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British government (Chevening) scholarships

Commonwealth scholarships

DfID shared scholarship scheme

Overseas research students awards scheme

Rhodes scholarship

Cambridge commonwealth trust

Guide to applying for scholarships


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  Please note that currently there is no British Council Fellowship scheme operating in the Caribbean.

Other on-line sources of scholarship information

The Council's Education UK site ( now has a searchable database of scholarships and awards. We recommend it as your first stop for scholarship information.

The Scholarship Search UK ( site now has listings of postgraduate as well as undergraduate awards.

The ACU (Association of Commonwealth Universities) web site - has useful information on the awards they offer. Be aware that conditions vary from country to country (see below for Jamaica and Trinidad).

British Government (Chevening) Scholarships

Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)

Jamaica: Application forms for 2003/04 awards will be available from 13 October at the Security Post of the British High Commission. The closing date is Monday 8 December 2003. Remember you will need to attach two reference letters and one photograph to the completed application form.

Jamaican scholars - 2003/04
Trinidadian scholars - 2003/04
Jamaican scholars - 2002/03
Trinidadian scholars - 2002/03

  • purpose: the aim of British Chevening Scholarships is to bring to the UK present and future leaders, decision-makers and opinion-formers, including particularly able students from countries with whom the UK's economic relations are expected to develop. Preference is given to candidates already in an established career

  • these awards are administered in Jamaica and Trinidad by the British Council, in collaboration with the respective British High Commissions.

    Note on Chevening scholarships in Trinidad

    The British Chevening scholarships are advertised in September of each year in the three main local newspapers. Application forms are available from the Security Guards at the British High Commission in Trinidad and from the Tobago House of Assembly in Tobago from September each year. The closing deadline is November 15. All applicants are informed about the status of their applications in January of the following year. Approximately 2 to 3 candidates are awarded Chevening scholarships each year.


Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships Plan

  • purpose: to enable Commonwealth students of high intellectual promise to study in Commonwealth countries other than their own so that on their return home they can make a distinctive contribution to life in their own countries and to mutual understanding in the Commonwealth
  • level of study: postgraduate. Consideration is also given to highly qualified individuals who wish to pursue undergraduate studies in subject areas not available regionally
  • eligibility: applicants should:
    a) be resident Commonwealth Caribbean nationals
    b) be not more than thirty five years old
    c) be a graduate of a recognised university with at least an Upper Second Class Honours degree.

    For MBA courses you must have a minimum GMAT score of 550 at the time of application.

  • subject areas: arts, social studies, pure science, technology, medicine, dentistry, agriculture, forestry, veterinary science.
  • value: full scholarship
  • tenable at: universities, colleges and other educational institutions in Commonwealth countries
  • duration of award: Up to two years
  • method of selection: Evaluation of application and interview
  • application procedure:
    Jamaica: Forms are obtainable from the Scholarships and Assistance Unit, Cabinet Office, 8th floor, Citibank Building, 63-67 Knutsford Boulevard, Kingston 5, Telephone: (Jamaica) 926 3237 to 47. The deadline for applications (2004 entry) was 3 October 2003.
    Trinidad: The scheme is administered by the Government of Trinidad & Tobago through the Office of the Prime Minister, Scholarships and Advanced Training Section. Further information can be obtained from that office, which is located in the ABMA Building, Training Division, Selection Section, 55-57 St Vincent Street, Port of Spain. Contact Mrs Gloria Stewart, Telephone: 625 9964
  • Obligation: Committed to return home at the conclusion of study. Students may also be bonded by their government.

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DfID Shared Scholarship Scheme

Funded by the Department for International Development
  • purpose: this scheme assists academically able students from developing Commonwealth countries who would benefit from higher education in Britain, to the developmental advantage of their home countries, but who for financial reasons are unable to study in the UK and are outside the scope of existing British government support schemes.
  • level of study: primarily taught Postgraduate courses - maximum two years. Consideration will be given to applications for undergraduate study in subject areas not available regionally - maximum four years.
  • eligibility: candidates should normally be under thirty-five years of age and must certify in writing that they:
    a) are nationals of (or permanently resident in) a Commonwealth developing country and not at present living or studying in a developed country;
    b) are not employed by a Government department (National or Local) or a parastatal organisation;
    c) are themselves, or through their family, unable to pay to study in the UK;
    d) agree to return to their home country to work or study as soon as their award ends.
  • subject area: generally unrestricted, but priority given to subjects related to economic and social development of the overseas country.
  • value: full scholarship.
  • tenable at: most universities (see Scholarship folder at the Council's Kingston office for current listing, and restrictions on subject/eligibility imposed by some institutions)
  • method of selection: selection is made by the British institution, which forwards its nominations to DfID for agreement.
  • application procedure: applications should be made directly to the institutions at which the candidate wishes to study, by the end of March. Candidates may apply to more than one institution, but may accept only one offer of award.

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Overseas Research Students Awards Scheme

  • purpose: to provide awards for partial remission of tuition fees to overseas postgraduate students of outstanding merit and research potential.
  • level of study: postgraduate (research)
  • eligibility: applicants must be commencing full-time study for a higher degree as registered research students at a participating academic institution or already undertaking such a course - see Scholarship Folder at the Council's Kingston office for listing. The awarding committee will not normally consider candidates who have already obtained a PhD, or formal equivalent, as a result of directed research training.
  • subject areas: unrestricted
  • value: difference between tuition fee for home (UK) postgraduate student and the rate chargeable to an overseas student. No money will be paid directly to an awardholder - the student will pay his or her fees at the home student's rate and the difference will be reimbursed to the academic institution by the scheme. Awards are for one year in the first instance, and may be renewed, subject to satisfactory progress, for a second and third year.
  • method of selection: academic merit and research potential are the criteria governing selection.
  • application procedure: apply directly to the institution on the official form (ORS/1), obtainable from their Registrar or Secretary. The closing date is in April.

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Rhodes Scholarship 2003

N.B. see the new Rhodes Scholarhip web site
  • purpose: 'to let the man of possibilities develop on his own lines under influences which Rhodes believed would help him to realise himself.'
  • level of study: an Oxford BA or higher degree such as MLitt., MPhil., MSc. or DPhil.
  • eligibility: candidates must be between nineteen and twenty five years of age, and should have undertaken academic training sufficiently advanced to assure the completion of a Bachelor's Degree by 1 October 2003. For full details of eligibility, and application requirements, consult the Rhodes Scholarship Memorandum.
    NB: Married candidates can now apply, however the scholarship stipend is intended to support only one person, and the Trust takes no financial resposibility for the support of a scholar's spouse.
  • value: full scholarship
  • tenable at: Oxford University only
  • duration of award: two years in the first instance - renewable for a third in certain cases.
  • method of selection: candidates are chosen on their academic and personal record, on confidential testimonials submitted by at least six referees and on a personal interview by a local committee. In addition to proven intellectual and academic achievement of a high standard, applicants are also required to show 'integrity of character, sympathy for and protection of the weak, the ability to lead, and the energy to use their talents to the full'.
  • application procedure: the Rhodes Scholarship Memorandum, which includes an application form, may be obtained from the Secretary, The Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee, P O Box 417, Kingston 6, Jamaica, or Mr Peter Goldson, 21 East Street, Kingston, or from The closing date for 2003 was in September 2002.

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Cambridge Commonwealth Trust

  • purpose: a number of awards are offered under this scheme. The selection of a particular award is decided by the Trust
  • level of study: postgraduate and undergraduate - maximum three years
  • eligibility: citizens of the Commonwealth Caribbean (generally aged twenty-six to thirty-five years) who have at least an Upper 2nd Class Honours degree from a recognised University. For undergraduate scholarships at least three A-level passes (A's or B's) and a pass in the General paper is required
  • subject area: subjects covered by the Cambridge curriculum, and relevant to the needs of the candidate's home country
  • value: full scholarship
  • tenable at: the University of Cambridge
  • method of selection: evaluation of written applications by Cambridge Commonwealth Trust in the UK
  • application procedure: completed preliminary application forms must be returned to the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust by mid-September 2003 for the academic year beginning October 2004
  • obligation: students will be expected to return to their home country to work on completion of their studies

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