What is the ExxonMobil Romanian Geoscience Scholars Program?

The ExxonMobil Romanian Geoscience Scholars Program is a competitive scholarship program which provides highly qualified students in Romania with a fully-funded scholarship towards the completion of a Master's degree in the geosciences at a university in the United Kingdom. The program is funded by ExxonMobil and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). Some students may qualify for the opportunity to apply their skills through internships with ExxonMobil as an approved part of their academic program.

Through this unique scholarship opportunity, ExxonMobil aims to contribute to Romania by helping to develop highly skilled and culturally adept individuals. Recipients of the scholarship will demonstrate a history of academic excellence, research and technical aptitude, as well as exceptional cultural adaptability. Although applicants do not need to be Romanian citizens, they must be currently residing in Romania.

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Are dependents allowed on the program?

No, the scholarship does not provide any financial support for dependents.

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Who chooses the university I attend?

IIE will review all selected applications and work with ExxonMobil on determining an appropriate academic program. The final decision of the university and focus of the academic program is finalized by ExxonMobil and IIE, taking into consideration the student’s academic background and goals.

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What supplementary documents should I prepare for the online application?

Not all the supplementary documents listed on the on-line application need to accompany your application for the ExxonMobil Romanian Geoscience Scholars program application. The supplementary documents that must be uploaded to your application are:

  • Official university transcripts. A translation should accompany the documents if an official copy is not issued in English.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Recommenders should be registered to submit their letters of support via the online application.

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Should I take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)?

If you are selected as a recipient of the scholarship, you will be required to submit an IELTS score obtained within the last two years to the university. The IELTS is given to assess a student's readiness for academic study in English. You must be able to read textbooks, listen to lectures, write papers, and explain positions in English. The IELTS test simply helps you and the university determine whether you are ready to participate successfully in an academic program conducted in English.

You are not required to submit an IELTS score with your scholarship application at this time. However, your application should demionstrate your English language proficiency. If you have any English language assessment results, please upload them into your schoalrship application.

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Who should I contact during the application process?

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is your main contact during the application process and once you arrive at your university. You can contact the program advisors via email at RomanianScholars@iie.org. If selected, IIE will work with colleges and universities in the U.K. to obtain university placement for you.

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When should I be prepared to leave my country and travel to the U.K.?

Scholarship recipients should plan to travel to the U.K. in August for a program orientation. Your IIE advisors will arrange your travel and accommodations.

Upon acceptance to the program, a scholarship Terms and Conditions will be sent to you, you must return a signed copy of the Terms and Conditions as well as copies of the first three pages of your passport or your national identification card which includes your photograph, date of birth, location of birth, and the expiration date.

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