya supaya beliau memberikan komentar/rekom yang positip atas panggilan wawancara ini. Misalnya, "I am glad to hear that you are selected for the interview. Do your best, I am looking forward to seeing you in Japan". Lebih baik lagi bila komentarnya ditulis dengan tulisan tangan. Semua komentar positip Professor tadi di-highlight (stabilo).

c. Bacalah semua publikasi profesor dan beri highlight pada point2 penting, untuk memberi kesan kepada penguji bahwa publikasi tersebut telah dipelajari dengan baik.

d. Jangan lupa, semua judul publikasi profesor dimasukkan ke dalam daftar pustaka proposal. Ditempatkan mulai dari nomor paling atas.

Karakteristik umum para refree atau penguji saat wawancara kira-kira sebagai berikut:

a. Berusaha menjatuhkan mental kita, dengan mengatakan bahwa proposal riset kita tidak memenuhi syarat. Untuk itu, jangan terpancing.

b. Mereka sangat concern akan hubungan pelamar dengan calon Profesor pembimbing. Untuk itu, Anda mesti dapat menunjukkan bahwa proposal tersebut betul-betul sudah disetujui oleh Profesor. Karena itu, korespondensi dengan Profesor (email, surat, fax, dll) jangan sampai lupa dibawa pada saat wawancara.

Para penguji ingin tahu sejauh mana kesiapan pelamar untuk studi di Jepang. Tunjukkan bahwa Anda sudah benar-benar siap untuk melakukan penelitian tersebut di Jepang. Waktu menjelaskan isi proposal, jangan gugup. Usahakan berbicara selancar mungkin dan sedapat mungkin dalam bahasa Inggris. Selanjutnya, bila ada penjelasan rumus usahakan juga selancar mungkin, seolah semuanya udah di luar kepala :)

Bila Anda memiliki dokumen/foto/kartu nama yang berkaitan dengan orang Jepang, jangan lupa dibawa. Hal ini untuk memberi kesan kalau Anda sudah biasa bergaul dengan orang Jepang dan tidak asing lagi dengan budaya mereka.

Business School Essay Secrets

EssayEdge.com contains thousands of pages of free admissions essay advice by Harvard-educated editors.


Business school students face a uniquely difficult challenge, because most programs require a series of essays rather than a single, comprehensive personal statement. This fact alone should indicate the importance that business schools place on your written responses. Part of the reason for this extra required writing is that business schools also place a stronger emphasis on practical experience. Academic ability may still be the number-one factor, but it's not enough to get you into a school, just as it's not enough to guarantee your success in the business world. Business schools pay close attention to personal qualities, including your leadership, communication skills, initiative, vision, and many more. Grades and scores do not explain this side of you, and neither does a resume.

Thus your admission will depend largely on your ability to convey your experiences and goals in written form. Self-assessment is a significant part of this process, as is a careful review of both your life and what you have done professionally. Many successful professionals have simply never had to articulate their accomplishments before and now for the first time must communicate this information in a very clear, concise, powerful manner that is accessible to anyone, even without knowledge of their field. Being able to convey both the substance and significance of one's work life is crucial for all applicants.

As the founder of EssayEdge.com, the Net's largest admissions essay prep company, I have seen firsthand the difference a well-written application essay can make. Through its free online admissions essay help course and 300 Harvard-educated editors, EssayEdge.com helps tens of thousands of student each year improve their essays and gain admission to business schools ranging from Harvard to State U.

Having personally edited over 2,000 admissions essays myself for EssayEdge.com, I have written this article to help you avoid the most common essay flaws. If you remember nothing else about this article, remember this: Be Interesting. Be Concise.

Why MBA?

Nearly all applications will feature a question that asks about your reasons for wanting to obtain an MBA at this stage of your career. Some will explicitly ask you to tie these reasons into your background and your goals. Even for schools that don't offer this specific direction, you should plan on such a discussion of past and future, as it provides essential context for your application.

"Why MBA?" is often the first question asked and without a doubt the most important essay you will write. It includes essential information about whether you're qualified, whether you're prepared, and where you're headed. The other essays fill in details about these fundamental points, but a strong answer about, for example, how you overcame a failure will not revive a candidacy that failed based on a lack of career focus.

Every answer should contain the following elements, unless the application has separate questions addressing them individually:

1. Your long- and short-term goals.
2. Your relevant past experience.
3. An assessment of your strengths and the gaps in your experience/education.
4. How an MBA program will bridge your past and future and fill in those gaps.
5. Why this particular MBA program is a good match for your needs.

There are no groundbreaking reasons for pursuing an MBA. This is not a place to aim for bold originality. Rather, you should focus on articulating detailed reasons that are specific to your situation. Moreover, there is plenty of room to distinguish yourself when discussing past experience and future goals; the reasons themselves, however, come from a more limited set. That said, you should not try to drop buzzwords for their own sake. Make sure you tie your specific objectives to other aspects of your application.

TOP 10 BUSINESS SCHOOL ESSAY WRITING TIPS

1. Don't Use Company Jargon.
As a prospective business student, you have probably spent the past few years in a corporate environment with its own in-house terminology. Remember that you are writing for a reader who hasn't attended your company's meetings or contributed to its products. You should certainly describe various aspects of your professional life--your leadership skills, your career trajectory, your triumph in the face of obstacles, and so on--but do so in language that is as accessible to your reader as it is to you. Imagine that you are composing a document for a customer who must decide whether to buy a particular product: you. Write clearly and personably.

2. Don't Bore the Reader. Do Be Interesting.
Admissions officers have to read hundreds of essays, and they must often skim. Abstract rumination has no place in an application essay. Admissions officers aren't looking for a new way to view the world; they're looking for a new way to view you, the applicant. The best way to grip your reader is to begin the essay with a captivating snapshot. Notice how the blunt, jarring "after" sentence creates intrigue and keeps the reader's interest.

Before: I am a compilation of many years of experiences gained from overcoming the relentless struggles of life.

After: I was six years old, the eldest of six children in the Bronx, when my father was murdered.

3. Do Use Personal Detail. Show, Don't Tell!
Good essays are concrete and grounded in personal detail. They do not merely assert "I learned my lesson" or that "these lessons are useful both on and off the field." They show it through personal detail. "Show, don't tell" means that if you want to relate a personal quality, do so through your experiences without merely asserting it.

Before: If it were not for a strong support system which instilled into me strong family values and morals, I would not be where I am today.

After: Although my grandmother and I didn't have a car or running water, we still lived far more comfortably than did the other families I knew. I learned an important lesson: My grandmother made the most of what little she had, and she was known and respected for her generosity. Even at that age, I recognized the value she placed on maximizing her resources and helping those around her.

The first example is vague and could have been written by anybody. But the second sentence evokes a vivid image of something that actually happened, placing the reader in the experience of the applicant.

4. Do Be Concise. Don't Be Wordy.
Wordiness not only takes up valuable space, but also confuses the important ideas you're trying to convey. Short sentences are more forceful because they are direct and to the point. Certain phrases, such as "the fact that," are usually unnecessary. Notice how the revised version focuses on active verbs rather than forms of "to be" and adverbs and adjectives.

Before: My recognition of the fact that the project was finally over was a deeply satisfying moment that will forever linger in my memory.

After: Completing the project at last gave me an enduring sense of fulfillment.

5. Do Address Your Weaknesses. Don't Dwell on Them.
At some point on your application, you will have an opportunity to explain deficiencies in your record, and you should take advantage of it. Be sure to explain them adequately: "I partied too much to do well on tests" will not help your application. The best tactic is to spin the negatives into positives by stressing your attempts to improve; for example, mention your poor first-quarter grades briefly, then describe what you did to bring them up.

Before: My grade point average provides an incomplete evaluation of my potential and of the person I am today, since it fails to reveal my passion and determined spirit which make me unique and an asset to the _______ School of Business.

After: Though my overall grade point average was disappointing, I am confident that the upward trend in my undergraduate transcript will continue in business school. Furthermore, my success on the GMAT and in the corporate world since graduation reinforces my conviction that I have a keen business sense--one that I hope to develop at the _______ School of Business.

6. Do Vary Your Sentences and Use Transitions.
The best essays contain a variety of sentence lengths mixed within any given paragraph. Also, remember that transition is not limited to words like nevertheless, furthermore or consequently. Good transition flows from the natural thought progression of your argument.

Before: I started playing piano when I was eight years old. I worked hard to learn difficult pieces. I began to love music.

After: I started playing the piano at the age of eight. As I learned to play more difficult pieces, my appreciation for music deepened.

7. Do Use Active Voice Verbs.
Passive-voice expressions are verb phrases in which the subject receives the action expressed in the verb. Passive voice employs a form of the word to be, such as was or were. Overuse of the passive voice makes prose seem flat and uninteresting.

Before: The lessons that have prepared me for my career as an executive were taught to me by my mother.

After: My mother taught me lessons that will prove invaluable in my career as an executive.

8. Do Seek Multiple Opinions.
Ask your friends and family to keep these questions in mind:

Does my essay have one central theme?

Does my introduction engage the reader? Does my conclusion provide closure?

Do my introduction and conclusion avoid summary?

Do I use concrete experiences as supporting details?

Have I used active-voice verbs wherever possible?

Is my sentence structure varied, or do I use all long or short sentences?

Are there any clichés, such as "cutting-edge" or "learned my lesson"?

Do I use transitions appropriately?

What about the essay is memorable?

What's the worst part of the essay?

What parts of the essay need elaboration or are unclear?

What parts of the essay do not support my main argument?

Is every single sentence crucial to the essay? This must be the case.

What does the essay reveal about my personality?

9. Don't Wander. Do Stay Focused.
Many applicants try to turn the application essay into a complete autobiography. Not surprisingly, they find it difficult to pack so much information into such a short essay, and their essays end up sounding more like a list of experiences than a coherent, well-organized thought. Make sure that every sentence in your essay exists solely to support one central theme.

10. Do Revise, Revise, Revise.
The first step in an improving any essay is to cut, cut, and cut some more. EssayEdge.com's free admissions essay help course and Harvard-educated editors will be invaluable as you polish your essay to perfection. The EssayEdge.com free help course guides you through the entire essay-writing process, from brainstorming worksheets and question-specific strategies for the twelve most common essay topics to a description of ten introduction types and editing checklists.



SAMPLE ESSAY

Please discuss the factors, both professional and personal, influencing the career decisions you have made that, in turn, have led you to your current position. What are your career goals for the future, and why is now the appropriate time to pursue an MBA at NAME? How will you avail yourself of the resources at NAME to achieve these goals?

Turkish news nowadays carry vivid images which have become terrifyingly commonplace: the surface of the sea littered with dead sheep; a landfill explosion leading to a number of deaths; vendors offering radiation-contaminated tea for half-price; a little girl's death resulting from her fall through an open sewage manhole in her schoolyard; radioactive waste sold to unsuspecting scrap dealers; a twenty-year-old tanker breaking into pieces, spilling hundreds of tons of crude oil into the ocean and killing sea life all around.

The frequency with which these environmental disasters fill Turkish news broadcasts -- along with the obvious insensitivity of the authorities towards both environment and health issues -- prompted me to learn about ways to prevent these types of disasters. At the age of fifteen, I decided to focus my studies on environmental sciences in order to equip myself with the technical tools I would need to make a real contribution.

After earning a master's degree in environmental sciences, I completed a professional international management certificate program in order to gain a management perspective of the field. I then realized that, in order to effectively combine my technical knowledge and management skills, I needed to accumulate real-world experience. Specifically, working at a large company would allow me to develop insight into various industries, as well as an overarching vision of the international business arena.

I have now worked for nearly two years in the energy and environment group of Koc Holding, Turkey's first and biggest diversified conglomerate. As a project engineer, I am mainly responsible for our holding companies' environment and energy sector investments. This position has given me the opportunity to interact with businessmen from all over the world, thereby expanding my international perspective. Because of my outstanding work performance, I was chosen to attend various meetings with local and international governmental bodies such as OPIC, IFC, and the World Bank. It is highly unusual for a young associate to represent the company at such events, and my self-confidence -- as well as my management skills -- was further enhanced by that successful experience.

While working in various business lines, including the automotive industry, consumer durables, and the energy sector, I have realized that the root cause of many environmental problems is financial. I believe that many people in the environmental sector are so ignorant or insensitive that they will cheat customers to increase profits. Furthermore, businesses do not prioritize environmental investments; as a result, insufficient funds are allocated to adequately prevent problems. For instance, despite a population over eight million people, Istanbul, Turkey's largest city, still lacks a properly operating sewage system. In most of the areas of the city, waste water is discharged directly into the Bosphorus.

In the long term, I hope to help solve my country's problems by starting my own environmental-services business in Turkey. The company will serve both local and international customers by providing cost-effective, adaptable solutions ranging from waste management to safety management. In order to accomplish this goal, however, I must deepen my knowledge of the field. Despite my experience, I still lack some important knowledge and management skills, especially in finance, marketing, and entrepreneurship. I am also aware that my knowledge of American environmental issues is insufficient. Since dealing with aspects of international business will be an integral part of my job as an entrepreneur, it is essential that I fill in these gaps.

The NAME School's MBA program is the perfect bridge from where I am to where I want to be. I am attracted by the inventiveness and uniqueness of its entrepreneurial and finance programs, and believe that I will increase my practical knowledge of entrepreneurship by interacting with my classmates. I value the fact that at NAME entrepreneurial education does not stop at the classroom, but rather continues through internships and extracurricular activities. I feel that a business school for entrepreneurs should balance a dose of theory with real-world application, and NAME's curriculum and hands-on experiences through associations, internships, and the management field study provide such balance.

I am also drawn to NAME because of the school's emphasis on teamwork and technology, reflected by such exciting courses and programs as High Technology Entrepreneurship, International Finance, 12-week field application projects, and the global immersion program directed to teach global thinking and global action. Additionally, the school's profusion of student groups and its flexible entrepreneurial program -- with electives from 200 courses -- will allow me to tailor my course of study directly to my career interests. It is precisely this flexibility that I plan to draw on while at NAME and beyond, by taking advantage of (and contributing to) the school's strong international alumni network.

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Contoh Surat Pengajuan Beasiswa

(1) Contoh surat pengajuan beasiswa

Date...
(Scholarship) Coordinator
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
504 C Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002

Dear Scholarship Coordinator:
I recently learned of the (scholarship/internship/fellowship) offered by your organization. I believe I would make an ideal candidate. Please send me an application and any other information pertaining to the (scholarship). I have enclosed a self-addressed stamped envelope for your convenience. Thank you for your assistance. I look forward to receiving the requested paperwork.

Sincerely,

(your signature)
(Your mailing address)

(2) Tips Menyiapkan Aplikasi Beasiswa

Filling out the scholarship application is a fact of life when seeking scholarships. Unfortunately, there is no generic form or format; each scholarship fund has its own methods and information needs. Some scholarships such as The Annual Signet Classic Scholarship Essay Contest offers no application form at all; submissions are accompanied by a letter with a required set of information.
You should plan to spend 10-15 hours per scholarship application. This estimate includes gathering materials, filling out application, preparing the package and writing a short essay.
Now it’s time to add efficiency to your skills because the preparation of scholarship applications is something of a production line process where efficiency will save you time and help you avoid errors



High Demand Materials
Obtain or create a number of copies of materials that will be requested over and over again. Frequently requested documents might include transcripts, financial aid forms or copies of tax returns, resumes, letters of recommendation or photographs. Your efficiency in preparing scholarship packages will be astronomically enhanced by being able to simply pluck the requested documents from the document holders filed in your scholarship three ring binder.

Multi-Tasking
In most cases, applying for a scholarship means writing an essay. Look for opportunities to use those scholarship essays to fulfill class requirements as well. If you need to write an essay for your government course, you might as well write on the topic of "a current elected public official in the United States, who is acting courageously to address a political issue at the local, state, national, or international level". Then you can submit your homework assignment to "The John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest". Or, if you need to read a book and write a report on some aspect of the reading, plan to read "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde and submit your book report to the "Annual Signet Classic Scholarship Essay Contest".

We particularly appreciate the requirements of the "The CollegeProwler Essay Competition". This competition requires that you submit up to three college application essays that you have already written and submitted. Now that’s a great example of the power of reuse, recycle.

The Scholarship Cover Letter
The application cover letter conveys the package from you to the funding organization. It is one more opportunity to demonstrate professionalism and knowledge of appropriate business etiquette.

If possible, make a determination to whom the letter should be addressed. Be sure you have that individual’s name and title spelled correctly. Avoid using either, "Dear Sir" or " Dear Madam "

In the body of the letter, express your pleasure at the opportunity to submit your application for the specific award you are seeking. It’s always useful to add a sentence praising the work or the mission of the funding organization.

Close the letter by expressing your enthusiasm for participating in the process and always thank the recipient for their time and consideration.

Forms and Documents
The scholarship application form introduces you to the judges. You need to make that introduction as crisp and business-like as possible.

Make copies of the application form so that you can create a working draft. Use that draft to complete the final application form.

Type the application form if at all possible. Don’t use fancy fonts; stick with standard business fonts like Times New Roman or Arial. Legibility and neatness are extremely important. Your application can be eliminated if it cannot be easily read.

Put your name on every page of the application. Many funds prefer that applications be free of staples so they are easier to photocopy or distribute. That means there is the potential for parts of your application to become lost. Placing your name on every page gives your application a fighting chance of being reconstituted if a page or two gets waylaid during the process.

Answer every question. If you don’t believe that a question applies to you, don’t leave it blank – it could be judged incomplete. Don’t mark the question N/A, not applicable. The evaluators may have a different point of view on its applicability and can disqualify you for failing to complete the form. Instead, answer the question if you can. If the question is truly not applicable, write a sentence that describes your situation. For example, if the question is,"What is your military history?" it is preferable to write "I have never served in the military" rather than leave it blank or write N/A

Check, check and re-check for typos. Enlist help in this review. It is very hard to proof read your own material. Inevitably, your mind’s eye reads what you thought you wrote, not what actually made it onto the page. A fresh reader will catch the words that you missed and find the spelling problems.

If there is one thing we learned from speaking with funders, it is that simple errors will remove you from the competition much more quickly than listing too few club activities. Even if you are not class valedictorian or community volunteer of the year or a survivor of some horrific circumstances with a heroic story to tell, you can still be in the finalist round by being sure you spelled the name of the scholarship fund correctly and attending to all of the other minor details that will make your application perfectly correct and therefore worthy of consideration.

Place the requested documents in the package in the order that they are requested. This consistency makes it easier for evaluators to locate information. It’s also simpler for you to check the documents against the list of requirements.

Do not add documents that have not been requested. There are many scholarship guides in the press that encourage you to add additional materials as a way for you to show your creativity and make your application unique. Judging by the available data, if you create an error-free, neat and timely application package, you will have already distinguished your application as unique. Additional materials:

Give the impression that you think the funders don’t really know what they need

Can disqualify you in some competitions

Makes your application more difficult to manage and consequently more likely to be eliminated

Some advice givers swear by the "additional material" strategy. We don’t. You are better served by focusing on making your application shine, using the structure requested by the funder.

Do not staple documents together unless directed to do so. It is always reasonable to use paper clips to keep materials tidy. Do not place the application in a special folder unless directed to do so. The place to be creative and innovative is in the preparation of your essay. When preparing the applications, just follow the directions you are given.

Make a complete copy of the application before you send it. Don’t skip the transcript or the financial aid statement because you know those are included; it is always important to have a complete record of everything you send the funder in exactly the form it was received by the funder.

Use an envelope that will hold your application without folding it. As a matter of presentation, the application will look better without creases. Send the application "return receipt requested" or use a delivery service like FedEx that allows you to track the package’s path and verify who signed for it. In this way you will have proof that the application was received by the organization. If you do not receive verification within the appropriate length of time, follow up. You won’t have a chance at the scholarship if the application never makes it to the in-box.

The Bottom Line
The scholarship application is a paper model of you. Make sure your application is professional and compelling.

Tip Mendapat Beasiswa S2-S3 Malaysia

Bagi yg berminat studi lanjut (S2/S3) di Malaysia ada beberapa cara untuk mendapatkan financial support:

Research Assistant (RA)
Jalur ini bagi spv./calon spv. yang mempunyai proyek (IRPA atau swasta). Cara mengetahuinya dengan membuka website Universitas yg akan dituju (gunakan search engine/google etc.), kemudian cari faculty/department yg diminati. Biasanya juga ada informasi mengenai proyek2 yg sedang/akan dijalankan. Atau coba email lgs Prof. yg mempunyai kepakaran sesuai dg bidang yg diminati, ceritakan latar belakang akademik dan pengalaman anda, terus tanyakan kemungkinan mendapat RA/Scholarship bidang tsb. Tidak menutup kemungkinan Prof. akan mencarikan solusi atau menginformasikan rekan sejawat yg mempunyai proyek. Perlu diketahui bahwa untuk RA, umumnya pelajar menempuh studi by research/thesis atau kombinasi coursework & thesis.


Malaysia melalui beberapa forum juga menyediakan beasiswa untuk negara2 anggota ASEAN, OIC, atau lainnya seperti Malaysian Technical Cooperation Program (MTCP). Coba browse: http://www.epu.jpm.my/Bi/mtcp/MTCPFRAME.htm. Prosesnya melalui kedutaan/konsulat Mly di Indonesia.


Beasiswa dari universitas.
Beasiswa ini disediakan oleh masing-masing universitas, dan berbeda-beda bentuknya sesuai dengan kebijakan univ. Informasi bisa dilihat di website univ. Biasanya pada Graduate Institute/Center of Graduate Studies atau tanyakan langsung by email.


Sponsor-sponsor lain.
Coba browse kemungkinan lain untuk mendapat informasi beasiswa studi di Mly, spt yg ada di website Islamic Development Bank:
http://www.isdb.org/english_docs/idb_home/sac.htm

atau coba explore info yg ada di website:
http://www.studymalaysia.com/student/scholarship.php
Semoga ada pencerahan.

Berikut ini Anda harus menghindari kesalahan-kesalahan dalam membuat aplikasi beasiswa.

Top Ten Mistakes Made on Scholarship Applications by Laura DiFiore at FreSch!.

How you can guarantee that your scholarship application will NOT win! Forget to include your name and/or address! You would be surprised how many students do not include their name or address on an application! Submit an incomplete application. Make sure you include all required references, photos, transcripts, and essays.

Be rude or abusive to the judges. Telling the judges that they will burn in Hades if they don't pick you, or that they are idiots because they don't accept applications from students in your major, is a sure-fire way to guarantee you will NOT be considered for this application, and that the judges will tell all their judge friends how nasty you are. Submit a dirty application. Use a plate for your lunch, not your application.

Don't spill beer on your application! Apply when you do not meet their minimum requirements. If they require a minimum 3.0 GPA and you have a 1.2 GPA, don't waste your time! Send it "postage due." Oops! Mail the envelope but forget to put the application in it. Surprisingly common! Submit inappropriate supporting documentation, such as including a picture of you at age 6 months when the application asks for you to include a photo, or including a copy of your arrest record as a reference! (this really happened!) No one can read your application. The use of fancy, hard-to-read script typefaces on your essay, or handwriting that even a doctor would be ashamed of.

Spelling errors! Even ONE spelling error can doom your application! Remember, if you do not take the time to spell-check your application, the judges won't take the time to read it! YES, I know that these seem like common-sense mistakes, ones that very few students would make... but these ARE the most common mistakes, made by 75% or MORE of all applicants! Last summer, I sat on a judging committee, and fully 96% of the applications contained THREE or more of the above errors. Why so many students make these mistakes is beyond me - but I hope after reading this, you will not be one of them!

10 Tips dan Trik Mendapatkan Aplikasi Beasiswa

Top Ten Tips for Winning Scholarship Applications -- by Kay Peterson, Ph.D. at FastWeb

Before you submit your scholarship application, check out these tips, provided by scholarship sponsors nationwide.

Tip #1: Apply only if you are eligible. Read all the scholarship requirements and directions carefully to make sure you're eligible before you send in your application.

Tip #2: Complete the application in full. If a question doesn't apply, note that on the application. Don't just leave a blank. Supply all additional supporting material, such as transcripts, letters of recommendation and essays.

Tip #3: Follow directions. Provide everything that's required, but don't supply things that aren't requested—you could be disqualified.

Tip #4: Neatness counts. Always type your application, or if you must print, do so neatly and legibly. Make a couple of photocopies of all the forms before you fill them out. Use the copies as working drafts as you develop your application packet.

Tip #5: Write an essay that makes a strong impression. The key to writing a strong essay is to be personal and specific. Include concrete details to make your experience come alive: the who, what, where, and when of your topic. The simplest experience can be monumental if you present honestly how you were affected.

Tip #6: Watch all deadlines. To help keep yourself on track, impose your own deadline that is at least two weeks prior to the official deadline. Use the buffer time to make sure everything is ready on time. Don't rely on extensions—very few scholarship providers allow them at all.

Tip #7: Make sure your application gets where it needs to go. Put your name (and Social Security number, if applicable) on all pages of the application. Pieces of your application may get lost unless they are clearly identified.

Tip #8: Keep a back-up file in case anything goes wrong. Before sending the application, make a copy of the entire packet. If your application goes astray, you'll be able to reproduce it quickly.

Tip #9: Give it a final "once-over." Proofread the entire application carefully. Be on the lookout for misspelled words or grammatical errors. Ask a friend, teacher or parent to proofread it as well.

Tip #10: Ask for help if you need it. If you have problems with the application, don't hesitate to call the funding organization.

Sample Application Request Letter

Here is a sample of a letter containing scholarship request. ------------- Date (Scholarship) Coordinator Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute 504 C Street, NE Washington, DC 20002 Dear Scholarship Coordinator:

I recently learned of the (scholarship/internship/fellowship) offered by your organization. I believe I would make an ideal candidate. Please send me an application and any other information pertaining to the (scholarship). I have enclosed a self-addressed stamped envelope for your convenience. Thank you for your assistance. I look forward to receiving the requested paperwork.

Sincerely, (your signature) (Your mailing address)

Preparing the Application

Filling out the scholarship application is a fact of life when seeking scholarships. Unfortunately, there is no generic form or format; each scholarship fund has its own methods and information needs. Some scholarships such as The Annual Signet Classic Scholarship Essay Contest offers no application form at all; submissions are accompanied by a letter with a required set of information. You should plan to spend 10-15 hours per scholarship application. This estimate includes gathering materials, filling out application, preparing the package and writing a short essay. Now it’s time to add efficiency to your skills because the preparation of scholarship applications is something of a production line process where efficiency will save you time and help you avoid errors

High Demand Materials Obtain or create a number of copies of materials that will be requested over and over again. Frequently requested documents might include transcripts, financial aid forms or copies of tax returns, resumes, letters of recommendation or photographs. Your efficiency in preparing scholarship packages will be astronomically enhanced by being able to simply pluck the requested documents from the document holders filed in your scholarship three ring binder.

Multi-Tasking
In most cases, applying for a scholarship means writing an essay. Look for opportunities to use those scholarship essays to fulfill class requirements as well. If you need to write an essay for your government course, you might as well write on the topic of "a current elected public official in the United States, who is acting courageously to address a political issue at the local, state, national, or international level". Then you can submit your homework assignment to "The John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest". Or, if you need to read a book and write a report on some aspect of the reading, plan to read "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde and submit your book report to the "Annual Signet Classic Scholarship Essay Contest". We particularly appreciate the requirements of the "The CollegeProwler Essay Competition". This competition requires that you submit up to three college application essays that you have already written and submitted. Now that’s a great example of the power of reuse, recycle.

The Scholarship Cover Letter The application cover letter conveys the package from you to the funding organization. It is one more opportunity to demonstrate professionalism and knowledge of appropriate business etiquette. If possible, make a determination to whom the letter should be addressed. Be sure you have that individual’s name and title spelled correctly. Avoid using either, "Dear Sir" or " Dear Madam " In the body of the letter, express your pleasure at the opportunity to submit your application for the specific award you are seeking. It’s always useful to add a sentence praising the work or the mission of the funding organization. Close the letter by expressing your enthusiasm for participating in the process and always thank the recipient for their time and consideration.

Forms and Documents The scholarship application form introduces you to the judges. You need to make that introduction as crisp and business-like as possible. Make copies of the application form so that you can create a working draft. Use that draft to complete the final application form. Type the application form if at all possible. Don’t use fancy fonts; stick with standard business fonts like Times New Roman or Arial. Legibility and neatness are extremely important. Your application can be eliminated if it cannot be easily read. Put your name on every page of the application. Many funds prefer that applications be free of staples so they are easier to photocopy or distribute. That means there is the potential for parts of your application to become lost. Placing your name on every page gives your application a fighting chance of being reconstituted if a page or two gets waylaid during the process. Answer every question. If you don’t believe that a question applies to you, don’t leave it blank – it could be judged incomplete. Don’t mark the question N/A, not applicable. The evaluators may have a different point of view on its applicability and can disqualify you for failing to complete the form. Instead, answer the question if you can. If the question is truly not applicable, write a sentence that describes your situation.


For example, if the question is,"What is your military history?" it is preferable to write "I have never served in the military" rather than leave it blank or write N/A Check, check and re-check for typos. Enlist help in this review. It is very hard to proof read your own material. Inevitably, your mind’s eye reads what you thought you wrote, not what actually made it onto the page. A fresh reader will catch the words that you missed and find the spelling problems. If there is one thing we learned from speaking with funders, it is that simple errors will remove you from the competition much more quickly than listing too few club activities. Even if you are not class valedictorian or community volunteer of the year or a survivor of some horrific circumstances with a heroic story to tell, you can still be in the finalist round by being sure you spelled the name of the scholarship fund correctly and attending to all of the other minor details that will make your application perfectly correct and therefore worthy of consideration. Place the requested documents in the package in the order that they are requested. This consistency makes it easier for evaluators to locate information. It’s also simpler for you to check the documents against the list of requirements. Do not add documents that have not been requested. There are many scholarship guides in the press that encourage you to add additional materials as a way for you to show your creativity and make your application unique. Judging by the available data, if you create an error-free, neat and timely application package, you will have already distinguished your application as unique. Additional materials:

  • Give the impression that you think the funders don’t really know what they need

  • Can disqualify you in some competitions

  • Makes your application more difficult to manage and consequently more likely to be eliminated

Some advice givers swear by the "additional material" strategy. We don’t. You are better served by focusing on making your application shine, using the structure requested by the funder. Do not staple documents together unless directed to do so. It is always reasonable to use paper clips to keep materials tidy. Do not place the application in a special folder unless directed to do so. The place to be creative and innovative is in the preparation of your essay. When preparing the applications, just follow the directions you are given. Make a complete copy of the application before you send it. Don’t skip the transcript or the financial aid statement because you know those are included; it is always important to have a complete record of everything you send the funder in exactly the form it was received by the funder. Use an envelope that will hold your application without folding it. As a matter of presentation, the application will look better without creases. Send the application "return receipt requested" or use a delivery service like FedEx that allows you to track the package’s path and verify who signed for it. In this way you will have proof that the application was received by the organization. If you do not receive verification within the appropriate length of time, follow up. You won’t have a chance at the scholarship if the application never makes it to the in-box. The Bottom Line The scholarship application is a paper model of you. Make sure your application is professional and compelling.

How to Building The Perfect Resume

A good resume is vital. It is your calling card to a prospective employer--one that lays out your qualifications and hopefully gets you a job interview. Remember, most employers will spend less than five minutes initially reviewing your resume. Follow these guidelines to make sure your resume gets you noticed Be sure to include these basics:

  • Contact information: full name, phone number, school and permanent address, and e-mail address.

  • Education: school, degree, date of completion, honors, and special course work. If you are still in school, provide your expected date of completion.

  • Experience: In addition to work history, include relevant non-professional experience, such as internships, extracurricular activities, and significant volunteer work.

  • Skills: List any computer systems, office equipment, and software programs you are familiar with, as well as particular office skills (shorthand, typing speed, etc.).

  • Other Categories: If they are relevant, include publications, awards, leadership positions, or other notable achievements. There are many different ways to organize your resume. The most basic formats include:

  • Chronological: To emphasize your work history, list your jobs and activities, beginning with your most recent experiences.

  • Functional: To emphasize your skill sets, group your experiences under categorical headings, such as Leadership or Technology Support.

The key is to pick a format that presents your achievements most effectively--as well as being easy to read and comprehend. Tips for a Winning Resume:
  • Keep it brief. Limit your resume to one page. Instead of paragraphs, use bullet-pointed lists.

  • Provide meaningful descriptions of your experiences. When detailing your job history, use short sentences or fragments to demonstrate your relevant experience.

  • Use strong action words ("developed and implemented a new filing system "; "created two new membership programs ").

  • Use formatting to help you out. Capitalize and use boldface, italics, or underlining to help organize the information.

  • Proofread. Use spell-check, double-check your contact information, and make sure your formatting is consistent. Ask a friend or family member to proofread it as well.

  • Custom fit your resume. Revise your resume for each job application to make sure it fits the opportunity at hand.

The final test: Take a look at your resume from an arms distance. Is it confusing and text-heavy? Or is it easy to find the information you need? Please be sure your resume is reader-friendly

Note: Source: Kay Peterson, Ph.D., Fastweb

Step by Step For Winning Scholarship Application

How to get scolarship easily ? Dear all, Since many people asked me for some tips on how to get scholarship, I think I just write it down for everyone. Remember, this is what I think and what happened to me. This is does not mean that the content is absolute truth. How to get scholarship, step by step:
  1. Lay an eye to particular scholarship.I usually look at scholarship advertisment. If I found it interested, then I will apply. Although it is possible to find the department where you want to study first then apply the scholarship, I don`t do that because usually the nominal of scholarship is small. I am only interested to fully funding scholarship. Some scholarship, however, request you to apply officially to university and get accepted before apply the scholarship (mostly European scholarship I think)
  2. Get the scholarship form and read it carefullyMake sure that you are elligible to the scholarship, you are within the age range, the topic you want is included, your background is acceptable etc. Some scholarship is mainly for gov. employee, some are for age 35 and below, you fulfil the minimum language requirements etc.
  3. Find the university you want to goMake sure that you know where you want to go. Only very few scholarship that just want you to write down what subject you want to do and you can choose the university later. Again, check the requirements carefully
  4. Collecting the requirementBe very careful with the requirement. If it requires international TOEFL/IELTS, then do it. If it is not specified, better ask than sorry. If it asked for 2 recommendations, get two, some even specifically asked for direct supervisor, make sure you get it as well. Some scholarship request you to develop contact with the department you want to study, then try to get it.
  5. Make sure that your application is "selling"Imagine yourself the person who need to select which application is acceptable, which is not. That person need to look hundreds and maybe thousands of application. Make sure that your application is neat, clear, concise, to the point and rich instead making it a flowery boring story that nobody want to finish reading it. Think, what is your strong point that makes you different from others, what is the founder agenda etc. Also make sure that when they say one page explanation, it`s one page. Try to put as much related information in the limited space
  6. Pay attention to deadline
Things to consider:
  1. Scholarship cost lots of money. Think that it is the founder investing the money on you. What can you give them in return. Therefore you must have a clear idea why you want to take the degree, why it is important for you to take that degree, what your future plan is, how the degree will support your plan, what is the benefit of your degree and knowledge for you, for your office, for your country and for the founder. Remember, no need to bluffing and saying things like "solving poverty problem in Indonesia" but be more specific and achievable such enhancing teaching language curriculum in University ABC, particularly in terms of develooping comprehensive student learning by doing approach. You must have the confidence that you need the degree, you can do it, and you can implement your knowledge in your work
  2. Master and above degree is not a path to get a job. I was wrong and tought master is sellable to get a better job. To some extend yes, but it is actually wiser to think that master should be used to enhance your qualification at work. Therefore, make sure that your educational background, your work and your proposed study are matched, or at least try to matched them
  3. Have confidence. Technically, passing the administration selection is the most difficult part. Possibility for a person to pass interview is much higher than passing the administration part. If you keep failing in the interview part, means that you are not really clear about your own proposed study (or you can`t express it well). During the interview, make sure that it is you that lead the interview, you should elaborate each question, and it is quite important to be original. Sometimes it looks nice if you quote from other sources (to make you look smarter). I like to quote Confucius saying during interview. During my interview for ASF, the major question was, "why do you want to this topic, and why you do it in South China? ." The answer: "Majority of research in this issue discuss the problems that occur in North China. If I do it in the north like other scholars, what will be my additional value? The project will use new approach in looking at the China`s one child policy beyond the common pattern where instead of comparing single and non single child, I compare male and female single child. That is my scholarly contribution for the discourse. Later one of the professor said that he is very impress with that answer, because they looking for original approach. So, make sure that you have the confidence, you have the educational background in that issue, and you seems know what you are going to do,
  4. Get the requirements they want Make sure that you can fulfil all the requirements. It is very useful if you have some additional things that you can offer. In my situation, I get involve with lots of social organisations dealing with HIV, drug abuse, community empowerment etc. Since I am doing social studies, these are very positive addition for my applications. Trainings, seminars, articles are important too.