Most Reputable Postgraduate Scholarships

By Jonathan Bales , last updated October 31, 2011

Any education after high school is expensive, but postgraduate school is especially costly. After college, many students begin to see their loans piling up and, without a regular income, they figure they need to enter the workforce. For many, the idea of taking on more debt is too much to handle. Some students, however, can qualify for postgraduate scholarships. There are a variety of postgraduate scholarships available, and every year students miss out on the opportunity to secure them. While students entering postgraduate school are usually among the brightest, there are not too many people with whom you need to compete for a postgraduate scholarship. The key is understanding where to look and how to obtain one. Read on for a few tips on how to get one of the most reputable postgraduate scholarships.

First, pick the school you would like to attend, as well your desired area of study. Visit their Financial Aid office to see if they offer any scholarships. Although there are not as many postgraduate degrees available as of the undergraduate variety, there is also far less competition. Ultimately, it may be easier to secure a postgraduate degree if you deserve one, as you should be able to get your name out there. To help you in your search for a postgraduate scholarship, take a look at a few of the best available.
The Marshall Scholarship is a prestigious opportunity which finances young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. Unfortunately, the 2012 application process is already closed. Thus, it is only an option for those looking for a scholarship in 2013 or beyond. The application process begins this spring. Similarly, the Kennedy Scholarship enables British postgraduate students to study at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
One of the most prestigious scholarships in the world is the Rhodes Scholarships, which allows recipients to have the chance to study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. This scholarship is noted as the oldest and possibly most prestigious international scholarship program in the world. The Rhodes Scholarship is so well-known that being the recipient of it can sometimes immediately get you a job.
Those who find themselves athletically gifted might look into the Walter Byers Post Graduate Scholarship Program. One man and one woman receive the scholarship each year. It is given to those with the best combination of mind and body, excelling both in the classroom and on the field. Similarly, the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Program gives a variety of awards to student-athletes at all levels, including those in post-graduate work. Although many of these are small stipends, some can be full tuition scholarships.
Ultimately, the key to finding the best postgraduate scholarship is to find and apply to as many as possible. You will undoubtedly get turned down for many of the scholarships for which you apply, but by applying to as many as possible, you will maximize your chances of receiving postgraduate funding.
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