5/31締切 2020年度日本人対象フルブライト奨学生応募書類作成チェックポイント①


2020年度日本人対象フルブライト奨学生オンライン登録締切日の締め切りが5/31と迫ってきました。
https://www.fulbright.jp/scholarship/index.html

5月の連休明けから、フルブライト奨学金の問い合わせがぐっと増えてきました。本日はオンライン登録書類作成のチェックポイントを記します。
皆さんの書類作成のお役に立てれば幸いです。

①自分の留学形態に適したプログラムを選択すること
2020年度日本人対象フルブライト奨学金プログラムは5種類あります。

②オンライン登録はお早めに
締切間際はアクセスが混み合うことが予想されます。

③研究テーマを十分にリサーチしてから文章を作成すること
オンライン登録で記した内容は、その後の7/31締切の応募書類とつながっています。十分に時間をかけて研究テーマを選定すること、そして、その研究テーマを分かりやすく、かつ、問いに正しく回答することを意識ください。

登録内容は以下です。
https://www.fulbright.jp/tok/ful/

27.Brief summary of project
一定期間の大学院の研究で実現可能な研究テーマが設定されているか?
抽象度の高い研究テーマを設定すると、とても1-2年の大学院プログラムの中で達成できない(非現実的な)研究テーマを設定したとみなされます。

28.Background/Feasibility/あなたがその研究を実施できるという証明
あなたの、これまでの研究/職業経験から、具体的に身に着けた専門知識やスキルを実績を添えて述べましょう。

30.Justification for the proposal/なぜUSの大学院で学ぶ必要があるのか?
USのX分野の研究は、世界で最も古くからおこなわれており・・・という一般論ではなく、あなたの研究テーマに合わせた具体的な主張が必要です。

26.Project Area
フルブライト奨学金の趣旨を理解し、どの分野で応募するか、その理由を29で説明します。

④提出前のチェックポイント

文字数制限を正しく理解する
“hankaku” characters including spacesとは、単語数(words)ではなく、文字数です(スペースを含みます)。簡潔に問いに分かりやすく回答することを意識ください。

そして最後に最も重要なことを記します。

オンライン登録は、申請プロセスの通過点にしかすぎません。7/31の出願書類を意識した準備が何よりも重要です。
オンライン登録が終わったからリサーチをやめるのではなく、ご自身の納得のいく研究テーマと研究プラン練りが重要です。そして、フルブライトのミッションへの理解を深めることもどうぞお忘れなく。

アゴス・ジャパンではフルブライト奨学金申請を含む、奨学金申請のサポートをしております。ご質問がある方はどうぞお早目にお問い合わせください。

次回は皆さんからよく受ける質問例をもとに、アドバイスを行います。
Chizuko Okada

大学院奨学金獲得を目指す方へ 合格を勝ち取るための準備プランについて

本日は、奨学金の合格を勝ち取るための準備プランについて説明いたします。
高い競争率を勝ち抜き、奨学金財団の求める人材であること、将来の成功の可能性を証明するためには、十分な準備時間と計画的なアプローチが欠かせません。
今回は、アメリカ留学を目指す方が意識するフルブライト奨学金を例に説明します。

◇フルブライト奨学金応募スケジュール
https://www.fulbright.jp/scholarship/application/schedule.html

こちらを、大学院出願準備スケジュールに組み込んでみます
締め切りを落とし込むと以下①のようです。しかし、このプランには奨学金審査に合格するための必要書類を意識した準備時間が加味されていません。

応募書類をよく読んでみると、実は、以下②のプランでないと現実的でないことがわかります。
つまり、奨学金応募は、大学院プログラムに出願するのとほぼ同じ時間を要することになります。
7月末の出願時に求められる書類は以下となります(最新情報は必ず財団に確認ください)

-経歴書(CV/Resume)(英語/日本語)
-研究計画書(Research objective)
-Personal Statement(英語/日本語)
-推薦状3通(英語)
-志望校リスト
-TOEFLiBT80点以上/IELTS 6.0以上のスコア

これらを考慮すると以下の準備プランが必要になります

注意事項を記します。
-志望校リスト:7月末に研究テーマに見合った大学院プログラム選定を行い、かつ、合格の可能性を示すためには、実は、志望校合格にむけたスコアメイクは7月末の時点でほぼ完了していることが求められるのです(少なくともTOLEFL/IELTSについては)
-応募書類作成: 7月末に質の高い応募書類を用意するためには、少なくとも3か月程度は時間をかけて、研究テーマの明確化、最適な大学院プログラム選定(上述)、適切な推薦者選定とその依頼、そして応募書類作成が求められます。ということは、予備審査(一次審査)通過を目指すのではなく、最初から7月末の書類締切を目指した準備が必要になります。

→つまり、本気で奨学金を獲得したい方は4月から、奨学金応募と大学院出願の準備の本格開始が必要になります。

具体的な準備計画の詳細を知りたい方、合格するための書類作成の方法を知りたい方は、ぜひ【大学院留学を目指す方対象】奨学金書類対策セミナーにお越しください

Chizuko Okada

大学院奨学金獲得を目指す方へ 主な奨学金リサーチ方法のご案内

奨学金獲得のメリットは、留学資金の負担の軽減だけではなく、奨学金団体を通じた留学中/帰国後のネットワークの拡大、奨学生に選抜されたという実績が大学院入学審査へのアピールにつながるなど、様々なメリットを享受できます。

奨学金獲得において重要なことは以下です。
-大学院留学奨学金の種類、各奨学金の目的を理解し、自身にあった奨学金を選択すること
-奨学金申請と大学院留学準備の両方を理解した、準備計画の立案とその実行
-奨学金応募条件を理解し、各書類への正しいアプローチの理解とその実践

本日は主な奨学金リサーチに便利なサイトを紹介いたします

日本学生支援機構(JASSO)
海外留学奨学金検索サイト
http://ryugaku-shogakukin.jasso.go.jp/scholarship_abroad/page?action=swfglsearchjasso

日米教育委員会(US留学を目指す方)
日本国内で公募されているアメリカ留学を対象とした奨学金制度の一覧
https://www.fulbright.jp/study/directory/shokin.html

関西アメリカンセンターアメリカ留学奨学金
各学校別の奨学金情報が随時発信されています
http://irckansai.tumblr.com/

British Council
イギリスに留学に関する奨学金情報
https://www.britishcouncil.jp/studyuk/planning/scholarships-financial-support

Chizuko Okada

A Hidden Gem for Resume Writing

A Hidden Gem for Resume Writing

There are many excellent on and offline resources that guide you through the art of resume writing. No doubt you will utilize many of these to help develop ideas and draft your resume.

But in searching for “how to craft a winning resume” you may have overlooked one key resource that could provide you with that extra edge in targeting your desired degree program.

The online professional network, LinkedIn, is a hidden in plain sight gem for resume writing.

First, you can browse a countless number of resumes. Try this: Place yourself in the position of an Admissions Officer and look through several resumes for 60 seconds each. After, you will have a better idea of which ones leave an impression and those that are forgettable.

Second, you can direct your search to find some of the online profiles of students and alumni from the universities that you are applying to. Frequently, you will find that their resumes have been copied to their LinkedIn profile. Use this as a reference to gain a better understanding of what a successful applicant’s resume could potentially look like.

Finally, this experience of resume and profile viewing is a valuable opportunity to consider whether that specific program’s community is for you, or what you could bring to the table.

With all that being said, don’t forget to be youin both style and content! As with any other resource, use LinkedIn as a reference and not a template. The university doesn’t want a carbon copy of their exiting study body; they want the unique contribution that only you can provide. LinkedIn is an excellent resource to help package and present the best you.

 Warren

The Video Essay

Not too long ago, having one’s picture taken was not an everyday occurrence. Camera-phones were still new and photographs were grainy, low-resonance images, and digital cameras didn’t fit in jeans pockets. Facebook, Flickr, and Instagram had yet to be invented. Today, many of us have become more or less comfortable in front of a camera. As such, video essays have become a more common part of MBA applications, and are now considered as fairly straightforward.

The MBA video essay requirement is the current trend and brings together the aspects of live interviews and written essays with the added pressure of time constraints, technology concerns and the most challenging of all, a complete lack of facial cues and real-time feedback. In the video interview, you have no idea if your response resonates with the audience. There is no opportunity to see if your interviewer’s eyes are glazing over and you are on the wrong track or if his/her eyes are lighting up and you have found a point of connection.

However, as with any challenge comes opportunities; it can give the candidate another medium to express themselves. The key to successfully managing the video essay is to PRACTICE. Tape yourself responding to questions. MBA programs that use video essays have sample questions on their website. Other questions that you can use to practice are:

  • How would your teammates describe you?
  • Who has had the greatest impact on you and why?
  • What is your favorite book and why?
  • If you have a day to do whatever you want, what would it be and why?
  • What are you most passionate about?
  • Why are you a great fit for this school?

Practice responding to questions is critical. As you practice, make sure that no sound can be heard other than your responses. Try to sound as natural as possible, and your non-verbal expressions should be consistent with what you would expect of yourself in a live interview. Finally, make sure that your responses are consistent with the narrative in your MBA application, connecting them with the wider themes explored in the essays.

Show your recording to someone you can trust and who understands the application process. Ask them for honest feedback and try to fine-tune your responses with every iteration.

Jumet

 

 

 

 

Should I apply early?

As the cherry blossoms, apple blossoms and almost all other blossoms have gone with the wind that stirs up all-too-soon warmth in the air, it becomes inevitable that summer is upon us whether we are prepared or not. So are graduate school application deadlines. The heat is being turned up.

As someone who has applied to US graduate schools as an international student and someone who has both evaluated and consulted numerous applicants, I would venture that three or so months would be a legitimate period of time to prepare your application. That puts the next three summer months at the front line for beating the first round of application deadlines of at least most top business schools.

So, are you mentally prepared to submit your application to your dream schools in September or October? Why do admissions keep pushing their deadlines ahead? What are the pros and cons of applying early, say, first round?

According to my experience, Admissions tend to perceive first or early round applicants as typically more put together, more proactive and more focused. Admission rates are usually higher for first round than later rounds. As a result, it should be no surprise that they would want to compete for those applicants and push their early deadlines to stay ahead of the game.

So clearly there are advantages to applying early. The question becomes whether you would like to get ready, to rise up to the challenge.

Obstacles to applying early can seem insurmountable. Summer is your craziest time at work. Your employer is yet to announce its pick for sponsorship. Family events all happen in this season. Your TOEFL and other scores just aren’t there. Therefore, you need those heated months to get over all the above, and you secretly place your hopes on those last two holiday weeks of the year to catapult you to the second round in early January, to compete in a much bigger pool of applicants.

Understood and understood. Yet the fact of the matter is, if you do not prepare yourself early, if you do not aim for early round, chances are you might not ultimately prepare yourself in the most optimal way regardless of rounds. Or shall we say, if you do not prepare, how would you know whether you are prepared? You do not want your second round to be your test round, do you?

There will always be obligations and obstacles. The only time to lay the foundation of your application to your dream schools is nevertheless now, when things just start to heat up. Reflect on and summarize your experiences and accomplishments, clarify and broaden your professional and personal goals, research and connect with the schools and people, get your resume ready and write and rewrite your essays. And in case all those things are under control, start preparing for your interview! The saying is: it is never too early to start.

Mengdan

Where to apply?

Reach

Where to Apply? Choosing which schools to apply to in your home country can be difficult enough, but doing so in another can be even harder. How can you choose a good balance of safety, likely, and reach schools that would all be a good fit for you and your goals? Here are some things to consider:

  1. Minimum requirements vs class profile. Reaching the minimum requirements for admission is a great start, but it’s worth checking out the class profile to see how you’ll compare to your classmates. If your TOEFL is lower, will you be able to participate fully in discussions? If you have much more work experience, what will your new network provide you?
  2. Location. Outside of class, what will your life look like? What opportunities can the school offer based on its location? For example, schools near Washington DC can offer more government-focused opportunities.
  3. Specialisations and concentrations. In addition to the core courses, how can this school help you focus on your area of interest? You can consider any internships or field work experience offered in addition to official concentrations offered. Some schools also allow you to design your own specialisation from their many courses.
  4.  Employment stats. If you’re self-sponsored and looking for a job after graduation, careers services and access to employers may be more important to you than for a sponsored candidate returning to a guaranteed job. Cost and scholarship options should also factor into your decision.

Posted by Faye

 

 

 

Public Policy or Public Affairs?

Whats in a name

Looking at the many available course options for Master of Public Policy (MPP) and Master of Public Administration (MPA) degrees, it’s understandable that you may be confused. Deciding which one is right for you starts with understanding the differences and clarifying what type of career you intend to pursue. With this in mind, here are 3 points to help you make your decision….

  1. In general, the MPP tends to be more research heavy, with a focus on technical skills such as economic and statistical analysis, enabling graduates to research, for example, the social and financial impact of policy, and thus create new, improved policy. The MPA tends to focus more on developing people management, financial management, and leadership skills, enabling graduates to implement policy and ensure it is being followed.
  2. Most MPP and MPA programmes have a wide variety of concentrations and specializations. Some programmes allow you to cross register with other departments and even other universities, meaning that you have the opportunity to tailor your studies to your individual goals. Understanding what you really want from graduate study will help you identify the best match for you. It’s also worth remembering that there is no standard definition for these programmes, so ensure you do your research on each school in detail!
  3. Most MPP and MPA programmes require some work experience, but only some require relevant work experience. Considering your potential network, think about how this will affect your experience.

Overall, both the MPP and MPA degrees are well-respected, professional options for those seeking careers in Public Service. Having helped many students gain acceptance into the top programmes, I recommend clarifying your goals and skill gaps, identifying exactly what you need from a graduate degree, and then researching each programme to find the best fit.

 

Posted by Faye

大学院の必要性と卒業後の目標について

Why I need MPP-

 

みなさんこんにちは。
今回から、大学院出願で多くの学校が皆さんに質問する事項である、公共政策大学院卒業後の目標についてシリーズでお話しします。

第1回目はアプリケーションの中で最もよく聞かれる質問を題材にしたいと思います。

Please elaborate on why you have chosen to apply to the MIA/MPA program. How will this program enable you to achieve your career goals? Describe your academic and research interests and career objectives.

your career goalsとは何を指すのでしょうか?
国連で国際的な仕事がしたい、日本以外のフィールドで活躍したい?もしくは、国際舞台で活躍できる人材になる!という目標を掲げている方もいらっしゃるかもしれません。
または、具体的な目標を大学院に行って見つけたい という方もいるかもしれません。

しかし、これではこの問いに十分に応えているとは言えません。
なぜ学校がこのような質問を入試の段階で行うのでしょうか?
それは、公共政策大学院はプロフェッショナルスクールであり、卒業後にパブリックセクターに関連した職業人を輩出することを目的としているからです。
※印プロフェッショナルスクールとは、卒業後、専門家として活躍する人材を目指すためのプログラムを指します。

その表れとして、授業の中に、体験学習が組み込まれているプログラムが多くあります。
HKS Spring exercise
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GwK-8Zrg5c

こういったプログラムが用意されているのは、学生が就職活動での実績につながる経験を大学院で積んでもらうためです。
入学して半年後には、こういったプロジェクトで具体的なポジションをもって活躍することが求められているのです。
あなたはチームメンバーに対して何ができますか?貢献できますか?これを大学院が知りたがっています。

1年目からのこういった機会でみなさんが能力を発揮するために、入試の段階から、具体的な卒業後の目標を聞いているのです。

次回は卒業後の就職活動という観点でアドバイスをしたいと思います。

Posted by Chizuko Okada

Before you apply….

MPP, MPA, MIA, MIR, MTop 3 resourcesSFS, MALD….Where to start? Which degree do you need? What do people  with these degrees do? Applying to Grad school can be daunting, but here are 3 resources to make it less so…..

  1. Careers in International Affairs. Published by Georgetown University Press, this book provides an overview of the wide variety of careers available under the very big umbrella of international affairs. From governments to multinational corporations to media, this book provides insights on the jobs available, and how to get them. http://press.georgetown.edu/book/georgetown/careers-international-affairs#_ga=1.29401209.754665725.1442231035
  2. APSIA. Featuring profiles of over 60 member schools, admissions events, and career resources, APSIA is a great first step on your admissions journey. http://www.apsia.org
  3. NAASPA. A great search tool that uses your potential specialisation and interests to suggest schools. http://www.naspaa.org

Posted by Faye