Studies Without Scholarships. Getting a worthy part-time job that will accommodate the time for studies is also equally impossible.One can then wonder how those without scholarships are supposed to survive given the huge bills. They keep worrying how and when they will manage to finish their courses. I was also in the same paradox barely six months into my History PhD studies at King’s College, London.One solution to the mystery of funding postgraduate studies is sourcing for funds from alternative bodies such as trusts, foundations, and charities. It is easy to state that, but hard to do. I sourced for charity from the links provided in my university. It was, however, hard, and I was almost ineligible for all of them because they had restrictions such as on courses and nationalities. The only charities that I was eligible for were only three. Gilchrist Trust, Sidney Perry University, and Lawrence Atwell’s Charity. There were also additional problems as I had no mentor to guide me through the application and which one was most appropriate. The only information was from a guide titled ‘Prospects Essential Guide for Student Funding’. The guide was also not as great as it only had two pages about charities. From almost all sources and everyone, they indicated charities and trusts as reputable sources of funding, but none detailed how. There were plenty of treasures in the jungle, but the way onto them was missing.At some point, I became desperate and hopeless. I could not figure out how to benefit from the bodies. Sidney Perry Foundation, for example, indicates that for every two twenty applications, only one succeeds. For the Southdown Trust, they caution that their awards cannot exceed £100. It seemed useless spending several days working on the modalities of how to get the funding. At some time, I thought working for extra hours in a bar would be better.
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