How to keep getting scholarships (and jobs) in Europe?

5 tips and tricks from someone who did it On a cold-winter night in 2014, I landed in Europe for the first time. I came for a bachelor-exchange program to stay for 6 months. Later, I went on to do a Masters and a PhD under fully-funded scholarships in different EU countries. After finishing my …

Future of Agriculture Students in Pakistan: 3 Unusual Tips for Agrarians

I got into agriculture because I could not get into medical college. Many other students are in the agriculture career for the same reason. Starting our degrees, we are told that Pakistan is an agricultural country and that 70% of its income comes from agriculture. Considering how important it is we supposed that it is …

How to Publish in a Journal? 5 Tips for Students

Publish or perish is a commonly used phrase in academia. Professors and researchers who do not publish enough are left behind and have to deal with several consequences, such as running out of funding and even losing jobs. For students, publishing was not very important some years ago. In recent years, however, competition for scholarships …

Why your publications are not letting you win a scholarship

Ahmad finished his master’s with 15 publications. After trying for a year, he could not get a PhD scholarship. He was not sure what was the reason for his rejection and asked me for advice. I told him that his publications are the reason why he is not getting a scholarship. You might be thinking …

How to Choose a Major, Field or Specialization? 7 Tips

Selecting a major sounds like a big deal, probably because it is. Once you have chosen a particular career, it is very hard to switch. Imagine if a doctor wants to be an engineer. If you are indecisive and cannot make up your mind about choosing a particular field, major or career, here are some …

How to Stand Out in a World Full of Competition?

(Shortcut to success) It was a beautiful sunny day at Punjab University. A soothing breeze woke me up. I took a shower, got ready and walked from my dorm to the campus. It felt like a race between thousands of students rushing to the campus. Students of all backgrounds, poor and rich, black and white. …

Writing Expected Results of a Research Proposal

Nobody knows the future. At least not the scientists and students. They are not “peer-fakeer” or prognosticators. Yet, many students already know what will be the result of their research. I tell them, “If you already know the result of your investigation, there is no point in doing it in the first place.” Predicting the …

Materials and Methods of a Scholarship Winning Research Proposal

Ali wrote an excellent proposal but still could not get a Ph.D. scholarship. His profile was also outstanding. So it was hard for me to identify a problem with his application. His proposal also appeared to be sound, especially the introduction part. Then I had a look at the materials and methods section of his …

How to Write the Introduction of a Research Proposal?

It is raining. You are enjoying the cold breeze, clouds and drizzle. Finally, a break from the scorching heat. You are feeling a little romantic. You go to your room and observe that your lightbulb is not working. What the hell! You say. And think; Why is my bulb not working today? (Scientific question) You …

How to Write a Ph.D. Proposal to Win a Scholarship?

Every year thousands of students apply for Ph.D. scholarships. Still, many students fail to win a scholarship and secure admission. Many rejected candidates have good profiles, high-quality motivational letters and CVs. However, they lack the most important thing; a quality proposal. Most of the universities evaluate your applications with a point system. A proposal typically …