ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES (OAS) SCHOLARSHIPS FOR ACADEMIC STUDIES
The Organization of American States (OAS), through the Department of Human Development, offers two types of academic scholarships. These are offered to students interested in pursuing a graduate degree at any university belonging to the OAS consortium of universities or with which the OAS will make written agreements for the placement of students.
Graduate scholarships are offered for study towards a master's or doctoral degree. They may also be used for graduate research, if required by a specific academic program. Scholarships are awarded for an initial period of one academic year and may be renewed for up to one additional year if funds remain available and if the renewal is necessary to complete the program of study or research for which the scholarship was initially awarded. The OAS does not offer scholarships for studies in the medical sciences. The total financial award from the OAS may not exceed $30,000.00 per academic year, which includes tuition, benefits and administrative costs. There are two types of graduate scholarships:
Self-Placed - Candidates apply directly for admission to the universities or educational institutions of their choice and apply separately to the OAS for scholarships to help finance those studies. Consideration for a scholarship depends on receipt of proof of admission to the university by the deadline established by the OAS General Secretariat. The number of self-placed scholarships the OAS will award among all member States is more limited than OAS-placed scholarships, averaging 1 self-placed scholarship per country.
OAS-Placed - Candidates do not apply directly for admission to universities or educational institutions. Instead, candidates apply to the OAS only for a scholarship. The OAS seeks admission for those candidates selected for scholarships to recognized and reputable universities or educational institutions determined by the OAS, taking into consideration the preferred countries, language(s), and the intended fields and levels of study stated by the candidates. Depending on the individual case, the OAS may negotiate additional resources with these institutions, which often results in the scholarship recipient receiving a full scholarship.
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