To get a PhD scholarship is my dream. I still remember, since I was at secondary school I used to write my own name completed with my “dream” title: Dr. Tony Dwi Susanto, S.T., M.T. Even sometimes I wrote Prof. Dr.Tony Dwi Susanto, S.T.,M.T. without knowing what is exactly the meaning of title “Professor”? Since secondary school up to now, my highest dream is achieving as high as possible my study level…ya…PhD…I have a dream to get a scholarship to get a PhD in abroad. Why must be abroad? Actually an offer of scholarship to take a Doctorate degree in Gadjah Mada University (national) had come to me before, but I think and I believe that S3/Dr/PhD is the highest achievement of our study. I always pray and hope to Alloh, may He give me an opportunity to get a PhD in abroad. It’s why often I said to my wife in my age 30 that I still have 12 years keep trying to apply scholarships in abroad (because most of PhD scholarships require applicant less than 43 years old) , if I fail for next 12 years I will be ready to say “Yes, in fact and I am sure Alloh didn’t let me to take a PhD in abroad, maybe there is another better destiny”; I am not going to say that Alloh doesn’t let me to have something before I have done all the “ikhtiar” maximum.
Starting in year 2000, a big decision must I took, an option was given by my friend “Kelik Pelipur Lara” : Totally in Comedian or Leave the group? Year 2000 was the biggest year for me, I decided to start my journey to be a researcher and to leave all my opportunities as a comedian and entertainer. Step by step I let all the opportunities and job-offers go just because I believe in my mind that my biggest potential is not in entertainment…my biggest potential is in LEARNING / Knowledge. I get out of “ELBEHA”-comedian group (even there was still opportunity to play in national television), I just played in local television (RB TV and TVRI Yogyakarta) and sometimes in national television; One by one I closed my business (IEN, Compucare, etc); started my job as a lecturer. Ya..up to now I have been as a lecturer for about 7 years.
Turning up my “left brain” was not so easy since for more than 3 years I used to use my “right brain” as enterpreuneur and entertainment. I need to read a lot, to write much new knowledge, to practice my English often, lighting up my brievery, trying confidence in knowledge and so on.
I belive in Alloh, one day particularly if we ask to Him, He must give us, it’s his promise. The key is we have to understand the “Destiny Mechanism” how to get a PhD scholarships in abroad, do the best “ikhtiar”/shoot and see Alloh will fulfill His promise.
Alhamdulillaah since 2000, Alloh have given me 5 scholarships: BPPS (Master degree in Gadjah Mada University – Indonesia), IATSS Forum-Japan, Visiting Researcher Fellowships – Flinders University of South Australia, Research Assistantship-King Saud University of Saudi Arabia, and Australian Leadership Awards (PhD degree).
Some tips to get ALA scholarships in my opinions are:
1. Access the ALA website and learn what aspects do they expect about the applicants?
2. Your research is the most important part of your application, so your research proposal must fit with ALA’s research-topic area
3. Your research record is also an important consideration for them
4. Fill out the online-application form carefully, do not fill out the form directly on their online system, prepare your answer first in Ms.Word, think and choose the best answers then paste on the online form.
5. You must have a research supervisor before and must have accepted in a PhD/Master program at an Australia university (you must have the offering letter of the program and attach on your application).
6 . If You pass the administration step, you will be called for interview in Jakarta at 5 stars hotel with free accommodation and traveling cost. On this step, you should plan your future and step to achieve your dream and try to be someone “different” 🙂
7. On the next steps (the Asia Pasific level in Canberra) You just can pray.
Do the best and pray the best!!!
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