Application Process

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Completing the Application

Getting Ready

Before beginning the application, it is very important to:

  1. Learn about The Esso Angolan Scholars Program and Eligibility requirements.

  2. Think carefully about why you want to receive the scholarship.

  3. Consider how your goals and those of The Esso Angolan Scholars Program support each other.

  4. Review the Application Instructions (442 KB, PDF).

The Application

It is very important to be thoughtful and thorough in describing yourself and your objectives, and your reasons for pursuing a degree in the geosciences. You will need to convince the review panel that you have well developed goals and that you are capable of professional, culturally appropriate interaction with diverse constituencies. The selection panel will only know you through your application.

The online application includes six steps:

Step 1: Review the website and Application Instructions (442 KB, PDF).

Step 2: Complete the nine-page application form.

You do not need to complete this application in one sitting. You can save and return at anytime to continue working on your application. But remember, once you submit your application, you cannot make changes to it.

Step 3: Submit Documents and Essays. applicants must upload a copy of university transcripts (course grade reports), a study objectives essay, a personal statement, and a CV or resume. Including GRE exam results is encouraged.

University transcripts must be in English or have a professional translation attached along with the transcripts. They must show all courses you have taken at prior universities and the grade/score obtained in all courses.

Step 4: Provide recommendations. Please register three people to complete online letters of recommendation. They may submit letters even after you have submitted your portion of the online application.

Step 5: Run the Application Inspector. You will not be able to submit your application until all required questions are answered. When you click on the Application Inspector button on the Home page, your application will be checked for completeness.

Step 6: Submit your application!

Additional guidance for completing specific sections of the application:

1. Examination Dates and Test Scores: Scholarship recipients are expected to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) before placement in a university is possible. For information on the GRE and to locate testing centers, please visit the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) homepage.

2. Personal Statement: The personal statement is your opportunity to let the selection panel members know you as a student and as a person, and to explain why they should select you for The Esso Angolan Scholars Program. Write a clear and detailed description of your accomplishments and leadership roles in research and academics. Your personal statement should describe your achievements and your plans for the future. Include your goals and reasons for wanting to pursue them.

It is especially important to describe your ability to work with other cultures, both inside and outside of Angola. Give examples of your multicultural and global competency. Address the following points in your essay: What motivated you to choose your path? How do you plan to contribute to Angola after you complete your Master's degree? How did these experiences prepare you for what you are doing now and influence your choice of a field of advanced study? Have you had any practical experience in this field? Are you able to work in a variety of cultures?

3. Study Objective: Write a clear and detailed description of your study objectives and give reasons for wanting to pursue these objectives. Describe how your objectives will be achieved by pursuing a Master's degree in the United States or the United Kingdom. Questions your essay should answer include: What motivated you to choose your current career or academic program? What past experiences prepared you for your current job/academic program? How have these experiences influenced your decision to pursue a Master's degree in the field of Geosciences? How will participating in this program benefit you, ExxonMobil and Angola upon your return home?

4. Letters of Reference: Please register your recommenders under Step 5 of the application. The people you ask for references will be able to write more effective recommendations if they are familiar with your study plans and with The Esso Angolan Scholars Program. You can help them by providing each person with a copy of your application study objective and the scholarship program description. Reference letters are an important part of your application, so choose your referees wisely.

5. Application Submission: You must submit your completed application for The Esso Angolan Scholars Program by (TBD). Applications must be completed online.

Thank you for your interest in The Esso Angolan Scholars Program. Below are instructions for creating your online application. Please carefully review the Application Guidelines before logging on to the online application system.

Steps for Creating an Online Application

STEP 1: Go to the IIE online application

STEP 2: Create a User Account & Login

STEP 3: On the preliminary question page, please respond as follows:

Question 1 Select: Esso Angolan Scholars Program
Question 2 Select: Graduate

You must submit your completed application by November 15, 2014.

E-mail or call +1 832.369.3491 with any questions or concerns.

We appreciate your interest in The Esso Angolan Scholars Program and wish you well as you complete your application.

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