Is the opportunity I've been offered a scam?

Unfortunately there are many fake opportunities that are offered. This is particularly common with partial scholarships and opportunities that require you to give bank details.

Here at For9a we check every opportunity that we post very thoroughly, so the opportunities on our website are geniune. However if you come across other opportunities here are some tips on how to avoid being caught out.

1. Check the website links - check the links provided to communicate with opportunities (emails, Facebook, the website URL found in an email or letter). Do these links look genuine? Is it consistent from the university or business name mentioned? Is it from a .com or academic website (.edu is typically used in the US and .ac.uk in the UK)? Does it have a trustworthy web address? Additionally, do an online search for the opportunity or university, it should be clear which is the ‘real’ one. If the web link on the post is different, then it is probably a scam.

2. Also check the Facebook Pages and other social media pages in the same way. Are there different names used?

3. Look t the offer letter - do they give further details (address, bank account information, etc.)? If so, then check these too. If you apply for a university in the UK, the bank details to pay fees should not be located in another country outside of the UK. Always make sure that the recipient is the university itself! If not, be aware that it is a scam!

4. Contact the 'real' provider - contact the people on the real Facebook page or website and forward them the email or posting you received or saw. It might be important for them to be aware of this fake email/scam, and it is a good way to connect to them and learn about the real programmes they offer.

5. Don't react and don't send them anything!

I keep applying to the opportunities posted, but I haven't been accepted to any yet, why not?

Don't give up! And stay positive! :) Many of the opportunities we post are very competitive.

1. Make sure that you fit the eligibility requirements before you apply to an opportunity, so that you know that you're the right kind of candidate and have the right skills for the opportunity.

2. Take a look at our sections on writing a good resume, motivation letter, cover letter, internship application and how to succeed in an interview

3. Make sure you check your application for any mistakes and ask someone else to read over it

4. Keep applying! You will succeed :)

What is TOEFL and IELTS?

These are English language tests which are required for many scholarships that will be taught in English, as well as a variety of other opportunities. They are provided at your local AMIDEAST (TOEFL) office or British Council (IELTS). Make sure you study well for them, as they require a fee to sit in on them. To find out more visit their websites: TOEFL, IELTS

What is an internship?

An internship is a fixed-term work placement at a company, research center or organisation, usually done either during the holidays or as part of a degree or qualification. The focus of an internship is development of professional skills. Internships are a valuable experience that can help you to obtain entry-level jobs and better job opportunities through providing you with contacts in your chosen field, improving your skills and (hopefully) a good reference for when you move on to a different employer. An internship could also be classed as a traineeship, as internships lay the basic foundations for you, the intern, to gain better knowledge of the workings and day-to-day tasks of your chosen profession. Interns are usually assigned tasks to complete throughout the placement. You will sometimes be part of the company's projects, presentations and plans. You will become a temporary, trainee member of staff.

Internships can be paid or unpaid, and sometimes employers may reimburse your travel costs or lunches.

To find out more, including how to apply for internships, visit our internship section

I managed to get an opportunity through For9a!

Well done! We're very pleased for you! Please let us know your story - by filling out the form, messaging us on Facebook, or by emailing info@for9a.com. We would love to hear from you :)

I want to post something on your website

Please send us information about the opportunity you are providing to info@for9a.com and we will write it up and post it to our website. Furthermore you can also create your own provider account in order to post opportunities yourself. To register as a provider, click here.

Can you help fund my travel?

Unfortunately we do not have any funds to contribute to your travel. We run by donations and know, as you do, what a challenge it can be to get the funds needed to accomplish your goals. So what we can give is advice based on our experience raising funds needed to reach our goals:

1. Besides the official invitation and appeal for support the organizers have provided you with, you can add a third document, written by yourself - make the letter as concise as possible (max 1 page!), be short and to the point.

  • Be as transparent as possible. Say exactly how much your travel costs are (for example, two-way ticket to [XXX] is 500 JD), and state in the letter how much you have raised thus far (for example 200 JD). This gives a potential sponsor very valuable information to know how much you still need and gives an idea how much they can contribute.
  • Personalize the letter. Address the person you will send it to, or you want the person to read. Don't send a generated letter that addresses anyone.
  • Include information why they would invest in you. What can you do for their organization/company/business/institute? (for example give talks about [XXX] spread the word on the topics of [XXX] to employees or their beneficiaries through giving free seminars or workshops etc.)
  • Tailor your letter to the organization/business: know what they are about, and how their mission and objectives can match yours.
  • Make your own main argument. How can your home country benefit of your participation? Why would someone invest in you?

2. Are you employed? If so, talk to your employer and see if they would like to invest in you to go. Think about a way this experience can benefit your colleagues in order to convince your boss to help fund your travel.

3. Then look into Safar Fund (they fund travel of young people across the MENA region).

While we don't have the funds to support your trip, we hope that the above advice help to secure the funds needed to go. Please keep us updated on the fundraising efforts and we would love to hear from you during and after the event! We look forward to your stories and photos.

What is a Cover Letter?

A cover letter is a letter that contains information about yourself, your skills and your experience. This information is directly linked to the job you are applying for. You should also include information about the company and its projects or products, to show that you understand the company and so that you can show how you could fit into the company. It must be no more than one page in length.

To find out more, including how to write a good cover letter, and to see examples, please visit the Cover Letter section

What is a motivation letter?

Especially in applications for scholarships for Master's degrees it very common that providers ask for a motivation letter. A motivation letter is also sometimes called a statement of purpose or a motivation statement. The motivation letter is a very personalized document. It is about your motivation to e.g. study this course (at this particular university, in this particular country).

Take a look at our Motivation Letter section to find out more about what a motivation letter is and how to write one.

How do I write a CV/resume?

Take a look at our CV Writing section for tips and a guide on how to write a good resume.

How do I write a Cover Letter?

How do I apply for opportunities?

First of all you need to register at For9a.com, this is quick, simple and free. Then, search for opportunities using the search tools. Each opportunity post has a "How to Apply" section that is only available to members. This section will include information on what details you need in the application process, any documents, essays, etc. that you will have to provide, as well as links to any application forms.

What is a CV/Resume?

A resume is a summary of your professional and educational history and skills that are relevant to a particular job, position or scholarship. A resume is one of the key documents that help employers or selection committees decide whether to accept you into a job, scholarship or training course. It is also one of the first documents that they will read about you. Resumes are required for all job applications and many scholarship and fellowship applications.

To find out more, including how to write a good resume, and to see examples of good resumes, please visit the CV Writing section

I'm looking for a job/scholarship etc.

Take a look at our opportunities section and select what kind of opportunity you are looking for to find the perfect opportunity. Also have a look at our Facebook and Twitter pages, where we post about the opportunities that are currently available.

Can you provide me with funding for studies/ resources?

Unfortunately we currently do not provide any funding for any studies or resources. Many of the opportunities that we post are fully funded by external organisations, including travel, insurance and stipends for required resources and living expenses.

When are most opportunities posted?

Scholarships to the United States often have application deadlines in the autumn and winter. Scholarships in Europe vary greatly, some have deadlines as early as October for example Oxford and Cambridge while other universities accept applications until Spring. If you apply for a scholarship in October, November or December 2015 - it will normally be for a course that starts in September 2016. Always check each university separately for deadline dates!

Around October many of the big fellowships start to take applications - for examplea Chevening, and Erasmus Mundus. In the USA you can keep an eye out for Fulbright scholarships (each country has its own deadline, and World Bank fellowships.

We post events, internships, job openings, workshops etc. all year round. And don't forget that some scholarship and fellowship opportunities are launched at other times of the year - so keep checking For9a.com! It is also very important to do research yourself. Visit university websites or search for scholarships in your field of study. There are hundreds of universities with their own funding schemes and deadlines. So think about what you would like to study and where and do some research into what funding is available to you.

What opportunities do you post?

We post opportunities available to young people across the MENA region, from Morocco to Yemen. We post many types of opportunities that can enhance your professional life - from scholarships, fellowships to workshops and seminars, from festivals and grants to internships and entry-level job positions. Look under the opportunities section to see the full range of the type of opportunities we post. And check out our internship portal. We post opportunities from a broad range of providers and organisations across the globe: locally and internationally. Have a look under the Providers section to see the full range.