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Special Training Sessions on International Student Applications

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General International Graduate Applications


You are invited to a “refresher” on the operations in the Office of Admissions for International Grad Applications (Anita Musser) and A general discussion of issues to consider when reviewing International Grad Apps (Hannah Lowenthal).

Hannah will also briefly introduce the idea of “open access roundtables” that she’ll hold now through March that will permit you to get advice on your individual international grad app questions.

Monday, December 3, 2012
103 Kellogg Center
4:00 - 5:00 pm (registration is at 3:45 pm)

Please Note: This session is different from the two workshops on the recruitment of sponsored international students listed above.

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MasterCard Foundation Program Scholars Program Fall 2013 Application Process

As we announced in September, MSU is honored to be participate in the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program. This program targets academically qualified yet economically disadvantaged young people in Africa who will contribute to the transformation of the continent. The university will award a total of 185 scholarships throughout the nine-year program, which will be distributed to 100 four-year undergraduates and 85 masters degree students.

An information session on the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program is slated for 5 December 2012 at 2:30pm in the International Center – room 303, with others planned for early 2013. If you wish to attend please send a message to Other queries or concerns should be directed to the aforementioned e-mail address. Additional information regarding the selection process for both bachelors and masters Scholars in the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at MSU is outlined below. For more information on this program and the requisite qualifications please visit

GRADUATE Selection Process:
The Graduate Scholars Program is open to residents and citizens of Sub-Saharan African countries who will be pursuing on-campus two-year Master’s degrees at MSU. Applicants should have completed or be completing a bachelor-equivalent degree from a recognized university on the African continent. Departments are encouraged to nominate applicants who meet the selection criteria for this program (see below). In so doing departments agree to pay the application fee for such students and work closely with them to ensure the timely completion of their degree programs. Moreover departments must be prepared to support students who do not finish in the two-year time frame. MCF scholars enroll in the fall semester and are required to participate in the Leadership Academy for African Development, a seminar program that will continue throughout their studies at MSU. With placement and financial support provided by the MCF program, Graduate Scholars also will complete internships in Africa, ideally coupled with robust research activities, during the summer between their two years on campus.

Graduate Selection Criteria
  • Prior completion of a Bachelors Degree in Africa with academic achievements suggesting continued academic success as a graduate student
  • Strong commitment to a professional path in line with an area of study that can positively impact Africa
  • An interest in and capacity for ‘give-back’, evidenced by commitment to and engagement on campus in professional pursuits and/or the community
  • Manifest ethical behavior and strong character essential to joining The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Network
  • Ability to deal with change, uncertainty, and adversity, as well as interest in other countries and cultures, necessary to succeed as a student overseas and represent one’s home country in this role
  • Significant financial need evidenced by presence in lowest income bracket in country of origin
  • Commitment to give back in ways that enhance the economic growth and social development of Africa.

Scholarship applicants should apply as usual online to the desired masters program and take an English Proficiency Exam (TOEFL or IELTS) and any other required examinations (GRE or GMAT, depending on departmental requirements). Students are strongly encouraged to take these exams by mid-December, 2012 in order for MSU to receive scores quickly. In addition students must complete and send an additional MCF Scholars Program application to the departments. This application is now available online via

The process will operate similar to the University Distinguished Fellowship selection process in which an advisory committee with representation from MSU’s colleges provides input on final scholar selection.

The overall timeline for MCF Graduate Scholars is as follows:
15 November 2012 Scholarship application available
15 February 2013 Application, all required documents, test scores and Scholarship Application due to Department/Program
15-25 February 2013 Department/College undertakes review and forwards nominees (with recommendation letter)
27 February 2013 RAF Forms due in the Office of Admissions for MCF Scholarship Nominees, with cover note indicating they are MCF nominees. Only those who actually receive the scholarship will obtain university admission as others will not have proof of financial means. Concurrently, departmental nominations due in ISP to Adedayo Adekson, Assistant Dean for the MasterCard Foundation Program at MSU via A completed nomination includes: An MCF Nomination form the student’s MCF Scholars Program application, the student’s application for admission and related statement of purpose, etc., copies of all academic documents and letters of recommendation.
8 March –9 April 2013 Verification of university admissibility, MCF Graduate Selection Advisory Committee review, finalist interviews via Skype or telephone
10 April 2013 Final Selection Complete/Notification of recipients
1 May 2013 Acceptance deadline

UNDERGRADUATE Selection Process:
Prospective undergraduate MCF Scholars will apply through the MSU Undergraduate Admissions Website In certain cases, the Scholars Program at MSU may cover the $50 online application fee. Students must also submit the MCF Scholars Program Undergraduate Application as well as arrange for an appropriate person to complete the Recommendation Form. For more details on the application process, please visit

The Office of Admissions will process students’ applications in its customary manner. A central selection committee will make final decisions on scholarship recipients.

Criteria for selection include those listed below.

Undergraduate Selection Criteria
The program is open to residents and citizens of Sub-Saharan African countries. Students must be first-time applicants to MSU. Transfer students are not eligible for the program.
  • Strong academic performance to date in secondary school suggesting continued academic success as an undergraduate student
  • An interest in and capacity for give-back evidenced by commitment and engagement outside the classroom in the school and/or community
  • Manifest ethical behavior and strong character essential to joining The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Network
  • Ability to deal with change, uncertainty, and adversity, as well as interest in other countries and cultures, necessary to succeed as a student overseas and represent ones home country in this role
  • Significant financial need evidenced by presence in lowest income bracket in country of origin
  • Commitment to give back in ways that enhance the economic growth and social development of Africa

The overall timeline for Fall 2013 Undergraduate Scholars are as follows:
1 FEBRUARY 2013 Application for admission and all supporting academic materials (official transcripts, mark sheets, external exams, test scores) received by MSU
15 FEBRUARY 2013 Submission deadline for MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at MSU Undergraduate Scholarship Application and Recommender Form
MARCH 2013 Finalist Interviews
1 APRIL 2013 Notification of Scholarship Status
1 MAY 2013 Awardee decision due date

Please send further inquiries or queries regarding this scholarship to

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Sponsored Students

The Graduate School will sponsor two special training sessions on sponsored international students, aimed primarily at graduate admissions secretaries and graduate program directors. These will be conducted by Anne Schneller, who is leaving her position as Coordinator of Sponsored Student Recruitment. She will be joining a new scholarship program in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Until we can identify Anne’s replacement, departments will need to take over some of the tasks to recruit these sponsored students that Anne formerly handled (some work might be emailing correspondence to help the student complete the MSU grad app). (The actual sponsorship administration will still be completed by Peter Briggs office once the students are on campus).

  • Please RSVP to indicating if you plan to attend either of the two sessions listed below, so we will have enough handouts to distribute.
  • If there is interest, we can form an email group of some kind where questions can be asked, best practices shared, etc. Anne is eager to provide help to departments on questions related to specific sponsoring agencies until a new person is hired.
The two sessions are:

Tuesday, November 27th from 3:30 – 5:00 pm, Room 104 Kellogg Center.

The three Iraqi scholarship programs MSU works with are complex, and this session will cover their different policies, conditional admission, and specific issues related to paperwork required by the three programs. This session is particularly helpful for departments/programs that are willing to consider graduate students for provisional admission, as nearly all Iraqi students will require this. If your department does not consider any student for conditional admission, this session will not be necessary for you.

Friday, November 30th from 8:30 – 10:00 am, Room 104 Kellogg Center.

These will include scholarship programs for such countries as Vietnam, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, and Malaysia. If your department receives applications from any of these countries (or would like to increase the numbers you receive), this is a session that will be helpful to you.

Last Modified: 11/30/2012

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