Scholarships Hunt

For you, scholarship hunters and dream catchers!

Hello again my friends! Along with this post, I would like to thank all my readers so much for reading my posts. I do really appreciate it. ūüôā

I keep getting questions from friends and people all over the world about how did I get the scholarships. Thank you to Zack, my new friend from Malaysia that sent me very detailed questions regarding to the UK and US scholarship programme.

I feel that it is so unfair not to share it with you guys, plus I am avoiding getting the same questions and replying with the same answers, so here are things that you might have in mind:

UK Programme

Click the link for further info:

1. Is this programme eligible for everyone even graduated student?

This programme is eligible for everyone over 18 years old who has not previously taken a course in the UK. So, yep, you are eligible to join this programme though you have graduated!

2. Does this programme welcome application the whole year, how long is the programme, and when will it be held in a year?

Yes, you can apply for this programme whenever you want throughout the year, they just do not grant scholarships for periods of study during the summer months (from 1st July to mid September) nor during the Christmas/New Year holiday period. The duration of the programme is 4-8 weeks.

3. I am wondering is it difficult to get this scholarship?

I honestly have no idea about that! LOL. I do not think it is difficult enough especially there are 3 people who previously have contacted me (like readers of my blogs and friend) got this scholarship as well.

4. According to the information given in website, the scholarship only covers the tuition fee and accommodation. I hope you are willing to share me your experiences on how to settle your air flight ticket fee, living expenses around how much, travel fee and so on everything about $$$$.

Yes, it is true. I did buy my plane tickets and pay for the visa application by myself. However, my parents covered the rest of them including the living expenses and hey you could find companies to sponsor you! I am sure there are lots of companies that want to do so.

The round trip tickets from Indonesia-London cost $1300, visa app cost around $150, and living expenses… well it depends on your lifestyle. Of course it would cost you double if you liked to go shopping. However I also needed some money to commute from my homestay to school and to travel all around London using the underground/double-decker bus/DLR. It would cost me around £160 per month for the transportation itself.

5. What should I prepare if want to apply for this programme, recommendation letter needed, self introduction letter, and what else??

You will have to write two essays (as mentioned in the link that I gave you before) and 2 recommendation letters. I did write my recommendation letters alone because my lecturers refused to write it for me, then they checked the letters and if they agreed with what I had written, they would sign it. That’s what always works for me, even for the recommendation letters for the US programme that I applied.


Based on your experiences, is this program great and worthy to join even it is not a full scholarship?

I would say… it is more than worthy if your dream is to travel all around the world, especially to breathe the air of London. But if you would like to learn something new which is challenging and valuable, try the US programme instead. They provide full scholarship and the programme is pretty much challenging.


US Programme

Please read the whole description of the programme below these questions.

1. Is this program eligible for everyone even fresh graduate student with different background, am I eligible??

Well, in here Indonesia, it is eligible for everyone who at least has one term left of their undergraduate studies. Therefore, (if you are Indonesian) you are not eligible for this programme. The rules might be different in other countries.

2. My English is not really good and advance, which is my most weakest point to get a scholarship.

That shall not be a problem. Not all of the scholarship grantees are fluent in English. The key point is that you have to be confident and show them that you have a potential leadership skill.

3. The program is about 5 weeks long right?, and do you know when will it be held in a year? Usually end of june or mid of june or july? Or you have no idea about it.

SUSI New Media and Journalism is mostly held in the summer time from the end of June to the end of July, but if you apply for another SUSI programme, I won’t have any idea when is the programme usually held.

4. I am wondering is it difficult to get this scholarship, how many participants are for this program, are they all from all the world, or just given to some region only, is there any Malaysian join for this program at your time?

This programme is for Indonesian, Malaysian, and Filipino students, but this year (2013), they only granted this programme for students from Indonesia and Malaysia. There are 15 of us in total, 6 from Malaysia, and 9 from Indonesia.

5. According to the information given in website, the scholarship will cover everything right?

Yes, even if you do not bring cash to the US, you won’t be worried about it. They cover everything, even the visa application.

6. (same) What should I prepare if want to apply for this program, recommendation letter needed, self recommendation letter, and what else??

One essay, two recommendation letters,and evidence of English proficiency like TOEFL. In your country, the requirements might be different.

7. Based on your experiences, do you recommend it to me?

If you want to travel around the US for free and are ready to be handed lots of challenging assignments, then I would recommend this for you, but you won’t have much time to travel and explore a lot (unlike the UK programme) since you live on-campus and it is prohibited to go anywhere by yourself.

Program Description

Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders are intensive academic programs whose purpose is to provide groups of undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills.  The Institutes will consist of a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures. The coursework and classroom activities will be complemented by educational travel, site visits, leadership activities, and volunteer opportunities. The Institutes will include an academic residency component of approximately four weeks and a domestic study tour of approximately one week.

During the academic residency, participants will also have the opportunity to engage in educational and cultural activities outside of the classroom. The Institute on New Media in Journalism will be hosted by Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.  The Institute will expose participants to ways of gathering and disseminating news and information across multiple platforms with an emphasis on interactive delivery systems.  Participants will study freedom of the press and freedom of speech as defined by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, media law and ethics, and the role of journalism in a democratic society.  Participants will develop their leadership skills, learn to think analytically as journalists, and embrace continuous learning in a diverse and fast-changing society.

The four week academic residency will be organized into four main components: new media journalism; leadership; U.S. history, government, and foreign policy; and American life and culture. The workshops will be held in classrooms and computer labs on the Ball State campus. On-site media visits are planned at the New York Times, the Indianapolis Star, Voice of America, Indiana Public Radio, National Public Radio, and WRTV-TV.  The academic residency will be complemented by an educational tour that will most likely include visits to Indianapolis, Gettysburg, New York, and Washington, D.C.

Specific Required Qualifications:

Participants are expected to fully participate in all aspects of the program.  They should attend all lectures and organized academic and cultural activities, and complete assigned readings.  Candidates should be made aware that the Institute is very intensive and that there will be little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program.

Other Required Qualifications:

– Be proficient in English.
– Be interested in the topic of New Media in Journalism proven by activities.
– Be between 18 and 25 years of age.
– Have at least one semester left of their undergraduate studies, and therefore be committed to return to their home universities following completion of the program.
– Demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in their university and community activities.
– Indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States.
– Have a sustained high level of academic achievement, as indicated by grades, awards, and teacher recommendations.
– Demonstrate commitment to community and extracurricular university activities.
– Have little or no prior study or travel experience in the United States or elsewhere outside of their home country.
– Be mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful, and inquisitive.
– Be willing and able to fully participate in an intensive academic program, community service, and educational travel.
– Be comfortable with campus life, prepared to share living accommodations, and able to make adjustments to cultural and social practices different from those of their home country.

Application Instructions:

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Candidates must submit a complete application form in English, including 2 (two) letters of recommendation and evidence of English proficiency that should be attached to the application form.¬† Incomplete applications will not be considered for selection. All information MUST be in English and clarify all acronyms. ¬†¬†

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Application package file MUST NOT exceed 1 Megabytes (MB) and application form MUST be in Microsoft Word format.

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Sending a CV alone is not adequate.

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Please do not attach any certificates or any supporting documents.

Program Requirements and Restrictions:

Participants are expected to participate fully in the academic program.  They should attend all lectures and organized activities, and complete assigned readings.  There will be little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program.  Candidates will NOT be allowed to arrive in the U.S. prior to the start date of the Institute or remain in the U.S. after its end date.  Participants will NOT be allowed to leave the Institute to visit relatives or friends while in the U.S.  If a relative or friend wishes to visit them, it will be addressed on a case by case basis, in consultation with U.S. State Department and the program director. Violations of program rules, host institution rules, or local, state or federal laws can be grounds for immediate dismissal from the program.

When you find out that you can fly, teach others to spread their wings and fly higher.

See you all again on top, friends! xx


4 thoughts on “For you, scholarship hunters and dream catchers!

  1. Could you please give me the website link to download the application form for the US programme, or you yourself emailed the institution for the application form? And what month/year did you apply for the US programme? Is it an annual programme? Looking forward to hearing from you, Amelia. Thank you in advance ūüôā

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