Aker Scholarship at University of Cambridge
AKER SCHOLARSHIP IS A GRANT FOR YOU WHO WANT TO MAKE A MASTER’S OR PHD AT ONE OF THE WORLD’S LEADING UNIVERSITIES.
The scholarship can be applied for by students from all disciplines. You can apply for the Aker Scholarship one year before the start of your studies (or possibly the same autumn as you start your studies).
Aker Scholarship provides you with financing that complements other support schemes – you will not normally incur student loans during your stay. With regular progress, you are guaranteed support throughout your stay. The scholarship comes without binding.
With Aker Scholarship, you get more than cash support. We give you help in the search process and follow you up throughout the study.
We support studies at the following universities:
Caltech , MIT , Harvard , Stanford , University of Pennsylvania , Oxford , Cambridge , Imperial College London and National University of Singapore (NUS)
WHAT DO WE SEE?
YOU MUST BE STRONGLY PROFESSIONAL AND WANT TO CONTRIBUTE TO SOCIETY.
Good grades are a prerequisite for entering the best universities. However, both when applying to universities and when we are considering whether you should receive a scholarship, there is much else that comes into play.
Do you list high and work hard to reach your goals? Are you concerned about what’s going on around you in society?
We look for young people with commitment and desire to “make a difference”. We believe that staying at one of the world’s best universities will provide you with the knowledge and contacts that can help you realize your potential – both professionally and personally.
We do not know – today – what life brings to you after your stay abroad. Maybe you become a key contributor in academia, business or society at large? Maybe you can help make life better for some of those who are not doing so well?
Is this something you can identify yourself with? We make no demands on what to work on after the program, but we hope the future will show that just giving you a scholarship was a good decision.
YOU NORMALLY APPLY FOR AKER SCHOLARSHIP BEFORE APPLYING FOR ADMISSION TO UNIVERSITIES.
Application for Aker Scholarship is completed online. You must enclose your CV, marks, letters of recommendation, references and other relevant documentation. If you are applying for a scholarship for a Master, you must attach an application letter of typically 1.5-2 pages describing yourself, what you want to study and why, as well as justify why you should receive a scholarship. If you want support for a PhD, you must also attach a project description of typically 4-10 pages. (We understand that such a PhD project description can and will come into dialogue with the academic communities at the universities, but would like to know what you want to work on.) Here you can read more about what is required in the application. We also recommend applying for other scholarships (e.g. Fulbright , Noram if you are going to the US)
We call in the most relevant applicants for interview, and we contact references.
The most promising candidates are awarded scholarships where reservations are made at the university in question. This means that you are guaranteed a scholarship if you enter.
In the following weeks / months leading up to the application deadline at the university you will work with the application, take the necessary tests etc. We will assist you in the application process and you will receive documentation from us confirming that we give you financial support if you come in.
After a few weeks / months you will be notified of admission to the university. If you have been offered a place of study and have accepted it, we will confirm the award of the scholarship. Only at that time will the award be “official”.
Payment of the scholarship will take place 2-3 times a year, and requires normal study progression. We will keep in touch with you throughout your stay, and hopefully after the degree is completed. click the link above for more