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How To Secure A Scholarship Admission To Canadian Universities by Jengbetiele: 6:51pm On Dec 26, 2015
Sequel to numerous of private messages enquiries I got after my two posts http://www.nairaland.com/2822230/having-tough-time-academics-read and http://www.nairaland.com/2432779/funny-jjc-experience-canada . There is a common objective in all the mails received. Similarly going by most of the quotes, replies and mentions on the thread it became obvious that everyone wants to know how to secure a scholarship in Canadian universities for graduate programs at master’s level and PhD. The aim of this thread to give detailed step by step procedures during the application phase. Needless to say that when you secure a full scholarship admission in a foreign university, the chances you will be given the visa is 95 percent. They rarely deny or delay scholars . Let’s get started

Graduate programs are basically of two types in Canada. The first being thesis or research based admission and the second project route admission. While thesis based is meant for researchers and people who would not mind a PhD in the near future, project based is mainly suited for students who would prefer to work in the industry hence most project based programs have a coop or work term component…don’t be confused na just IT…but paid IT and it usually runs for 4 months.

Due to the nature of thesis based master’s degree, it is usually more rigorous and highly competitive you know how money matter dey always be now hahahha and as a result, you are given a full scholarship from basically three sources. The first is School of graduate studies; the second is your home department while the third is from Research assistant role or teaching assistant role.
The accumulation of these funds runs in thousands of dollars paid to you per annum. They deduct your tuition and other expenses and pay you the rest on a bi-weekly basis. It is worthy of mention to state explicitly that once you apply for a thesis route masters degree, you need not apply for any other scholarship separately. It comes together like bread and butter in most cases hahahaha. And when you are admitted and you get funding from an external source, they stop the one that comes with your admission hahahahaha you wan hammer ontop scholarship money abi? .

Now the big question is how do I qualify and/or what are the basic requirements. Well for the most part, you need a CGPA of nothing less than a 75 percent in your undergraduate. This is equivalent to a 3.5 on a 5.0 scale. Depending on your choice of program, you may need Gmat or GRE and probably IELTS too as part of supporting documents. As earlier stated the competition is always very fierce. My supervisor told me over 700 applicants submitted while just 15 were chosen. Hence you need to be that irresistible and promising young scholar.

This is where creating a scholarly profile comes in. It is not a requirement most times but I recommend including your scholarly publications in your application and certificates of membership of academic bodies. If you are still an undergraduate, hope still dey. Join IEEE, AIESEC and all these student organizations. And try write some articles also. I did it so you can do it too. Just research and stop being lazy like me hahahha. Moreover, you will need to write a clear and concise statement of purpose clearly stating your research interest and your academic feats. All these writings no be big deal. They are just a perfect avenue to sell yourself to the review panel and make them pee in their pants hahahahhaa thereby creating that enthusiasm to sign you. All these would further strengthen your case and make your application more competitive. As a matter of fact I included all these when I was applying even certificates of presentations and participations in academic conferences in Nigeria.

One of the hurdles in securing a thesis admission is getting a supervisor. That can be very frustrating as I went through the same too. So my advice here is draft a very unique proposal. Not just the normal template we see around. Be creative an instance when I was writing mine I wrote something likes “Sir I read your publications titled database blab blab la bla. While it is educative and interesting if adopted in today’s world of computing, I would like to specifically state that combining your methodology with so so so approach could create a more efficient database system…..I made logical suggestions to one of his works while indirectly critiquing others hahahaha try this with a naija professor at your peril hahahahaha. So write a catchy proposal. Because even if you have a first class, and you can’t get a supervisor, you won’t be admitted. Though some universities do merge student automatically the supervisor of aligning interest but most of them won’t do that.

Above all, pray for favour and goodluck because sometimes the race is not to the swift hahahahaha. Before I return my pen into basket of love, I wish you a prosperous 2016 in advance.

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Re: How To Secure A Scholarship Admission To Canadian Universities by Nobody: 6:56pm On Dec 26, 2015
Nice post already and this is what majority of what Nigerian youths need to see and read more in.

God bless you.

Others interested in searching for scholarships,
the following sites might be useful to you:

--http://www.collegereap.com/

--http://opportunitiesforafricans.com/

--http://afterschoolafrica.com/


Even more latest Scholarships, I just went online again to research them, opportunity made possible by the OP

Here is a compilation you may want to check out:

[b]
Apply for Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme 2016 in UK Universities


Clarendon Fund Scholarships for International Students 2016/2017

Call for Application: YALI Regional Leadership Center Fellowship Program for Southern Africa, Pretoria (Fully Funded)

East African Development Bank Scholarship Program 2016 for STEM (Fully Funded Study in the USA)


2016 Dorothy Marchus Senesh Fellowship in Peace and Development Studies for Women from Developing Countries

25th BBC World Service/ British Council International Play Writing Competition 2016

2016 McKinsey And Company Next Generation Women Leaders Program (Fully Funded workshop in Paris from May 12-14, 2016.)


2016 FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar Scholarship for Postgraduate International Study


2016/2017 Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa (LAWA) Fellowship Program at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., USA (Funded)

Overseas Development Institute Fellowship Scheme 2016/2018 for Young Postgraduates from Developing Countries.
[/b]

Even more additions

SCHOLARSHIP FOR UNDERGRADUATE, MASTERS AND PHD
Swedish Institute Study Scholarships (SISS)


Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa (LAWA) Fellowship Program 2014/2015

Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarships for Women in Africa, Europe and the Middle East 2016/2017

2016 Facebook Internet.org Innovation Challenge Africa ($USD 250,000+ Prize for Internet Based Solutions).

Undergraduate MasterCard Foundation Scholarships at Duke University, USA 2016


The ball is in your court now!

Lalasticlala... ARISE!

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Re: How To Secure A Scholarship Admission To Canadian Universities by brunofarad(m): 7:07pm On Dec 26, 2015
Hmmmm
Educative and
Informative
Re: How To Secure A Scholarship Admission To Canadian Universities by ventoh: 7:24pm On Dec 26, 2015
Nice read

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Re: How To Secure A Scholarship Admission To Canadian Universities by kennynelcon(m): 7:54pm On Dec 26, 2015
Guy God bless.
Re: How To Secure A Scholarship Admission To Canadian Universities by andyxyler(m): 8:23pm On Dec 26, 2015
Thanks for the info
Re: How To Secure A Scholarship Admission To Canadian Universities by spicyuzo(m): 8:50am On Dec 27, 2015
Thanks for your dedication towards shining the light of on the path of success.....
As you strive to help us attain success, so shall you continue to excel in all your endeavors...

Thanks for the useful info.

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Re: How To Secure A Scholarship Admission To Canadian Universities by abuhubaidah: 2:41pm On Dec 27, 2015
Jengbetiele:
Sequel to numerous of private messages enquiries I got after my two posts http://www.nairaland.com/2822230/having-tough-time-academics-read and http://www.nairaland.com/2432779/funny-jjc-experience-canada . There is a common objective in all the mails received. Similarly going by most of the quotes, replies and mentions on the thread it became obvious that everyone wants to know how to secure a scholarship in Canadian universities for graduate programs at master’s level and PhD. The aim of this thread to give detailed step by step procedures during the application phase. Needless to say that when you secure a full scholarship admission in a foreign university, the chances you will be given the visa is 95 percent. They rarely deny or delay scholars . Let’s get started

Graduate programs are basically of two types in Canada. The first being thesis or research based admission and the second project route admission. While thesis based is meant for researchers and people who would not mind a PhD in the near future, project based is mainly suited for students who would prefer to work in the industry hence most project based programs have a coop or work term component…don’t be confused na just IT…but paid IT and it usually runs for 4 months.

Due to the nature of thesis based master’s degree, it is usually more rigorous and highly competitive you know how money matter dey always be now hahahha and as a result, you are given a full scholarship from basically three sources. The first is School of graduate studies; the second is your home department while the third is from Research assistant role or teaching assistant role.
The accumulation of these funds runs in thousands of dollars paid to you per annum. They deduct your tuition and other expenses and pay you the rest on a bi-weekly basis. It is worthy of mention to state explicitly that once you apply for a thesis route masters degree, you need not apply for any other scholarship separately. It comes together like bread and butter in most cases hahahaha. And when you are admitted and you get funding from an external source, they stop the one that comes with your admission hahahahaha you wan hammer ontop scholarship money abi? .

Now the big question is how do I qualify and/or what are the basic requirements. Well for the most part, you need a CGPA of nothing less than a 75 percent in your undergraduate. This is equivalent to a 3.5 on a 5.0 scale. Depending on your choice of program, you may need Gmat or GRE and probably IELTS too as part of supporting documents. As earlier stated the competition is always very fierce. My supervisor told me over 700 applicants submitted while just 15 were chosen. Hence you need to be that irresistible and promising young scholar.

This is where creating a scholarly profile comes in. It is not a requirement most times but I recommend including your scholarly publications in your application and certificates of membership of academic bodies. If you are still an undergraduate, hope still dey. Join IEEE, AIESEC and all these student organizations. And try write some articles also. I did it so you can do it too. Just research and stop being lazy like me hahahha. Moreover, you will need to write a clear and concise statement of purpose clearly stating your research interest and your academic feats. All these writings no be big deal. They are just a perfect avenue to sell yourself to the review panel and make them pee in their pants hahahahhaa thereby creating that enthusiasm to sign you. All these would further strengthen your case and make your application more competitive. As a matter of fact I included all these when I was applying even certificates of presentations and participations in academic conferences in Nigeria.

One of the hurdles in securing a thesis admission is getting a supervisor. That can be very frustrating as I went through the same too. So my advice here is draft a very unique proposal. Not just the normal template we see around. Be creative an instance when I was writing mine I wrote something likes “Sir I read your publications titled database blab blab la bla. While it is educative and interesting if adopted in today’s world of computing, I would like to specifically state that combining your methodology with so so so approach could create a more efficient database system…..I made logical suggestions to one of his works while indirectly critiquing others hahahaha try this with a naija professor at your peril hahahahaha. So write a catchy proposal. Because even if you have a first class, and you can’t get a supervisor, you won’t be admitted. Though some universities do merge student automatically the supervisor of aligning interest but most of them won’t do that.

Above all, pray for favour and goodluck because sometimes the race is not to the swift hahahahaha. Before I return my pen into basket of love, I wish you a prosperous 2016 in advance.
please for undergraduate:-how can I apply into a vocational school and which English proficiency exam do I need?Thanks
Re: How To Secure A Scholarship Admission To Canadian Universities by epistlegcfr: 2:48pm On Dec 27, 2015
smiley smiley Op you have a heart of gold. Thank you for this information

Lalasticlala

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Re: How To Secure A Scholarship Admission To Canadian Universities by Iyalodeofcanada: 2:51pm On Dec 27, 2015
No agent will tell you all this even if you pay them.information is key information is power!!!

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Re: How To Secure A Scholarship Admission To Canadian Universities by mohammad11: 3:58pm On Dec 27, 2015
Thanks op
Oya start the preparation to realise the hope of getting a scholarship!
Re: How To Secure A Scholarship Admission To Canadian Universities by Hayfeez(m): 7:28pm On Dec 27, 2015
Thanks OP.

I have a question however,
I am planning on writing a TOEFL exam in the coming months.

Is this also generally accepted in place of IELTS? Or Canada prefers IELTS?
Re: How To Secure A Scholarship Admission To Canadian Universities by clevadani: 8:39pm On Dec 27, 2015
thanks for this op
Re: How To Secure A Scholarship Admission To Canadian Universities by Sunnycliff(m): 8:41pm On Dec 27, 2015
The Beauty of Nairaland is gradually been returned as we now have worthwhile information gracing our front page. Kudos Moderators but reduce the level of your bannings o, na new year we de enter so!!

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Re: How To Secure A Scholarship Admission To Canadian Universities by jamex93(m): 8:41pm On Dec 27, 2015
Ok
Re: How To Secure A Scholarship Admission To Canadian Universities by bunmioguns(m): 8:42pm On Dec 27, 2015
cool
Re: How To Secure A Scholarship Admission To Canadian Universities by VickyRotex(f): 8:42pm On Dec 27, 2015
Nice information for peeps. Keep it up Op. cool
Re: How To Secure A Scholarship Admission To Canadian Universities by fejikudz(m): 8:44pm On Dec 27, 2015
space
Re: How To Secure A Scholarship Admission To Canadian Universities by boboLIL(m): 8:44pm On Dec 27, 2015
Nice one
Re: How To Secure A Scholarship Admission To Canadian Universities by ultrazone(m): 8:44pm On Dec 27, 2015
Nice.

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Re: How To Secure A Scholarship Admission To Canadian Universities by Saurab: 8:44pm On Dec 27, 2015
Nice article but your laugh sounds silly. Laughing where there no need to. Hahahahaha. Only God knows how you talk in real life.

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Re: How To Secure A Scholarship Admission To Canadian Universities by tiamiyukunle69(m): 8:44pm On Dec 27, 2015
The fastest and easiest means is getting a supervisor. I missed out twice cos I could not get a supervisor to finance and supervise my research. I was told I'm very much qualified especially as a Vet Doc but potential supervisors don't have financial capabilities at this time. I hope to get a supervisor when I try again for my PhD in few years' time....

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Re: How To Secure A Scholarship Admission To Canadian Universities by Toeyoursea(m): 8:45pm On Dec 27, 2015
OP nothing for undergraduate
Re: How To Secure A Scholarship Admission To Canadian Universities by Oludrex(m): 8:46pm On Dec 27, 2015
@Op 3.5 of 5 is 70% which is less than 75%

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Re: How To Secure A Scholarship Admission To Canadian Universities by siegfried99(m): 8:46pm On Dec 27, 2015
Cool
Re: How To Secure A Scholarship Admission To Canadian Universities by thaotech(m): 8:47pm On Dec 27, 2015
Thank you. OP
Re: How To Secure A Scholarship Admission To Canadian Universities by ambassadorgozie(m): 8:48pm On Dec 27, 2015
bleeping interested..make I port here
Re: How To Secure A Scholarship Admission To Canadian Universities by teebaxy(m): 8:51pm On Dec 27, 2015
Rubbish, will you Also tell us how to secure scholarship Admission to Nigerian universities, I have friends in Canada that wants to come and school in Nigeria but they don't have funds

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Re: How To Secure A Scholarship Admission To Canadian Universities by Franchise21(m): 8:54pm On Dec 27, 2015
OK
Re: How To Secure A Scholarship Admission To Canadian Universities by movicy(m): 8:55pm On Dec 27, 2015
is there nothing like dat 4 undergraduate ?

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