Useful Tips: How to Get Selected in Global Ugrad Exchange Program
As you must be wondering to apply for Global Ugrad cultural exchange program which is one of the six fellowship programs offered by USEFP. With rampant number of increasing applicants Ugrad is no more everyone’s cup of tea. Hence this post is dedicated to help aspiring fellows in preparation and application process. Additionally I will give you complete insight about the whole process in a series of posts.
It’s a widespread rumor that Only people studying in Big universities and having sound financial background are selected in UGRAD. Only i can say it’s no more than crap.
Before we proceed, we first need to dig into the objective of this program and know what is IREX’s intention behind this funding.
Global Ugrad’s official Advertisement states that;
The program is intended to promote mutual understanding between the people of United States and those of Pakistan.
Plus It is openly declared by USEFP that applicants with Demonstrated leadership qualities, Community involvement and Deprived background are encouraged.
Do Brainstorm for a while here!!! Hypothetically identify those individuals who can serve this purpose of mutual understanding and try to get fit into that frame.
Quick Self check
Keeping in view program’s objective and eligibility criteria following 4 individuals have relatively good chances of gearing up for the flight;
- Our Minority fellow
- Dynamic Social activist
- Resident of underprivileged area
- Ultra Productive intellectual
Last one is the most refined form and has highest probability among all others. If you don’t fall in any of the above, consider doing following practices for personal growth which will definitely help you in making your way through the crowd.
Preparation Before Application
If you are applying not being very serious think yourself out of the game. Pre-application preparations are required for a healthy base.
Warning: Don’t perform following activities just for the sake of Ugrad, do it by heart!
1). Get involved in Volunteer activities
Leadership is one of the most sought out qualities in Ugrad applicants. Best way to foster leadership potential is by getting involved in volunteer activities. It also represents your selfless dedication for community development.
Few community service programs in Pakistan
2). Join student clubs
Joining student clubs and societies in university will help to develop a framework of Harmony, Mutual understanding and Teamwork. This will eventually lead you to become a good organizer.
3). Participate in national events
Every year different inter-institutional and national-level events are organized by universities and other organizations. Participate in such events as a representative of your institute, this will enhance your adaptability of diverse environment and boost your leadership traits and you will be more confident overall. Few events you can’t afford to miss include;
4). Try to earn distinction in your field of study
Academic achievements can be winning point in your application. Achievement could be building a startup, winning scholarships, writing a book, curating a magazine..etc you can cash them out at the time of application
5). Start writing a compelling Statement Of Purpose
Finally, the most important aspect of whole application process is to write a compelling Statement of Purpose also termed as Personal statement. Precisely It wouldn’t be wrong to interpret SOP as the sole criterion of selection. Every applicant should put his most on this part rest is halwa. For more on how to write a perfect Statement of purpose read the exclusive post.