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- March 20, 2012
- Preferred qualification: Postgraduate | Preferred study destination: United States
Congratulations on finishing with distinction! There are scholarships opportunities available, though it is often difficult to secure funding as an international student. There are few opportunities at the federal level, so your best options will be with the universities themselves. You should start by compiling a list of universities that you're interested in applying to and searching their websites for scholarship and funding opportunities. The financial aid office will often be able to point you toward resources available to you as an international student. Another resource you may want to make use of is the Institute of International Education's scholarship database: http://www.fundingusstudy.org/.
Scholarship is based on Merit, what it means is:
First, scholarship is offered to 5% to 10% of the admitted (I-20) students. The good USA University per discipline receives approx 20,000 international student application and the student faculty ratio is 18:1. The international students’ acceptance rate in good USA University is around 33% (1/3) to 50% (1/2). Hence, it will be difficult to comment on your scholarship chances without proper research.
Second, scholarship is based on funding availability with the individual foreign university. The funding varies as it is based on company sponsorship for research which further depends on countries economy and companies need. The public university in addition receives Government funding which is not known to us. Hence, you need to communicate with individual university after sending your applications and requirement documents to know the scholarship chances.
Third, it is based on your GRE score. In few top universities, GRE (Sub) test is required which is known at the time of research or during application. Hence without the GRE score and/or GRE (Sub) score it will be difficult to comment on scholarship.
Fourth, every good USA University has a scholarship deadline which is normally a year in advance (October to December 2011) for the FALL (Aug/Sept 2012) intake. You need to complete all the admission requirements and documents including standardized test to meet scholarship deadline.
Fifth, the scholarship chances is more during FALL intake in comparison to SPRING intake as it is the major intake of USA and funding allocation department wise is done only once a year. The majority of the funds is allocated to FALL and the left over is used for SPRING. Moreover, few of the top USA University only offer one intake in a year which is FALL.
We being research based counseling firm follow the same procedure given above and would recommend you the same. I hope this helps.
All the best!