Applications are invited for Fully/Partially Funded Organization of American States (OAS) Academic Scholarships Program.
The OAS offers academic scholarships for study or research at the Master’s or PhD level that lead to a degree at a university or educational institution in an OAS Member State, except within Canada (the nominating country).
There are two types of Organization of American States (OAS) scholarships available:
- Scholarships in an OAS Consortium University: applicants apply directly to up to three programs in universities or educational institutions from the OAS Consortium of Universities list, located in up to three different countries. Candidates must consider at least two different countries of study in their OAS application to be eligible. Applying to this type of scholarship increases the candidate’s chances of being offered an OAS scholarship. Note that under this option, the OAS will reserve the right to select a country of study or research for selected candidates; or
- Scholarships in a Non-OAS Consortium University: applicants apply directly for admission to the universities or educational institutions of their choice and apply separately for an OAS scholarship.
The academic placement or research must be carried out on a full-time basis and may be pursued on-site, by online education or a combination of both.
The value of the scholarship is up to USD 10,000 per academic year. The benefits are assigned on a case-by-case basis and may include:
- a round-trip economy-class airfare ticket from Canada to the country of study;
- tuition fees and mandatory expenses for the academic program;
- a monthly complementary subsistence allowance (for onsite candidates only);
- health insurance (for onsite candidates only); and
- a fixed annual book allowance.
Applicants selected for an OAS scholarship will have to provide proof of additional funds for their monthly subsistence expenses.
Scholarships are tenable for a minimum of one academic year, which must begin between August 2020 and December 2020. Applicants who have already started a program of graduate studies are eligible to apply.
The scholarship can be renewed once for a total of two academic years. The renewal for the second academic year is subject to:
- the availability of funding
- a good academic standing during the first year of the scholarship
- the confirmation by the academic institution that the award renewal is necessary for the student to complete their study program
To be eligible for scholarships, applicants must:
- be Canadian citizens or permanent residents in Canada
- have completed the prerequisite degree(s) for the proposed program of study at the time of submitting an application
- have an overall grade point average (GPA) that is above the minimum standard required by the host university
- be in good physical and mental health to complete the proposed program of study successfully
- possess the linguistic competencies necessary to undertake the academic studies in the language of the institution in the country of study
Applicants are responsible to seek their own admission to the universities or educational institutions of their choice and ensure the necessary admission requirements are met.
To apply for Organization of American States (OAS) Academic Scholarships Program, applicants are required to submit:
- Letter of admission: Letter of admission from the host institution or copy of correspondence testifying that the applicant has requested admission or will have access to the facilities needed to complete the proposed research project
- Proof of Canadian citizenship: a copy of a birth certificate, citizenship card, passport or permanent resident card; a baptism certificate is not accepted as proof of Canadian citizenship
- Official transcripts: a transcript of all post-secondary studies to date (complete academic records including colleges and CÉGEPs) with the cumulative grade point average for each degree or certificate
- Study or research proposal: An essay describing your study or research plan (maximum of two pages)
- Copy of diploma: for the highest degree obtained
- Proof of registration for studies in progress: including courses being taken (if applicable)