OAS Academic Scholarship Program
(Graduate Studies or Graduate Research 2018-2019)

Closed Announcement

~The OAS informs of the new offer of the OAS Academic Scholarships Program for Graduate and Undergraduate studies for selected candidates that will begin classes between August 2018 and April 2019~

Selected Candidates

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

Scholarship opportunities for Master’s or Doctorate degrees, or graduate research leading to a university degree


Scholarships to study in an institution participating in the OAS Consortium of Universities

Applicants are strongly encouraged to seek their own admission at a university
that is part of the OAS Consortium of Universities.

Scholarships to study in a Non-Consortium University

Applicants seek their own admission at a university or academic
institutions of their choice within the OAS Member States.


  • 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 a maximum period of two (2) academic years.
  • 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.

  • OAS Scholarships awarded for graduate studies and or research, should be framed within the the Comprehensive Strategic Plan of the Organization
  • The OAS does not award scholarships for studies in 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.



  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of an OAS Member State.
  • Have obtained a university degree by the time of applying for the Scholarship.
  • 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 Form / Demande en Ligne (Français, French)
  • Copy of the diploma for the highest degree obtained. (Bachelor or Master)
  • Copies of transcripts of grades for all academic degrees completed and to be completed. (If the applicant is currently enrolled in a program of study, he/she will need to submit the current transcript).
  • Three (3) recommendation letters: Preferably 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 (s) to university (ies) *
* Deadlines to submit Admission letters: :
- 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

Should you have questions related to the requirements and the application process, please write us at [email protected]


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$15,000 per academic year. Not all OAS scholarships offer the same benefits. Benefits are allocated on a case by case basis. Benefits may include:

  • 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.



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, 2019

Pre-selected Candidates who will begin their studies between January and April 2019:

November 16, 2018

July 2018
Argentina  March 23, 2018
Bahamas Check with your ONE
Barbados April 6, 2018
Belize April 12, 2018
Bolivia  April 16, 2018
Brazil Check with your ONE
Canada March 21, 2018
Chile  March 16, 2018
Colombia  April 11, 2018
Costa Rica April 16, 2018
Dominica Check with your ONE
Republica Dominicana Check with your ONE

April 13, 2018 - Quito

April 11, 2018 rest of the country
El Salvador April 5, 2018
Grenada March 29, 2018
Guatemala March 21, 2018
Guyana Check with your ONE
Haiti Check with your ONE
Honduras April 3, 2018
Jamaica March 29, 2018
Mexico April 6, 2018
Nicaragua March 30, 2018
Panama April 11, 2018
Paraguay  April 24, 2018
Peru April 16, 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 Check with your ONE
United States of America April 30, 2018
Uruguay April 5, 2018
Venezuela Check with your ONE




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.


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 [email protected]


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 OAS will publish the selection results of awardees on our website www.oas.org/scholarship in early July 2018.



To learn about the evaluation criteria, click here