i-Scholar Initiative (iSI) Scholarship 2021 Application Requirements

Are you a Nigerian Graduate? How self-driven are you? Do you desire to pursue a graduate study abroad, especially in the USA? Are you prepared to write the required exams? Have you got the aptitude but limited by the requisite resource?

If your answers are yes to all these questions, then read on.

In 2021, i-Scholar Initiative (iSI) plans to sponsor well-qualified candidates for one or a combination of two of the required standardized tests for foreign graduate school programs; Graduate Records Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

In Scope

  1. Each selected candidate will be sponsored for a GRE/GMAT, depending on their choice of graduate programs.
  2. To be sponsored for a TOEFL, the following conditions apply:
  • GRE candidates- a minimum of 300 cumulative scores in GRE will automatically qualify a candidate for TOEFL sponsorship.
  • GMAT Candidates: a minimum of 720 cumulative scores in GMAT will automatically qualify a candidate for TOEFL sponsorship.
  • If you qualify for a TOEFL, you must be prepared and ready to write the exam at the latest four weeks after your GRE or GMAT exam.
  • Payment of a predetermined number of graduate school admission application fees
  • iSI mentoring program

Eligibility

  • Graduate of an accredited African Institution with a minimum of Second Class Upper Grade
  • Must be ready to write the standardized tests latest by August 2021
  • Must be prepared to apply for graduate admission and funding in the 2021/2022 window
  • Must be a Nigerian

Requirements

  • Personal Statement: Your Personal Statement should demonstrate the self-drive and clarity of your academic pursuit and career goals.
  • Examination Study Plan: This plan should describe your preparation and strategy for writing and acing the exam(s) with excellent results if selected. Your plan must also include the specific time you wish to write the exams and apply for foreign graduate programs.
  • Two Reference Letters

Academic Reference: This reference letter should be completed by your University Lecturer or Supervisor, who has direct knowledge of your aptitude, academic records, and excellence. Only the academic/official email of your referee is accepted

Character Reference: This reference should detail your character and traits, integrity, interpersonal and collaborative attributes. It can be completed by your employer, professional mentor, manager etc. Only the organization/official email of your referee is accepted.

  • First Degree Transcripts: Your first-degree transcript is the transcript of your first post-secondary study. Please provide this in a PDF format and as a single file. It should be duly signed and stamped.
  • CV or Resume: Kindly provide your CV/Resume in the designated field on the application form. Please give details of your professional/work experience, voluntary activities, honours/awards and more.
  • NYSC Certificate or Call-Up Letter: Kindly upload this in PDF Format. If you do not have your certificate, please upload your Call-Up Letter.
  • First Degree Certificate or Statement of Result

HOW TO APPLY

  • Go to the application portal via this link: APPLY HERE
  • Kindly ensure you have all the requirements as the application can only be completed in one sitting.
  • Fill all the fields correctly and upload the necessary documents.
  • You will receive an email confirming your submission when you click the “Submit” button.
  • Ensure you follow-up with your referees. The deadline for receipt of all references is February 12, 2021
  • You will receive an email when a referee has submitted your reference

 

APPLICATION TIMELINE

 

APPLICATION OPEN JANUARY 4, 2021 (12 a.m WAT)
APPLICATION DEADLINE FEBRUARY 5, 2021 (11:59p.m WAT)
REFERENCE SUBMISSION DEADLINE FEBRUARY 12, 2021 (11:59p.m WAT)
APPLICATION REVIEW FEBRUARY – APRIL, 2021
NOTIFICATION OF RESULTS MAY 3, 2021

 

  • Only successful scholars will be contacted

VALUE OF SCHOLARSHIP

  • Payment of required graduate school standardized test fees.
  • Payment of a predetermined number of graduate school application fees (subject to performance in tests).
  • End to End Mentoring: Scholars will be assigned to dedicated mentors.
  • Networking Opportunities with professionals in various fields.

What is not Promised/Out of Scope

  • We are unable to provide full scholarships to study abroad- but your good performance in GRE or GMAT and TOEFL could potentially get you fully funded grad programs with the University of your choice. We would work with you in navigating the admission process.
  • GRE/GMAT/TOEFL- each of the exams provides an opportunity to freely and directly send your exam scores to a certain number of schools you indicate during registration. However, you would have to personally pay the fees for any other schools you might want to apply to after this.

Best Practices

  • It is important to read very carefully and follow all the instructions highlighted above.
  • Kindly go through the Application FAQs on our website for questions you may have. If the answer is not satisfactory, reach out to us via our official email address: info@ischolarinitiative.org
  • You do not need to personally know any of the iSI representatives for your application’s success or otherwise.
  • Use only the email provided as the standard communication medium for all enquiries.
  • You need no special permission to share this announcement with your networks.

ISI Representatives- January 4 2021

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