We know, we go on and on about how you need to research a
scholarship before you apply for one. And then, before your interview, you
should do even more research!
But a lot of you must be wondering, what does researching a
scholarship entail? And how do I go about it?
Wonder no more, we have prepared a step-by-step guide to
researching scholarships that will get you fully prepared for application,
interview, and (hopefully) acceptance. Read on.
Step 1: Look up Scholarship Details on BrightSparks
Your first step in researching scholarships should be the
BrightSparks magazine and portal. Not because we run it, but because it
provides a comprehensive listing of scholarships on offer, and a handy
comparison table so you can narrow down which organisation(s) you want to shoot
Also, information on BrightSparks is tailored to an
organisation’s scholarship offerings. This means the write-ups and quotes on
our portal are specifically for applicants like you. Often, they show what the
organisation is like as an employer, rather than what it does (which is the
emphasis of most official websites).
Step 2: Browse through the organisation’s official
Now that you’ve got an idea of what organisations offer in
terms of scholarships, it’s time to look into the organisations themselves.
For this, there’s no better place to start than their
official website, and any social accounts they may have like Telegram, LinkedIN
or Facebook. Read extensively through these to get a full picture of what the
organisation stands for and what work it is involved in.
Step 3: Dig deep into past projects and future
Building on the last point, it is vital to learn about an
organisation’s work in detail. Don’t just skim the website and memorise their
mission statement, that won’t help during your interview.
Instead, hit the news sites for past projects and how they
are panning out. Industry blogs and websites will also have information of
trends in the sector that the organisation might want to get involved in. Check
all of these – and see if they apply to you!
Step 4: Attend networking events, sign up for an
internship and speak to relevant individuals
At this point, you should be fairly certain if this is an
organisation you want to apply for or not. If it is, then it’s time to dig even
Start networking aggressively, be it through looking up
former scholars and asking about their experience, or attending seminars and events
(and make sure you stay after to speak to the presenter if possible!).
If time permits, many scholarship providers highly recommend
taking up an internship. And so do we! It’s the best way to experience work “on
the ground”, and really decide if this is the place for you. We need to add
that it looks great on your application as well, as nothing signals commitment
like giving up your holidays for relevant work experience.
Step 5: Organise the information and work on how it
applies to YOU
Information is useless without application. Now that you
have thoroughly researched the scholarship, you need to gather your thoughts
and organise all the facts you have on hand.
At this point, you can start making your final decision as
to whether you want to apply or not. And if you do apply, what do you want to
mention on your application? Use these questions to guide your thinking and put
what you’ve learnt about the organisation to good use!
Now that you know how to research a scholarship– attend the
upcoming BrightSparks Virtual Fair happening on 23 and 24 Feb to learn more
about scholarship opportunities. Click here for more details on the event!