A Number of Questions

by Carol

I have been wondering since most of the scholarship offers I have come across require one to be already admitted to the university of choice how does one apply to a university knowing full well that they cannot afford to pay the fee unless they get a scholarship, on top of that some of the fees required for an application to be considered are quite high or is this also one of the huddles to overcome when looking for a scholarship?
Secondly, what advice would you give someone who cannot access their school transcripts for previous academic institutions due to fee arrears this is particularly common in my country?

Thirdly, regarding requirements of academic qualifications in your experience what do most sponsors ask for in terms of performance for example when they talk about good performance do they mean a straight A student or do they mean one must have performed well in particular subjects?

I would very much like to pursue a degree in economics and development studies but with this and many other challenges time is fast running out please help.

Thank you for all your time and efforts we are all very grateful.


You are correct, many scholarships are tied to a particular university.

Many universities in Europe do not charge a fee for applications and you can afford to throw in as many applications as possible. all you need to pay for is postage.

Many applications can be made on-line.

Other scholarships are not tied to a particular university. Institute of humane studies scholarships, women in business etc. come to mind.

As for transcripts, I am afraid you would have to get them one way or another.

Good performance means 2:1 for those with a degree but you will occasionally find scholarships available to students with a 2:2 especially if they can make a good research proposal.

For high school, it mostly means As but some sponsor irrespective of grades.


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by: frank

Those were great questions Carol! You hit the nail right on the head! these are some of the questions that bother me very much.
I have just read and to some extent I tend to disagree with Joe's comment that most Universities do not ask for an application fee. but what is the 50US$ for? that is equivalent to ksh3000.

Anyway am very excited that Joe will be in the country this weekend. Why dont we catch up for more? Am in Nairobi. Thanks.


As I said, many universities don't charge application fee. Some do but not all of them. The $50 would be the International Postage Fee if the University has to send you the application materials which you can get online.


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