Hello, my name is Shubham Tiwari. I am a final year undergraduate student of Western History at the University of Lucknow. I was recently selected for the very prestigious IMCEERES (International Master's in Central and East European, Russian and Eurasian Studies)
- a two years master's degree program at Glasgow University, Scotland, United Kingdom,
starting from September 2022.
I am one of the 45 people
shortlisted from an outstanding pool of applicants that included students, professionals, entrepreneurs, and researchers from all over the world. More than 3,000 people applied for this master's program this year with less than only 2%
making the cut. I am attaching the admission letter from Glasgow University for your reference.
Coming from a family where no one could complete their higher education, my priority is to finish my education so that I can add value to society.
Furthermore, I am not eligible for a bank loan as my family does not own equivalent collateral neither do I have a wealthy co-applicant as non-collateral loans ask for. Major scholarships do not believe in the beautiful potential of Social Science. This motivates me further to fight for my education in Social Science.
When Institutions fail me, I am reinstating my belief, hope, energy and hard-work in the institution of my community, ie. You.
The amount will be given back with a note of gratitude to the respective donors if, by any adverse circumstances, I fail to take admission or arrange the requisite amount of funds.
I have launched this campaign to raise funds to cover the cost of attending the master's program. The essential expenses are as follows:
(The given tuition fees in the offer letter are for one year only.)
Total tuition fees for two years: 30,42,586 INR (31,300 Euro)
Two years of living expenses: 4 lakh
Travel and Visa expenses: 2 lakh
Accommodation: 14,00,000 lakh
Total amount: 50,42,586 lakh
Each donations matters.
If you have queries about my work and future goals, you can reach out to me at-
I was born in a village in Faizabad (Uttar Pradesh), a city in India. Due to parental conflicts and, my father's poor mental health condition (Schizophrenia), when I was only 3 years of age, I was sent away from my parents to live with my uncle in Mumbai (a city in India) so I could be given primary education. There I spent most of my childhood. Until high school, I studied in a charity school, and then, I was sent back to my village again to live with my biological parents. Around this time, as the eldest sibling among three brothers, the pressure for earning a living and supporting my family monetarily and physically started putting an additional burden on me. Amidst the dysfunctional environment due to my father's frequent violent breakdowns, I somehow managed to take admission to a local college, situated twenty miles away from my village, and continued my studies. Yet, the biggest challenge was to study everything by oneself because there were no qualified teachers at the college and, the absence of quality education, electricity and internet facilities, and lack of transportation added extra odds to my path. Although the hardships made it difficult for me to believe in my dreams, they gave me the reason to work harder in my academics. Now on, my only goal was to achieve good grades in class 12th, so I could get a quality education by getting admission to some good universities. So I stuck to the principle that in the end no matter the odds, hard work and consistent efforts will pay off. And it certainly did. I topped my district with 92% in the board exam which boosted my belief in my dream further to pursue an academic career, and for that, I needed to study at a good university from where I can start my academic career.
What have I done so far?
Although I scored 92%, on class 12th board results, and got an admission offer from Delhi University, once again father's depleting mental health condition and the broken financial situation of my family, left me with no choice but to put a hold on my career, and let go of the opportunity I had in front of me. It is only after two gap years (2016-2018), that the situation permitted me, to start over again. So I applied to Lucknow University for a bachelor's in Western History. Here too, the biggest challenge for me was my survival in a metropolitan city like Lucknow. To finance my studies there, I took up several temporary jobs, such as car washer, tour guide, yoga instructor, and language (English and French) tutor.
To ace my dream of working in academia, in September 2021, I started applying for scholarships in various national and international universities across the globe for pursuing a master's in western history. Fortunately, after seeing my academic records and motivation to study, the University of Glasgow offered me an admission letter to pursue a master's in its IMCEERES program. I have a great will to pursue my study, but my financial condition again is holding me back from pursuing my ambition.
I am currently in my third year of university. I have the
-Travel consultant at Make my trip, Indira nagar, Lucknow.
-Event organizer and team leader of 100 students cohort under the National Social Service Scheme (2019-2021).
-Personal WordPress blogs since 2019
-Preparing a research thesis on, "The commencement of Kosovo crisis post-Tito's demise."
-Teacher's assistant at Western History Department (2019-20).
-Helping students write SOPs.
-Yoga Instructor from 2016
why is this important for me?
You can visit my LinkedIn Profile here
I have also attached my CV and class twelfth mark sheet for your reference.
I'll use the opportunity to:
- Employ my knowledge and skills in nation-building by making my contribution to academics and the international forums.
Enhance my understanding of Historical and political developments of countries around the globe by the immersive study of their native languages, culture, and the existing social fabric for framing decisive and practical policies which can serve current demands appropriately.
Active involvement of the world class institutions, leading academicians, and the sophisticated structure and resources for pursuing my research thesis.
How you can help me?
If you wish to contribute to my fundraising campaign:
Kindly share the campaign on your social networks. Tweet, share, Blog: please spread the word! If you know of societies/individuals/companies who can help me with this, please connect me to them.
If you wish to contribute monetarily, you can select one of the contribution levels listed on the right-hand side.
I am going to pursue my dream.
For every ugly hardship, there is an exception; for every scary statistic, there's an outlier. That's me. I have taken the road less traveled my entire life, and this will be no different.
My mind and spirit are fully aligned and engaged to provide me with the willpower and strength to withstand the odds so that I can attain my destiny.
I am absolutely sure that I am going to succeed in this struggle for education, and this will shape me into who I need to be for the rest of my life.
I am grateful that in the last few years, the universe has placed in front of me all the tools that I need to transcend my life. Thank You!