OAS Academic Scholarships Program Undergraduate Studies

For the English Speaking Caribbean and Suriname ONLY

 

~To begin studies between August 2018 and April 2019~


All applications must be submitted through the corresponding National Liaison Office (ONE) in your country. Check application deadlines at the bottom of the page

TYPES OF ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarships are awarded to study at an institution participating in the OAS Consortium of Universities or Non Consortium Universities

Applicants are encouraged to seek admission at a university within the OAS Consortium of Universities

The applicant must:

  1. be enrolled in the program of study and be eligible to graduate within 2 academic years from the date of the award, or
  2. be accepted into the university for the last two years of an undergraduate degree (admission letter must state that the applicant will complete the program of studies within 2 academic years).*

* For option 2, applicants are responsible to transfer credits from previous post-secondary studies the proposed host institution in order to comply with the OAS requirement to graduate within 2 academic years. If a candidate is selected to receive an OAS scholarship, he/she will need to provide the OAS, with an official letter from the host institution, the total number of credits successfully transferred before the scholarship award documents can be issued


CHARACTERISTICS OF OAS SCHOLARSHIPS

  • OAS Academic Scholarships are awarded for full-time studies at any university in an OAS Member State, with the exception of the applicant’s sponsoring country.
  • Study Modality: Onsite, Online or a combination of both.
  • OAS Academic Scholarships are awarded for a minimum period of one (1) academic year and/or the last two (2) academic years of studies, leading to an undergraduate degree (bachelor's degree or its equivalent).
  • OAS Scholarship Recipients must return and remain in the sponsoring country for a period of no less than twenty four (24) months * after completing the program of study.

* The requirement to remain in the sponsoring country upon the completion of study, also applies to those who completed their studies online.

  • The OAS does not award scholarships for studies in the Medical Sciences and the learning of new languages.

  • OAS Staff members, OAS Consultants, Staff members of the Permanent Missions to the OAS, and their relatives are not eligible* to apply for an OAS Scholarship .

* They will be eligible only after six months from the termination of their employment relationship or contract before they can apply for a scholarship.


ELIGIBILITY

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of an of an English Speaking Caribbean OAS Member States and Suriname.
  • Have completed the first two (2) years of the Undergraduate degree, or have an Associate’s degree.
  • Have a GPA above the minimum standard required by the university.
  • Be in good physical and mental health to complete the program successfully.

The ONEs in the Member States may have additional eligibility requirements. Please contact the ONE in your country for more information.

  • Online Application
  • Copy of the Associate’s diploma, if applicable. For those candidates already enrolled in the bachelor’s program, copy of the high school diploma.
  • Copy of the Associate’s degree transcripts, if applicable. For those candidates already enrolled in the Bachelor’s degree program, latest transcripts from the current program of study.
  • Three (3) recommendation letters: Preferably two (2) different letters from current or former professors using the OAS Recommendation Statement Form, and one (1 ) from a current or previous employer using the Employer Recommendation Form *. Recommendation letters from relatives will not be accepted.

* If unemployed or never employed, include a third letter from a professor or someone who can be considered providing reference of your qualities as a student or professional (using the Recommendation Statement Form).

  • Curriculum Vitae. (a maximum of two (2) pages)

* Please do not include diplomas of conferences, seminars, workshops, etc. Do not send photographs nor copies of your thesis project.

  • Admission letter to university* 

* only for transfer students


Should you have questions related to the requirements and the application process?
Please write us at Scholarships@oas.org


BENEFITS OPEN/CLOSE +-

The OAS Academic Scholarships are complementary in nature, and do not intended to cover 100% of the Scholarship Recipient’s expenses. The scholarships have a monetary cap up to US $15,000 per academic year. Not all OAS scholarships offer the same benefits. Benefits are allocated on a case by case basis.

  • Roundtrip airfare (from the sponsoring country to the country of study)
  • Tuition and mandatory fees
  • Yearly books allowance (US $300 for onsite studies / US $1,000 for online studies)
  • Health insurance. (for onsite students only)
  • Monthly complementary subsistence allowance (for onsite students only). The complementary subsistence allowance is a fixed amount. Therefore, in case you are selected for a scholarship, you will have to demonstrate proof of additional funds, before the OAS issues your scholarship contract, for your monthly subsistence allowance.

Note: OAS scholarships do not include benefits for the student’s dependents.


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DEADLINES OPEN/CLOSE +-

Sponsoring Countries Established deadlines to apply by the ONEs PRE-SELECTED CANDIDATES Deadline for submission of admission letters to the OAS Announcement of the selected awardees 
Antigua and Barbuda  Check with your ONE

Pre-selected Candidates who will begin their studies in August/September 2018:
June 8, 2018

Pre-selected Candidates who will begin their studies between January and April 2019:
November 16, 2018

Early July 2018
Bahamas Check with your ONE
Barbados
April 6, 2018
Belize April 12, 2018
Dominica Check with your ONE
Grenada March 29, 2018
Guyana Check with your ONE
Jamaica March 29, 2018
Saint Kitts and Nevis Check with your ONE
Saint Lucia Check with your ONE
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Check with your ONE
Suriname March 30, 2018
Trinidad and Tobago Confirm with your ONE

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APPLICATION PROCESS OPEN/CLOSE +-

STEP 1

SCAN all required documents (black and white) in one single file in PDF format and should not be larger than 8MB. Upload the PDF file to your online application (Please make sure that your documents are legible)

The OAS will not consider incomplete applications. Be sure to upload all documents and forms required by the OAS to the online application as the OAS will not receive physical documents nor documents received after the deadline by email.

STEP 2

After you submit the application, you will receive an email with the application you filled out in PDF format. PRINT the application, add the required documents, and submit the package to the ONE in your country.


The ONE will pre-select candidates, therefore, make sure to send them all required physical documents required by the OAS and the ONE.
In case you have not received an email confirmation, please write us at ScholTechAssist@oas.org


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION - (Only for pre-selected candidates by the ONE) OPEN/CLOSE +-

  • Selected candidates must have an unconditional acceptance letter and ready to begin studies between August 2018 and April 2019.
  • To find out if you were pre-selected, please contact the ONE in your country directly.
  • The selection results of awardees will be published on our website www.oas.org/scholarship in early July 2018.

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ABOUT THE PROGRAM OPEN/CLOSE +-

The OAS Special Caribbean Scholarships Program (SPECAF), established in 1983, grants scholarships for the last two years of undergraduate studies to citizens and residents of the English-speaking Caribbean OAS Member States, and Suriname.

I am truly grateful for the OAS scholarship program and certainly encourage all interested candidates to apply. I would encourage you to write you application according to your passions and dreams while being mindful and open to new possibilities.  Speaking from experience, I was most impressed and humbled by the time and consideration that the OAS put into my application, so that a good match was made academically. Being selected to participate in the OAS Scholarship program is an honor and a privilege worth trying for, good luck!

Andy Lange, United States, 2011-2012 academic cycle

“ The OAS scholarship was for me an step to get greater qualifications  to be ready to postulate for a better job in the future but one of the best things that I have found is the network that I had been being able to build in just one year at Laval University, Canada. This has helped me to meet other student from Haiti that I did not meet before and many people from everywhere.  OAS made thing easier.”

Jerry C. Fevrin, Haiti, 2014-2015 academic cycle

 


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