Posted by lamborg on 10/17/13 11:30am
I was thinking of applying from the 2nd rounds of the admission. But someone told me that chances of getting a scholarship in 2nd round is very very less as compared to in 1st round. Is it true?
Posted by Thomas Graf on 10/17/13 2:10pm
thank you for your question. Honestly, I don't think that anyone can make any valuable and generalizable statement about this. First, it may change from school to school. And second, it may change from intake to intake depending on the applications.
It is possible, for instance, that schools receive some great applications and grant the scholarships quickly not to loose the students to competing schools. And it is also possible that they wait until they have many applications to support the best ones. Finally, some schools may do a mixture of granting some scholarships early and keep some for until the end.
My personal recommendation is: Try to apply as early as possible - just to be save. What you can also do is: Ask the school. This will not hurt you at all - and the worst thing that can happen is that they don't answer you. And make sure that you write a great scholarship application - for instance, if they require an essay.
By Thomas Graf
Posted by Thomas Graf on 10/17/13 4:20pm
Hi there again,
I quickly talked to my contact persons at HHL Leipzig and ESMT.. There answers confirm my previous comment. The HHL is of the second type mentioned above: They wait until the very end of the application process and then decide.
ESMT is of the third type described above: “ESMT usually awards candidates a scholarship as soon as they apply. They sometimes use a waiting list for their more prestigious scholarships. If you apply early, then at least your name is in the hat for a scholarship, whereas if you apply later you do risk that another top student has already received the scholarship. Applying later certainly does NOT increase your scholarship chances, so I would recommend applying as soon as you are ready.”
Bottom line: Ask the school. And if in doubt, try to apply as early as possible.
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