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Organization of American States (OAS) Fellowships Programs

Competition: Closed for academic year 2014-2015

Who Applies: Canadian students and researchers

Description: The OAS offers 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).

Guidelines

There are two types of OAS scholarships available:

  • Self-placed in an OAS NON-Consortium University: candidates apply directly for admission to the universities or educational institutions of their choice and apply separately for an OAS scholarship. Only one candidate per OAS member state will be awarded this type of scholarship; or
  • Self-placed in an OAS Consortium University: candidates apply directly for admission to three universities or educational institutions of their choice from the list of members of the OAS Consortium of Universities. 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 for selected candidates.

The academic placement or research must be:

  • undertaken in the following disciplines: natural sciences, engineering, humanities, social sciences or arts. Scholarships are not offered for studies in the medical sciences nor for language studies; and
  • carried out on a full-time basis and may be pursued on-site, by distance education or a combination of both.

Scholarship Value

The value of the scholarship is $30,000 US* (maximum) per academic year, which includes:

  • a round-trip economy-class airfare ticket;
  • tuition fees and mandatory expenses for the academic program;
  • a fixed monthly allowance;
  • medical insurance; and
  • a fixed annual book allowance.

The benefits will vary according to the terms and conditions as well as the length of the scholarship. OAS scholarships do not include benefits for dependants nor do scholarships cover the totality of awardees’ expenses. Candidates selected for an OAS scholarship will have to provide proof of additional funds for their monthly subsistence.

Scholarship Duration

Scholarships are tenable for one academic year, which must begin between January 2015 and March 2016.

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;
  • good academic standing during the first year of the scholarship; and
  • the confirmation by the academic institution that the award renewal is necessary for the student to complete their program of study.

*All amounts are subject to change.

Eligibility

Candidates must:

  • be Canadian citizens or permanent residents in Canada;
  • have completed the prerequisite degrees for the proposed program of study at the time of submitting an application;
  • be in good physical and mental health; and
  • possess the linguistic competences necessary to undertake studies in the language of the institution.

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.

Terms and Conditions

The terms and conditions are as follows:

  • candidates are not eligible for a scholarship in the country of their citizenship or permanent residency;
  • OAS staff members, OAS consultants, staff members of the Permanent Missions to the OAS, as well as their relatives, are not eligible for OAS scholarships and must wait six months after the termination of their employment or contract before being considered eligible once again;
  • candidates selected to receive an OAS scholarship must agree to return to Canada for a period of no less than 24 months after completing the program. Candidates for distance education programs must agree to the same terms;
  • candidates selected to receive an OAS scholarship will be required to submit a Medical History Form (Word, 133 kb) *. The candidate is responsible for all costs associated with the medical examination requirements; and
  • candidates selected to receive an OAS scholarships will be required to submit proof of additional funds.

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Deadline

The deadline for the DFATD online application form is 11:59 p.m. EDT, March 7, 2014.

The deadline to receive the OAS application form is March 7, 2014. Applications received late or incomplete by the scholarship administrator, the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), will not be considered.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all documents required by mail are received by the deadline. CBIE will not accept incomplete files. Supporting documents, other than the ones requested, will not be accepted.

An acknowledgement of receipt will not be provided.

Notification

Applicants will be contacted by CBIE by April 30, 2014 regarding the status of their application

Applicants must also ensure that a permanent email address is included in their application.

Final Selection

The final selection of scholarship recipients is made by the Academic and Technical Studies Scholarship Selection Committee appointed by the Secretary General of the OAS and will be communicated to CBIE in October 2014. Notification will be sent out to successful candidates in October 2014 by the OAS Secretariat.

Application Process

To be considered for the OAS Academic Scholarships an applicant must complete the following two-step process:

  1. Applicants must first complete and submit the online application form of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) available on this site and provide the supporting documents as requested. This application can be submitted in French or in English.
  2. Applicants must complete and submit the OAS online application form for graduate studies and provide the supporting documents as requested. This application will be used in the final selection process and must be submitted in English.

Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.

All inquiries regarding this scholarship should be directed to: admin-scholarships-bourses@cbie.ca.

Step One: DFATD online application

Applicants:

  • must enter data in all mandatory fields marked by an asterisk (*) in the online application form;
  • upon completion, verify the content prior to submitting the application form;
  • print the form for their records using the print function of their browser; and
  • click SUBMIT to provide their application electronically to CBIE. The candidate will receive a confirmation message and reference number once their application is submitted.

Supporting documents

The following documents must be uploaded and attached to the online application form in one of the following formats: .pdf, .jpg, .doc, .docx, .txt or .gif. Each document must be smaller than 5 Mb in order for the application to upload successfully.

  • Proof of Canadian citizenship: copy of a birth certificate, citizenship card, passport or permanent resident card; a baptism certificate is not accepted as proof of Canadian citizenship.
  • Certificate of admission: certificate 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 registration for studies in progress, including courses being taken (if applicable)

Additional documents to submit by mail

Applicants in fine arts, music and architecture must submit three sets of artwork samples for the pre-selection process. Artwork samples required are as follows:

  • Applicants in the fine arts1 (painting, graphic arts, sculpture and photography) must submit copies or photos of three pieces of their work. Film-makers and video artists must submit at least one recent film, indicating when it was made, how the applicant was involved in its production and the running time. These must be provided on a USB Key, CD or DVD, be dated, and clearly identified with the applicant's name.
  • Applicants in music1 must submit a USB key, CD or DVD of three original work pieces totalling no more than 30 minutes. The recordings of singers and instrumentalists must be chosen from three different musical periods, except in the case of Baroque musicians, who must include movements from three different types of pieces. Piano accompaniments may be included.
  • Applicants in architecture1 must submit up to ten reproductions of drawings, provided on a USB Key, CD or DVD.

All artwork samples must be sent to CBIE at:

Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE)
Attn: Organization of American States Scholarships Program
220 Laurier Ave. W., Suite 1550
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5Z9

Only artwork samples as specified above will be presented to the Selection Committee.

Applicants in the history or theory of art, of music, or of architecture are not required to submit samples.

Step Two: OAS online application

Candidates must complete and submit the online Application of OAS Scholarships for Academic Graduate Studies 2015-2016 and upload the requested supporting documents. Applicants are encouraged to review the full OAS Guidelines before proceeding with the application form.

In addition to submitting the OAS application online, the application and the supporting documents must be submitted by email to
admin-scholarships-bourses@cbie.ca or by mail to the following address:

Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE)
Attn: Organization of American States Scholarships Program
220 Laurier Ave. W., Suite 1550
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5Z9

It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure that these documents are received at CBIE by the deadline.

Supporting Documents

  • Copy of diploma: for the highest degree obtained.
  • Copy of transcripts: a transcript of all post-secondary studies to date (complete academic records including college and CÉGEP) with the cumulative grade point average (GPA) for each degree or certificate. Applicants enrolled in a program of study at the time of application must submit the current transcript.
  • Curriculum vitae: the curriculum vitae must not include photographs or any personal information such as a date of birth (maximum four pages).
  • Admission letter: self-placed candidates in an OAS Non-Consortium University must provide a letter of admission from the host institution or copy of correspondence testifying that they have requested it or that they will have access to the facilities needed to complete the proposed research project.
  • Two recommendation letters from two different, current or former, professors, supervisors, business leaders etc., stamped and/or signed. Applicants must use only the OAS Recommendation Statement Form (Word, 91 kb) *.
  • One recommendation letter from a current or previous employer stamped and/or signed. Applicants must use only the Employer Recommendation Form (Word, 62 kb) *. If unemployed or have never been employed, obtain a third recommendation using the Recommendation Statement Form (Word, 91 kb) *.

Note: Recommendation letters must be written and signed by the referees and cannot be submitted from relatives of the applicant. Relatives are defined as: spouse, son or daughter, stepson or stepdaughter, father or mother, stepfather or stepmother, brother or sister, half-brother or half-sister, stepbrother or stepsister, father- or mother-in-law, son- or daughter-in-law, and brother- or sister-in-law.

Document titles must clearly identify the name of the applicant in the following format: OAS-last name-first name.

Review Procedures

All applications received by the deadline that meet the eligibility requirements are evaluated by the Canadian Scholarship Selection Committee.

The Selection Committee:

  • is made up of individuals from the academic community representing all regions of Canada, both official language groups and a wide variety of academic disciplines; and
  • reviews, evaluates and ranks candidates to recommend a list of pre-selected candidates.

Applications will be reviewed using the following criteria:

  • the adherence to the objectives and the priorities established in the OAS Strategic Plan for Partnership for Integral Development 2006-2009 (PDF, 5.4 mb) * which takes into account individual country and hemisphere-wide developmental needs;
  • potential and commitment of the candidate to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to the development of Canada;
  • the merits and overall credentials of the applicant, including academic and/or professional experience:
    • the quality of the written essays and how well candidates explain the impact they believe their studies will have on their institution, community and country as well as their five‐year plan upon returning to Canada;
    • the candidate’s university grade point average (GPA);
    • the scores obtained in the standardized tests, if applicable;
    • the level of completeness and detail put into the preparation of the application; and
    • the quality of the recommendation letters which attest to the candidate’s ability to perform and to succeed as a scholarship recipient and describe what contribution and impact the referee believes the candidate will have on the institution/community/country.

The following criteria are also taken into account:

  • a geographic distribution that takes into account the greater needs of smaller and emerging economies;
  • potential and commitment of the candidate to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to the development of Canada; and
  • gender equality and equity as an important element in all partnership‐for‐development programming.

Conditions

All recommendations of the Canadian Scholarship Selection Committee and decisions made by the OAS are final and are not open to appeal.

The Canadian Scholarship Selection Committee is not able to provide feedback for unsuccessful candidates.

These scholarships are subject to the availability of funding provided by the OAS through the Department of Human Development, Education, and Culture.


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1Only samples as specified above will be presented to the Selection Committee. Samples can be returned following the competition; please indicate the return address. However CBIE, while taking all reasonable care, cannot be held responsible for the loss or damage of artwork samples.

Background

The objective of the Organization of American States (OAS) Program of Scholarships and Training is to assist the member states with their domestic development goals by supporting human resource development in the priority areas established by the Summits of the Americas, the Strategic Plan for Partnership for Integral Development of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development, and the OAS General Assembly.

The scholarship program is one of the mechanisms for cooperation within the Organization of American States. Its fundamental objective is to promote the economic, social, scientific and cultural development of the member states in order to strengthen ties and achieve a stronger bond and better understanding among the peoples of the Americas through the advanced training of its citizens in priority areas.

Each year, the OAS will award at least one scholarship to Canadians for study or research.

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Date Modified:
2014-03-06