March 1, 2024

Scholarship applications: How to do it?

Scholarship applications: How to do it?
Deni Isic

Do you have a dream of going abroad and studying? Then a scholarship can help you a lot way. Most importantly, at the bottom of this article, you will find free templates that you can download for free.

After reading this article for a few minutes - You will know more about:

● What is a grant?

● How to find relevant grants to apply for

● Worth knowing: What your application must typically include (motivation and budget)

● Download a free example of a scholarship application

● Download a free budget template

What is a scholarship?

In its simplest sense, a scholarship is a sum of money awarded to an applicant. In a study context, the money will typically be used by the applicant to cover expenses associated with a stay abroad. An endowment can also be called an endowment, fund funds, a public pool, an endowment and other names. There will be different rules for the different types - for example, a grant is typically paid out at once, while a scholarship is paid out continuously over several months - but all have in common that it is financial support that is provided to students in connection with their study expenses.

For that reason, grants are an obvious means of support for students to apply for, as students generally do not have the greatest financial leeway. By applying for grants, you can fulfill your dreams of an exchange stay and receive education at an exciting and rewarding educational institution abroad. Grants will typically be used in connection with financial support for stays abroad.

When you apply for a grant, you typically have to fill in an application, which you will find in more detail information on the scholarship provider's website. But what about the scholarship application contain, and what does the provider typically emphasize?

Read also: Step by step guide on how to plan a semester abroad

You will get an answer to that in this article, where you will get good tips and tricks for yourself the application, a list of grants you can apply for, and an example of a grant application and budget which previously received grant(s) for the applicant.

Once you press the apply button on the Uniclub frontpage and spend 1 minute filling out the form - you will be redirected to the Uniclub portal. In there, your study abroad advisor will send you where to look for scholarships specifically for you.

This is how you find relevant scholarships

Several grants, loans, and scholarships are available only for students. These include increasingly impressive grants and scholarships that cover the entire cost of studying abroad, and scholarships offered at the host university that can help reduce the expenses while studying abroad. It can be country specific but can also be a grants such as Erasmus+, if you decide to apply for an exchange and not a free mover. One thing we can recommend to you is to investigate whether your host university has grants to support the tuition fee financially. At the same time, ask your own university if they have grants for students going on a stay abroad.

For example - If you study a degree at the arts faculty of Aarhus University, you can apply for the Arts Travel Stipend which you learn more about here.

A website where Danish students can filter and find scholarships to fund their studies abroad.

A website where German students can filter and find scholarships to fund their studies abroad.

A website where students all over the world can filter and find scholarships to fund their studies abroad.

A website where students all over the world can filter and find scholarships to fund their studies abroad.


In Denmark, all students with Danish citizenship are entitled to get SU, which is a monthly allowance that helps cover the costs of being a student. You must normally be a Danish citizen to be able to get SU. If you are a foreign citizen, however, you have the option of applying to be treated on an equal footing with Danish citizens and thus being approved for SU.

Read also the guide: Everything about the Udlandsstipendium

There are generally two different sets of rules that you can apply for equality according to Danish rules or EU law. Depending on which rules you apply for equality, there are different conditions you must meet. International students in Denmark choosing to go abroad can also receive a scholarship abroad grant if they:

• Have lived in Denmark for 5 years and get their equal status accepted

• If they work for a company that pays tax in Denmark while being abroad


The State Educational Loan Fund (Laanekassen) is a Norwegian government agency that allocates loans and grants to Norwegian and non-native students for their education. Laanekassen fund was established in 1947. Laanekassens aims for educational support are to provide the same opportunities for education, regardless of cultural background, socioeconomic status, geographical factors, age, gender and physical disabilities, to strengthen the society and the workforce's access to competency, to guarantee a satisfactory work environment for educational research, to make research efficient.


If you are over the age of 20, you can apply for student grants and loans for studies at all levels at Komvux (adult education college). The most popular governmental financial aid programme is CSN. CSN is the Swedish National Board of Student Aid (Centrala Studiestödsnämnden), a government agency responsible for providing financial aid and loans to students in Sweden to finance their education. CSN offers various types of support including student loans, grants, and housing allowances to eligible students based on their financial need. If you wish to apply solely for the grant and do not desire to get a mortgage, the loan has a low interest rate and will not require collateral. Beginning in 2022, the interest rate for your loan is 0.


BAföG enables young people to decide to suit their distinctive interests and skills. BAföG funding is dedicated and granted if the student has insufficient resources or those of the student's parents, their spouse or partner, or if the resources aren't adequate. BAföG generally comprises both a grant and an interest-free loan. One half is grants, and the other half is loans. The students that obtain the loans are guaranteed not to repay more than EUR 10,000 of the total amount granted.


The dutch scholarship is the Netherlands' national scholarship programme for Dutch and international students. The scholarship programme is primarily characterized by its purpose of providing insight into Holland's higher education institutions. It is especially aimed at attracting talented foreign students from the EEA to study in the Netherlands. The programme was created to enlarge the international mobility of Dutch students, by encouraging them to study outside of the EEA on a scholarship.

What is Erasmus+

Erasmus is the educational, youth, and sport policy of the European Union. The program operates to provide grants for international mobility and cooperation within education and leisure activities. In short, Erasmus is an exchange between universities where students go abroad and switch spots with another student abroad who then takes their place in the classroom at your home university.

Erasmus+ is a scholarship that helps you finance your exchange abroad. The size of the grant depends on where you are going to study. So, the grant will be higher if you go for exchange in Norway or The Netherlands whereas it would be lower if your exchange semester will take place in Poland or Romania due to the difference in living costs. Included are all EU member states and several partner countries outside the EU.

Worth knowing: Your scholarship application must typically include this

When you apply for a grant, you will typically have to fill in an application, a budget and possibly add references and recommendations. In addition, documentation may also be the acceptance letter and that the study stay is credit-bearing (pre-approval of courses), transcript of records, CV and annual statement from the tax authorities.

How to write a scholarship application?

To give you hope of getting your grant approved, you must write 'the good scholarship application'. That after all, is the first thing the scholarship provider sees, and you want to do a good job with the first impression. When writing your scholarship application, you must always follow the scholarship provider's guidelines. Here it will vary from provider to provider, what they emphasize.

A typical focus, however, is your motivation for studying abroad and why it is important to you; and including why you have chosen the particular destination you have now set your sights on. Here you shall make an effort to be as persuasive as possible. Scholarship provider would like to know what you will use the money for and how the grant can help you realize some goals in your life that you will not be able to achieve without the scholarship.

When you start writing the application, you must be focused. Use the grant provider's guidelines for your benefit; use the same words and concepts as they do and try as far as possible to introduce you to their "universe". Be concise. When you focus your application to convey only relevant details, you will already well on its way. Describe your relevant qualifications and relevant background information. This could be, for example, your previous courses and previous student jobs or
leisure interests that make you particularly relevant to apply for that specific scholarship. Also allow a good amount of time to revise and correct your application.

You can with advantage take inspiration from our example of a scholarship application linked in the bottom of this article. In addition, there are also a number of formalities that must typically be included in your application:

Typical income

● SU

● SU loan

● Other endowments, scholarships, endowments, funds, etc.

● Own savings

● Loans other than SU loans (e.g. overdraft)

Typical expenses

● Groceries and accommodation

● Sanitary products

● Rent

● Telephony

● Vaccination

● Insurance (for example, there may be a requirement that you have taken out travel insurance)

● Visa application

● Transport (both plane ticket and possibly public transport in the destination country)

● Tuition fees

● Books and other materials necessary for study participation

Scholarship budget
Scholarship budget

Does every university offer scholarships for foreign students?

There are many universities that provide scholarships for students from Europe and beyond. There are even scholarship search engines available, where you can find out specific information on which universities offer scholarships, in what amount and under what conditions you can apply for them. Send a message to a Uniclub advisor in the livechat where you want to go and they will respond with available scholarships for that university.

The most popular scholarships are, of course, those for sports and science, where the student shows above-average abilities in the chosen field. Some scholarships will only cover Masters or PhDs, but there will also be ones for your undergraduate studies abroad.

What if I don't get a scholarship?

There are times when you won't be able to get a scholarship despite your sincere intentions and fantastic results even when you have already been admitted to your dream university abroad. If so, remember that there are other options to help finance your studies abroad. There are countries such as Denmark, Norwar or the Netherlands where you can apply for a student loan when you apply to study there. You start paying off such a loan after graduation and you usually have around 7-15 years to do so. The amount you will pay back depends on your earnings and possibilities, so it is determined individually for each.

Moreover, it is worth mentioning the possibility of taking a loan to study abroad offered by the government or national bank in your home country. For example at Udlandsstudielånet from the Danish government, Polski Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego if you are from Poland, BAfög in Germany or through the Laanekassen if you're from Norway. You can apply for such a loan all year round and it is offered to everyone. The loan repayment is very convenient because it takes place 1-2 years after graduation, and the interest rates are remarkably low.

If you have any more questions, book a free call with one of our advisors.

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