hand putting money into piggy bank - college tuition and scholarshipsTo be a candidate for PhD study takes high intelligence, great initiative, and dedication. The same can be said for securing a PhD scholarship. PhD scholarships are not offered as widely as bachelor and master's degree offerings, which can be discouraging for students accepted into PhD programs who don't also receive information about scholarship money.

Many programs come with a PhD scholarship already attached. At the University of Chicago School of Business, students are automatically considered for financial assistance, stipend support, and health insurance based on the potential for scholarship and creative research. In addition to automatic PhD scholarships with candidate acceptance, PhD students fund their education through work study programs and as jobs as graduate teaching assistants.

Students must be patient when receiving acceptance letters for Ph programs. While some colleges inform students upfront about PhD scholarships and fellowships, others inform students later in the process. Most U.S. PhD candidates will be please to find that there is money available to support them through the program. But of course, there will still be those instances where a PhD scholarship is not awarded. This is when students must get creative.

Luke Baxill, a PhD student at King's College, London, told the Guardian that "never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that one day I would take a deep breath and write a begging letter to Sir Tim Rice. Less likely still, was the idea that I would ask Margaret Thatcher to give me money with a reasonable chance of success. But both had established charitable trusts in their own names aimed at funding people, like myself, in higher education."

Such PhD scholarships are available all over the world.

The website PhD Scholarship Positions lists numerous PhD scholarship offerings for students. Among the PhD scholarships listed is the Nestle Scholarship for Women. The scholarships are awarded worldwide and students are chosen based on an essay and jury selection. Other offerings include the 2010 Scholarship for Female Students in Nigeria and the Ph.D Graduate Research Assistantship.

PhD scholarships are typically awarded to candidates studying certain disciplines such as math, science, and environment and the awards are given to students who have the most potential to make ground-breaking advancements.

Some of the most competitive PhD scholarships include the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/ACLS Early Career Fellowship Program which "provides support for young scholars to complete their dissertation and, later, to advance their research after being awarded the PhD," The Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program, which is a competitive program awarding up to 15 Dissertation Fellowship grants of $20,000 each, and the USCCIS Postdoctoral Fellowship, which is awarded to junior scholars doing innovative research in public diplomacy and soft power.

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