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Organization of American States (OAS) Professional Development Scholarship Program

Competition deadlines vary throughout the year. See key dates for more information.

Citizens of Organization of American States (OAS) Member States can apply for professional development scholarship program from the Department of Human Development, Education and Culture (DHDEC) of the General Secretariat of the OAS.

You can find the course descriptions for the Professional Development Scholarships Program from the OAS. They are short-term courses for specialized training. In the course descriptions you’ll find information about the:

Courses may take place on-site, by distance education or in a combination of both. Many courses are offered throughout the year. Consult the Professional Development Scholarships Program regularly to stay informed of courses offered.

Note that descriptions are only posted available in the language in which the course is delivered.


To be eligible, applicants must:

  • ✔ be citizens or permanent residents of Canada
  • ✔ meet the course requirements
  • ✔ be proficient in the language in which the course is delivered
Scholarship value and duration

The type of funding will vary according to the type and length of the professional development course. Individual course descriptions specify the funding offered by the institution and/or the sponsoring agency.

Application process

When directed by the OAS to submit an application to the National Liaison Office (ONE) in Canada, applicants must:

  • fill out the online application for the Professional Development Scholarships Program available in each OAS course description
  • print and sign a copy of the application form
  • submit the signed OAS application form with all required documentation to the ONE by mail or by email

Contact information for the ONE in Canada:

Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE)
Attn: OAS Professional Development Scholarship Program
220 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 1550
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5Z9

Phone: 613-237-4820

When applying by mail, applicants should collect the application form and all the required supporting documents in a sealed envelope. This envelope should be sent to ONE by a method that gives confirmation of delivery, such as a courier service or registered mail.

The ONE will acknowledge receipt of the documents by email.

Scholarship selection criteria

To be considered for the OAS Professional Development Scholarship Program, applications must have the official endorsement of the designated ONE of the OAS Member State in which the applicant is a citizen or permanent resident. Applications submitted directly to the OAS will not be considered.

Key dates

Application deadline

The application form and all required documentation must be received by the ONE at least 7 business days before the deadline in the specific course description from the OAS. The ONE is the official channel for processing OAS scholarships. The ONE will send the completed application form to the DHDEC in Washington, DC.

Notification of results

Applicants will be contacted directly by the OAS about the status of their application. Permanent Missions to the OAS, the ONEs and the Offices of the General Secretariat in the countries concerned will also be informed of the names of the scholarship recipients.

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

Scholarship conditions

Conditions for successful applicants

Terms and conditions:

  • Applicants are only eligible for a scholarship for study in an OAS member state other than Canada
  • A scholarship for study in another country in which the applicant also holds citizenship or permanent residency is subject to approval
  • Applicants may be granted a scholarship for a distance education course where the participant remains in Canada for all or most of the duration of the course
  • Recipients of an OAS Professional Development Scholarship Program in the past 12 months and current OAS scholarship recipients are not eligible to apply

Additional information

All decisions made by the OAS are final and are not open to appeal.

Documents submitted to the ONE will not be returned.

These scholarships are subject to the availability of funding provided by the OAS through the DHDEC.

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