In today’s Q&A section, Tia inquires about scholarships, U.S. universities, and how to find the schools that give scholarship for international students.
You gave very good information about aid.
Can you tell me how to know which university is giving how much scholarship?
And if I am applying for PhD in biology, then how shall I find the right university and apply?
Applying for PhD
Applying for a PhD program is not the same as applying for a master’s. In fact, you can find answers to related questions here – I need 5 Universities that give Scholarship for PhD.
I’d like to highlight the same fact again. If you are applying for PhD for the sake of getting aid but at the same time you’re planning to graduate with a master’s degree after 2 years, then please don’t apply for PhD.
To do research, it requires commitment and lots of passion. Usually, all PhD students will get funded by the university or by the supervising professor.
So you have to select the school based on your research interest. If you are not sure about research and the time involved, I suggest that you take time to read and learn from this great article – Life of PhD Students.
University with Scholarship
You are not the only person trying to find definitive answers to the above question. Almost every international student applying to US Colleges is looking for some form of funding (aid, scholarship, fellowship, etc.).
According to the Open Doors study, only 30% of international students receive some form of aid, and 70% of them pay from their savings or from their parents’ money.
Having said that, you have to try to get aid, it’s not given to you as gift. You have to work hard and earn it.
If you have good academic qualifications, a university will give it to you. Usually, most PhD students will get some form of aid along with admission.
If you don’t receive aid after you come to the U.S., you have to impress the deciding professor. After one or two semesters, you can get financial support.
Above all, you need to find U.S. schools that have research areas that interest you. Don’t just go to a school where your friend has said is giving aid to all students.
The satisfaction you get by selecting schools on your own is much better, compared to having some consultant doing the work for you.
So these are the things you will need to do:
- Read the research article using the above link
- Decide if you really want to do PhD
- Search for schools that offer PhD in your research area of interest
- Apply to the PhD Program
- Enjoy your research and commit yourself to it
- Scholarship and funding will come to you.
Related: The PhD Experience: What’s Involved?