10 Top Masters Scholarships In Nigeria For Graduate Students In 2020
There are hundreds of scholarship schemes to which Nigerian graduates pursuing Masters’ degrees can apply. Whereas some of these scholarships reward winners with specific sums of money, several others offer to help the winners shoulder significant portions of their tuition fees.
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Master’s scholarships, just like the ones at other academic levels, open a window of opportunities for graduates willing to pursue degrees in postgraduate programmes. Essentially, such opportunities could come as fee waivers or other sorts of academic funding sponsored by charity groups and government bodies.
Without the exception of Master’s scholarships, most academic support schemes (often touted as scholarships) spell out conditions that applicants must meet before their applications can prove successful. In the light of this, we’ve carefully conducted our findings about Master’s scholarships and so, below are the top Master’s scholarship guidelines that anyone seeking postgraduate education should know.
Planning Ahead is Key
Applying for a Master’s scholarship isn’t something you should handle haphazardly so that you don’t end up with disappointment. Admittedly, one of the ingredients for successful scholarship applications at the Master’s level is proper planning.
Planning, on one hand, helps you determine the number of scholarships you should apply for as well as the other things you should put in place for a successful application. One the other hand, planning requires you to set aside ample time for all that you will require in the process of your application.
1.Submitting a Befitting Application Is Essential
Your application for a Master’s degree scholarship will tell a lot about your capabilities to the sponsor(s). Therefore, you should make every required effort to incorporate in your application, those reasons why you deserve the Master’s scholarship you’re applying for.
Observably, some Master’s scholarships are intended to encourage people’s participation in postgraduate studies while several others aim to sponsor efforts in a particular academic field. In the light of this, you have to familiarize yourself with the goals, aims or objectives of any Master’s scholarship you’re applying for.
2.Being Conversant with the Criteria for Your Chosen Scholarship
There are usually criteria for any scholarships you’re applying for at various academic levels. So, the Master’s level is no exception as sponsors of postgraduate scholarships do specify the conditions for eligibility. You should find out whether your chosen Master’s scholarship is exclusively for nationals of a particular country, foreign students from less-privileged countries, graduates of a specific university or students from a particular region.
Having full knowledge of eligibility details can save you the stress of applying for a scholarship which you don’t fit into.
3.Knowing What Your Application Is Expected to Contain
There are certain essential details the sponsor(s) of a particular scholarship expect to see in applications. If your application lacks any of such details, it could mean that you’re jeopardizing your chances of being selected.
Scholarships at Master’s level may require your application to contain crucial details such as a personal statement (this should clearly state the reason(s) why you’re deserving of the funding), details of your desired Master’s course and evidence of funding requirements (depending on whether the scholarship sponsors prefer selecting applicants with other funding at their disposal).
4.Finding out What the Scholarship Truly Funds
You should always be ready to know the nitty-gritty of any Master’s scholarship you’re applying for. This is because some scholarships only help you waiver your academic fees while others help bear some part of your living costs. If your chosen scholarship only funds your academic fees, you may want to integrate a Master’s degree loan or certain other funding schemes with your postgraduate education.
Of course, having detailed knowledge of what your desired scholarship takes care of can save your face from financial difficulty in the course of your postgraduate education.
It is worthy of note that some Masters’ scholarships qualify their winners for free academic programmes into specific institutions while certain others reward them with cash prizes with which they can enroll into the institutions of their choice.
Helpfully, this article provides a list of the 10 top Masters’ scholarships for Nigerian graduates in 2020.
Essentially, most of these scholarships are available to students pursuing degrees at BSc, Masters and PhD levels while only few of them are exclusively for enrolment into Masters-specific programmes.
Voice Talent Online Scholarship (2020-2021)
This scholarship scheme challenges students pursuing Masters, BSc or PhD degrees to engage in a writing competition. While this scholarship was initiated in 2018, it requires applicants to submit blog posts (with the count of 300-600 words) on either of the two focus areas (i) Talking the Lingo: Why You Must Go Local for Global Success, and (ii) Robot vs. Human –Voice and Consumer Behaviour. Winners of this scholarship get a cash prize of $1000.
Essay Writing Scholarship for Student
This scholarship is available to students enrolling into Masters’, PhD or BSc programmes. Regarded as an all-inclusive scheme, it rewards winners with a cash prize worth $2500.
Finduddannelse.dk Sustainiability Scholarship
This is a scholarship exclusively for students at Masters’ level. The scholarship organizers claim they are committed to encouraging students whose research and job placements can positively impact on the world in future. Winners of this scholarship get a sum of 5000 euros.
Richard E. Morley Industrial Automation Scholarship
With its reward in the form of 20% decrease on winners’ entire tuition fees, this scholarship is available to students at Masters’ and BSc levels. The conditions for eligibility, as spelt out by the organizers, are going beyond the proficiency benchmark for English language and being a beginner student of Master of Engineering (studying Industrial Automation) or BSc student (studying Industrial Automation Engineering).
IELTS Exam Fee Waiver Scholarship
This scholarship is known for receiving an estimate of 5 million applicants from over 100 countries. A fully funded scholarship, IELTS Exam Fee Waiver Scholarship encourages students at BSc, PhD and Masters’ levels to obtain IELTS certifications which should avail them more academic opportunities.
The Katoni Scholarship –Supporting Cultural Projects
Available to students at BSc, Masters and PhD levels, the Katoni scholarship is a yearly support scheme that rewards its winners with DKK 10,000. The scholarship is aimed at providing students with financial assistance pertaining to their internships, occupations or education in a cultural framework encompassing traditions, arts, fashion, language, communications, etc.
$1500 Annual Essay Writing Contest Scholarship
Considered another academic opportunity for students pursuing PhD, Masters or BSc degrees, this scholarship is an annual support scheme for students with the proficiency of essay writing. Under the auspices of IvyPanda.com, this scholarship rewards only two winners with cash prizes, wherein the 1st winner and the runner-up winner get $1000 and $500 respectively.
The Manchester Full-time MBA Scholarships
This involves a host of scholarships with cash prizes ranging from £10,000 to £44,000. Touting themselves as providers of merit-based scholarships, the organizers of this scholarship scheme render assistance to the “most talented MBA candidates”.
Scholarship for the Best Candidates –Kozminski University
Regarded as a form of academic support for students pursuing BSc or Masters degrees, this scholarship helps relevant applicants of Kozminski University with 56% of their semester tuition fees. As per eligibility, applicants are expected to obtain good results from three written subjects of their choice in the matriculation exam (matura).
Writing Contest Scholarship
This is a scholarship offering a reward in the form of a $2000 cash prize to its winner(s) who must have excelled in its writing competition. While the scholarship is available to students pursuing PhD, Masters or BSc degrees, its goals are encouraging students to enhance their writing proficiency and stimulating them to participate in examination success.
Notably, we have discussed only 10 top Masters’ scholarships available to Nigerian graduates in 2020. While there are many more scholarships of this kind, we can categorically affirm that the listed scholarships are valid as of 2020 and can be accessed by Nigerians pursuing Masters’ degrees.
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