OAS Regular Program for Academic Scholarships (Undergraduate) 2015 - 2016

RESULTS of the OAS scholarship announcement for undergraduate academic studies 2015 - 2016

To access the list of awardees, please click here.

ANNOUNCEMENT CLOSED

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OAS SCHOLARSHIPS FOR UNDERGRADUATE ACADEMIC STUDIES - 2015-2016
(To begin studies between January 2015 and March 2016)


For the English and Dutch speaking Caribbean Member States ONLY

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Antigua and Barbuda
Bahamas
Barbados
Belize
Dominica
Grenada
Guyana
Jamaica
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Suriname
Saint Vincent and The Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

All applications must be submitted through the corresponding National Liaison Office (ONE) in your country. Please contact the ONE in your country, before you start the application process, to learn about their deadline and additional requirements.

    With the aim of supporting the efforts of OAS Member States in the development of human resources as a means to achieving the objectives of the OAS Strategic Plan for Integral Development, the OAS provides valuable study opportunities to students by granting scholarships for the pursuit of graduate studies and research that are related to the eight (8) priority areas contemplated in the plan.

  1. OAS academic scholarships for undergraduate studies are offered to citizens of English and Dutch-Speaking Caribbean Member States for full time studies in any OAS Member State, with the exception of the candidate’s sponsoring country.
  2. OAS undergraduate scholarships are awarded for the last two years of studies leading to an undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent), in universities of the OAS Member States.
  3. The studies can be undertaken onsite, online or a combination of both.
  4. OAS Academic Scholarships are awarded for a maximum of two academic years. Selected candidates are required to graduate within that period.
  5. Candidates must return to reside in the sponsoring country for a period f no less than twenty-four (24) months after completing the program of study covered by the OAS scholarship. Applicants for online studies must agree to remain in the sponsoring country for the same period of time.
  6. Current OAS staff members, OAS consultants, staff members of the Permanent Missions to the OAS, and their relatives are not eligible for OAS academic scholarships and must wait until six months have elapsed after the termination of the employment or contractual relationship before they may apply for an OAS scholarship.
  7. The OAS does not award scholarships for studies in the Medical Sciences.
  8. The OAS will not consider incomplete applications.

 

TYPES OF SCHOLARSHIPS

Consorcio de Universidades de la OEA

 

Self-placed: Candidates apply directly for admission to the universities or educational institutions of their choice. The student 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 the undergraduate degree (admission letter must state that the applicant will complete the program of studies within 2 academic years). *

    *For option 2, applicants that need to transfer credits from previous post-secondary studies in order to comply with the OAS requirement to graduate within 2 academic years, must complete this process with the host institution on their own. 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.

 

 

BENEFITS

OAS academic scholarships have a monetary cap of US $30,000 per academic year, which includes all benefits mentioned below. These scholarships are complimentary, which means they do not intend to cover 100% of the student’s expenses.  Not all scholarships include the same benefits.  Benefits are allocated on a case by case basis.
Typically, an OAS academic scholarships offer the following benefits:

  • Roundtrip airfare – (from the sponsoring country to the country of studies)
  • Tuition and mandatory fees.
  • Annual book allowance (US $300 for onsite studies / US $1000 for online studies).
  • Medical insurance (for onsite studies only).
  • Monthly subsistence allowance (for onsite studies only). Subsistence varies depending on the country of study.

NOTE: No benefits will be offered to the student’s dependents.

ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP

ELIGIBILITY
DOCUMENTS
  1. Be a citizen or permanent resident from an English and Dutch-Speaking Caribbean Member States.
  2. Have completed the first two (2) years of the Undergraduate degree, or have an Associate’s degree.
  3. Maintain GPA above the minimum standard requirement by the university.
  4. Be in good physical and mental health to successfully complete the program of study.

The ONEs on the Member States could 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 2 different from current or former professors using the OAS Recommendation Statement Form, and 1 from a current or previous employer using the Employer Recommendation Form. If unemployed or never employed, obtain a third from a professor or someone who can inform us about your qualifications as a student or professional.  (Use the OAS Recommendation Statement Form). Recommendation letters cannot come from relatives of the applicant.
  • Resume (must not exceed 4 pages).
  • Admission letter (only for transfer students). Applicants who will begin studies, between January and April 2015, must submit admission letters by October 2014 directly to the OAS.

The ONEs on the Member States could request additional required documents. Please contact the ONE in your country for more information.

IMPORTANT DATES:

APPLICATION PROCESS:
  1. Scan ALL required documents in black and white, in one single file PDF format. Make sure the scanned file is readable. The file shouldn’t be larger than 8MB. Upload the PDF file with your online application.
    Make sure to upload all the required documents and forms into the online application, because the OAS will NOT receive physical documents or documents send by email.  Please do not include additional documents required by the ONE.
  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 the physical documents required by the OAS and the ONE.
  3. If you are selected to receive an OAS Scholarship, you must submit a Medical History Form to the OAS Headquarters in Washington DC. All costs associated with complying with the medical examination requirement are the responsibility of the awardees.
  • The selection results will be published on our website www.oas.org/scholarships, and also officially communicated to each country’s authorities.
  • Do you have questions about the requirements or the application process? Please contact us at Scholarships@oas.org.
  • Applicants who have questions regarding the status of their Applications during the recruitment and the pre-selection process, must contact their ONEs.
  • To learn about the Evaluation Criteria for Applications, please click here.