The Government of Canada under the Canada-CARICOM Virtual University Scholarship Program (CCVUSP) will offer three programs, delivered entirely online or through distance education, to learners from CARICOM countries.
The scholarships will be awarded and funded by Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) and will be co-administered by the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) and Canadian Virtual University (CVU).
Scholarship Value and Duration
The scholarship will cover the costs of tuition for all courses required to complete one of the eligible programs under the Eligibility section. All payments will be made on behalf of the student directly to the Canadian institution at which the student is registered.
- Applicants must be citizens of and living in one of the following countries: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitt's, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos.
- Applicants must be at least 21 years of age at the time of their application.
- Applicants must have academic-level English or French reading and writing skills as required for university studies.
- Applicants already enrolled full-time at another institution are not eligible for this award.
- Priority will be given to candidates who have not previously participated in a DFATD international scholarship program.
- Students must be prepared to begin their program as soon as their scholarship is confirmed.
Eligible Certificate Programs
The deadline to submit an online application and all required supporting documents is 11:59 p.m. EST, February 3, 2014.
Applicants must complete the online application form available on this page.
- Enter the data in the fields provided, following the instructions for each item.
- Upon completion, verify the data prior to submitting.
- A hard copy for record keeping can be obtained by printing the form using the print function of the browser. Note that a hard copy is not required by the administrator for the selection process.
- Click SUBMIT to send the online application. A confirmation page and reference number will appear after submission.
Successful candidates will be required to sign a declaration of commitment.
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.
- Curriculum vitae (maximum 3 pages).
- Proof of citizenship: a copy of the passport or national identity document with valid dates; a baptism certificate is not accepted as proof of citizenship.
- Academic transcripts for the most recent studies completed by the applicant.
- Applicants to the English program whose first language is not English must attach results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or attach academic transcripts demonstrating that the applicant has previously completed a postsecondary degree in English.
- Applicants to the French programs will be required to complete a French test in the first semester of their program. If applicants do not meet the level required, they will be asked to successfully complete FRA 1002 or FRA 3005 within the first 12 months of their program and/or before having completed more than half of their program requirements. To be exempted from this language test, applicants must submit proof with their online application that they have graduated with a university degree or a Diplôme d'études supérieures spécialisées (DESS) from the list of francophone universities recognized by TELUQ (French only) available on their website.
CVU will contact successful applicants to guide them through the admission process at the university offering the program. The scholarship will not be confirmed until the student has completed the admission process at the university offering the program.
- The online application and all required supporting documents must be submitted before an application can be reviewed. Incomplete applications will not be considered and applicants will not be contacted to provide missing information.
- Awards are conditional on receiving admission confirmation from CVU.
- Applicants must be able to commit to at least 10-15 hours per week toward their studies.
- Students must register in the final course of their program within two years of starting the program.
- Successful applicants will be asked to obtain a free Skype internet telephony account to facilitate communication with universities in Canada.
The Canada-CARICOM Virtual University Scholarship Program (CCVUSP) was announced in 2007 by Prime Minister Harper during a visit to the Caribbean. The program serves to enhance the skill sets required to advance the development and sustainability of CARICOM and seeks to strengthen institutional linkages between Canadian universities and colleges and those in the region.
Canadian Virtual University (CVU) is an association of Canadian public universities specializing in online and distance education. Collectively, these universities offer over 3,000 courses and 350 degrees, diplomas and certificates available completely at a distance to students across Canada and around the world, in English and French.
CVU universities are all members of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) and conform to its principles of institutional quality assurance in Canadian higher education.