2. Make sure you can do it
Once you’ve made a list of things you’d like to apply for, and before diving into an application, make sure you’re qualified.
Sometimes opportunities are limited to people with certain passports, of a certain age or career stage, languages, or any number of other criteria. If you’re not quite sure if you qualify, it is always best to read the application thoroughly, and then email or call and ask any lingering questions before applying.
Then, gauge if this opportunity is feasible for you. Some may require a part-time or full-time commitment that can’t always be balanced with other responsibilities. And unfortunately, not all opportunities are affordable. Some have application or submission fees, participation fees, and many don’t cover living expenses, travel, food, housing, or materials. Sometimes, it’s possible to apply for other funding or find other ways to subsidize costs, but it’s important to take into consideration the additional effort.