CGPA stands for Cumulative Grade Point Average and represents the dedications and hard-work of a student during his student lie. A high CGPA is the proof of excellency and makes things easier for the achiever in job market and higher studies with scholarship. There is no doubt the high CGPA holders are either extraordinary or way to much hard-worker. At the end of the day, the higher managers look for candidates who has capability to take the responsibility. A good CGPA proves the capability of a candidate. That is why CGPA matters. How the question is – are low CGPA holders ignored? Is it possible to get a scholarship with low CGPA? In this article, we are going to answer this question – “How to get a Scholarship with Low CGPA?” High CGPA makes it easier to get a scholarship. It does not mean that low CGPA makes it impossible. In this article, we will not only find the answer to the question but also will learn how to achieve prestigious scholarships with low CGPA.
Is it Possible to Get a Scholarship with Low CGPA?
The straightforward answer to this question is – Yes, it is possible.
However, this answer is not enough. We must have to elaborate it show you the full picture. It is possible to get a scholarship with low CGPA. However, it does not mean it is going to be the same case as it is for high CGPA holder. If you have a low CGPA yet want to get a scholarship, you have to go some extra miles to compensate the hard you have brought by not focusing on the CGPA during your undergraduate course work. Before we delve into any further let me give you a fair warning – IT IS NOT GOING TO BE EASY. Yes, you read it right. It is possible to get a scholarship with low CGPA but the way is getting it is much more challenging and competitive and you have compensate the lower grade with additional achievements and activities.
Now that we know it is possible to get a scholarship even with low CGPA, let us focus on the way to get it. That means what to do to get a scholarship with low CGPA.
How to Get a Scholarship with Low CGPA
Remember, CGPA is a proof of your dedication, hard-work and capability. And people believes in documents not words. No matter how loud you shout that you are capable, your CGPA will still prove you wrong. However, if you can add quality research and publications in your resume with adequate amount of job experience, trust me, your CGPA will be overlooked. Let us elaborate the idea in details:
Start Working on Research and Publications
You are reading this article because you want to get a scholarship. Those who are high CGPA holders are considered candidates. Those who do not have the title, they need to prove their competencies with research work and publications and earn the scholar title. Once you will have done that, you will find it lot easier to get a scholarship with low CGPA. Follow the set of instruction below to include research and publications in your resume:
- Choose a Topic: Choose a topic that interests you. And while choosing a topic, do an extensive study about the current scope of research in that field. Try to figure out the availability of funding in that topic. If there is enough scope to contribute in that research field and also adequate amount of fund available, then finalize the topic as your research topic. For example – while this article was being written ‘Wearable Device’ is one of the best research topics in terms of fund availability and scope of research. The scope of research and amount of fund vary time to time. That is why, you should focus on concurrent topics.
- Start Reading Conference Paper and Journal Article: After selecting the topic, your next task is to gain adequate amount of knowledge on recent publications on the following topics. For that read at least two conference paper and one journal article every day. You have to read and understand the papers properly. You may not grasp 100% of a paper. However, make sure you understand at least 70% of the concept and 90% of the way of representation. Continue this routine for at least 30 days. After 30 days, you will find yourself familiar with the recent researches of your selected field. And you will be able to generate your own novel research idea in this field. You will not only have the idea about the research topic but also have the idea about how to conduct the research. Once it will happen, you are ready for the next step that is finding a mentor.
- Find a Mentor: Your next task is to find a mentor. There is a hierarchy while choosing the mentor. The first target should be professor who is working in the research field you have chosen. If you cannot manage any connection with a professor, try to find an associate professor. If you fail to do it that try to be connected with some assistant professor. If you cannot manage that one either, try to impress some senior lecturers with your work. And remember, you have to work with a true mentor who will truly show you the proper way. Do not waste your time working with people who will not even remember your name. Be careful while choosing the mentor. If you make any mistake here, the rest of the actions may not help you achieving your goal.
- Continue Research under Supervision of Your Mentor: Now continue your research work under the supervision of your mentor. Your first target should be publishing a paper within 30 days. If you cannot make it to any journal, at least publish a conference paper in first 30 days of the work. It will create an impression and your mentor will start having faith in you. Keep working until you can publish research article in any of the good journals. Once you will have published your work in a good journal that is the proof that you are capable.
When you have quality publication, your low CGPA will be overlooked. There are many scholarships where high CGPA is mandatory. For these type of scholarship awarded based on CGPA may not consider your application. However, your publication and capability to conduct research will help you getting a research scholarship.
Make a University Choice List
After the publication, you need to make a university choice list. Include at least 20 universities where you want to study with a scholarship. The more the university you will add in your list, the higher the possibility will be of getting the chance to get admitted in those university with scholarship.
Find a Professor
After preparing the list of scholarship, it is time to start communicating with professors of the universities where you want to study. Start sending emails to the professors who are working in the same field you published your paper. Express your interest to conduct more research on the field with some novel ideas. While contacting with the professors, do not be disappointed if you do not get any replay. Remember, they are busy people and you are not the only person trying to reach them. There are thousands of scholarship seekers around the world who are trying to reach the same professor. Try to get connected with as many professor as you can.
Request for Fund
After getting positive response from the professor discuss about the funding and scholarships. If he has fund available, then you can start taking preparation for to get admitted in the university. Not every professor can or will offer you funds. The professor may like your research work and take you in his lab. But he may not be in position of offer any fund. In this case, you have to switch to some other professor while still keeping connection with the existing professor. Because fund may be available at any time.
Prepare Yourself for Admission and Fund
In most of the cases, the university will observe your work before start funding your research. Moreover, there are admission requirements such as IELTS, TOEFL, GRE, and GMAT and so on. That means, before start receiving the fund, you have to prepare yourself for the fund. The first thing you have to do is to get admitted to the university. To do it, fulfil the admission requirements. If necessary attempt and pass the IELTS, TOEFL, GRE, or GMAT with required score. Manage some cash to support you until the university start funding your research. If everything goes smoothly, after starting your research work in the university, you will be awarded with research fund or scholarship.
There is a wise saying – “a stitch in time saves nine”. If you would have studied well during undergraduate program and would maintain a good CGPA, getting a scholarship would be much easier. However, a low CGPA does not mean the end of the world. It is still possible to get a scholarship with below average CGPA. In this case, you need to work harder than other candidates who have high CGPA. Do not be disappointed or frustrated if you find the doors are closed because of your low CGPA. Remember, there is always another way. You can still fulfill your dream. All you need is to work a little more. However, do not waste your time working hard in the wrong path. In this article, we have shared a precise way to getting a scholarship with low CGPA. Stick to this steps and we assure you that you will get the scholarship even with a low CGPA.