OAS Academic Scholarships Program
Call for Applications for Undergraduate Studies 2020

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the OAS will prioritize scholarship applications for online studies.

~ To begin studies between August and December 2020~


All applications must be submitted through the corresponding National Liaison Office (ONE) in your country.

CHARACTERISTICS OF OAS ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS

  • OAS Academic Scholarships for undergraduate studies are awarded for the last two academic years of of a bachelor’s degree to citizens/residents of an OAS Member State of the English -speaking Caribbean and Suriname.

  • Scholarships are awarded for full-time studies at any university in an OAS Member State, including those participating in the OAS Consortium of Universities.
  • Scholarships are not awarded to study at universities in the applicant’s sponsoring country.

  • Study Modality: Onsite, Online or a combination of both. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the OAS will prioritize scholarship applications for online studies.

  • Scholarships are awarded for a minimum period of one (1) academic year and a maximum period of two (2) academic years.

  • OAS Scholarship Recipients must agree to return and remain in the sponsoring country for a period of no less than twenty four (24) months after completing the program of study.

  • Scholarship recipients pursuing online studies must agree to remain in the sponsoring country for the same period of time.
  • The Academic Program 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 eligible to apply for an Academic Scholarship after six months from the termination of their employment relationship or contract.

ELIGIBILITY

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of an OAS Member State.
  • Possess the language competence to undertake studies in the language of the institution in country of study.
  • 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.

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

  • Online Application Form: https://www.oas.org/fms/Announcement.aspx?id=1092&Type=1&Lang=Eng
  • Copies of the Associate degree diploma, if applicable. For those candidates already enrolled in the Bachelor’s degree program, copy of the high school diploma.
  • Copies 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
  • Two (2) recommendation letters: Preferably from current or former professors using the OAS Recommendation Statement Form or previous employer using the Employer Recommendation Form.
    Recommendation letters from relatives will not be accepted.
  • If unemployed or never employed, include a 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). 
  • Copy of the Official Identification Card (ID)Government issued ID by the Sponsoring Country or Passport.
  • Curriculum Vitae. (must not exceed 2 pages),
  • For transfer students: admission letter to program of study to begin in August and December 2020.

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 intend to cover 100% of the Scholarship Recipient’s expenses. The scholarships have a monetary cap up to US $10,000 per academic year. Benefits are allocated on a case by case basis: 

  • $10,000 disbursed directly to the university to cover tuition and mandatory fees if cost exceeds $10,000 per academic year.

OR

  • Tuition and mandatory fees disbursed directly to the university to cover tuition cost if under $10,000 per academic year AND the difference is disbursed as a lump sum directly to grantee that may cover:
    • Health insurance (for onsite students only)
    • Monthly complementary subsistence allowance (for onsite students only)
    • Roundtrip airfare (from the sponsoring country to the country of study)
    • Yearly books/study materials allowance

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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.

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 from the online application system after 72 hours, please write to us at scholarships@oas.org

To learn about the evaluation criteria, click here

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

  • Selected candidates must be already enrolled in the program of study or have an unconditional admission letter to the university to begin studies between August and December 2020.
  • To find out if you were pre-selected, please contact the ONE in your country directly.
  • The OAS will publish the selection results of awardees on our website www.oas.org/scholarship in July 2020.

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