Applying to Higher Education in the US

Collection of Resources for Undergraduate and Graduate School Application in US Universities

Key Terms

  • Admission vs Scholarship vs Fellowship

    • Most people use these terms interchangeably but they have different meanings

      • Admission: is when a program accepts you based on your merit and educational plans. This is the first and most important step in higher education application.

      • Scholarship vs Fellowship: are modes of covering your educational expenses; a money that a university or other institution provide to pay for your tuition, related expenses and living stipend.

        • Scholarship: are usually based on merit and are sometimes financial need-based . They usually must be applied directly to tuition and directly related expenses, and do not include stipends.

        • Fellowship: funding is usually awarded for doctoral research based on the various specialized areas. It is merit-based, but generally not need-based. Fellowship funding is generally discretionary for student awardees to use as they see fit to support themselves while pursuing graduate study. They often come with a stipend.


This website is developed by Dr. Iwnetim Abate. The following are few disclaimers regarding this website.

  • The views expressed in this website are solely that of the author and do not represent the views of his affiliations with UC Berkeley and MIT. Therefore, the information contained in this website does not represent these institution. I provided the information simply based on my personal experience and resources I came across over the years.

  • Since I am very busy, please don't directly ask me specific questions about the application process. Instead, if you think there is something missing on the website that could be helpful for the application process, please let me know and I would by happy to continuously update the website and make it more comprehensive.