OAS Regular Program for Academic Scholarships (Graduate)

Closed Announcement
The Department of Human Development, Education and Employment (DHDEE) of the Executive Secretariat of Integral Development (SEDI) regrets to inform that due to financial constraints, the OAS Scholarship Program for Academic Studies will NOT award scholarships for graduate studies to begin in 2017.


(To begin studies between January 2017 and December 2017)

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

Scholarship opportunities for Master’s or Doctorate degrees, and or graduate research leading to a university degree (No Post-Doctorate)


Self-Placed in an OAS Consortium University

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

Self-Placed in an OAS Non Consortium University

Applicants seek their own admission at a university or educational
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 eight (8) OAS priority areas contemplated in the plan.
  • 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 / Inscrição online / Demande en Ligne
  • Copy of the diploma for the highest degree obtained. (Bachelor of 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 four (4) pages)

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

  • Unconditional Admission letter (s) to university (ies) 
* Deadlines to submit admission letters:
- Pre-selected Candidate** : Candidates who will begin their studies between January and April 2017: November 30, 2016
- Pre-selected ** Candidates who will begin their studies after April 2017: May 31, 2017
  • Identification from Sponsoring Country

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


The OAS Academic Scholarships are complementary in nature, and do not cover 100% of the Scholarship Recipient’s expenses. The scholarships have a monetary cap up to US $30,000 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.



Sponsoring Countries Established deadlines to apply by the ONEs ONE's Website Deadline for PRE-SELECTED CANDIDATES to submit admission letters to the OAS Announcement of the selected awardees 
Antigua and Barbuda  April 8, 2016 Preselected Candidates by their ONEs who start their studies between January and April 2017, have until November 30, 2016 to send their inconditional admission letter directly to the OAS.

Preselected Candidates by their ONEs who start their studies after April 2017, have until May 31, 2017 to send their inconditional admission letter directly to the OAS
November 2016
Argentina  14 de marzo de 2016 Enlace_Link
Bahamas Confirm with the ONE  
Barbados March 31, 2016  
Belize Confirm with the ONE  
Bolivia  6 de abril de 2016 Enlace_Link
Brazil Confirm with the ONE  
Canada March 8, 2016 Link English | French
Chile  Confirme con su ONE  
Colombia  28 de marzo de 2016  
Costa Rica 13 de abril de 2016 Enlace_Link
Dominica March 31, 2016 Enlace_Link
Republica Dominicana Confirme con su ONE  
Ecuador 4 de abril para la ciudad de Quito
1 de abril para el resto del país
El Salvador 16 de marzo de 2016 Enlace_Link
Grenada Confirm with the ONE  
Guatemala 18 de marzo de 2016  
Guyana Confirm with the ONE  
Haiti Confirm with the ONE  
Honduras 17 de marzo de 2016  
Jamaica March 4, 2016  
Mexico 14 de marzo de 2016  
Nicaragua Confirme con su ONE  
Panama Confirme con su ONE  
Paraguay  Confirme con su ONE  
Peru 4 de abril de 2016 Enlace_Link
Saint Kitts and Nevis March 21, 2016  
Saint Lucia February 24, 2016  
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines February 15, 2016 Candidates need to apply to the ONE first.
Suriname Confirm with the ONE  
Trinidad and Tobago March 4, 2016 Enlace_Link
United States of America April 11, 2016  
Uruguay Confirme con su ONE  
Venezuela Confirme con su 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 ScholTechAssist@oas.org



  • The selection results of awardees will be published on our website www.oas.org/scholarship in November 2016.
  • To find out if you were pre-selected, please contact the ONE in your country directly.
  • If you are selected to receive an OAS Scholarship, you must submit a Medical History Form to the OAS Headquarters. All costs associated with complying with the medical examination requirement are the responsibility of the awardees.
  • Selected candidates must have an unconditional acceptance letter and ready to begin studies between January and December 2017.



The OAS Academic Scholarship Program (Regular Program), established in 1958, grants scholarships every year for the pursuit of Master’s Degrees, Doctoral Degrees and Graduate Research leading to a university degree.

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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