korean wrote:Providing supporting documents which are not in english takes
much time and effort (suggest a translation etc.). Thus being able
to provide it and provide it is a whole different story.
Regardless of the "story", if you claim to your employer that you have X awards/distinctions, it is your
responsibility to prove it if needed to.
Imagine that you are an employer and someone applies to your job claiming to have won numerous scholarships and research prizes, but he cannot produce supporting documents and will not because it takes much time and effort to arrange for a translation. Would you....take his word for it?!
You do not have to have the supporting documents ready by the PhD program's application deadline. There is a high possibility that you will not be required to provide them.
What you can do is to start
getting your supporting documents in order right away. Take as much time as you need. This is important
, and will come back to haunt you again and again as long as you plan to do research and/or apply for academic positions in the western/English-speaking world.
Its your career, don't be lazy about it.
I have always been careful to requests for documents and keep a file with copies + scanned backups online for every award and scholarship I have won. There was one minor scholarship that I couldn't get documents for because the institute closed down, and I left it out of my CV.