Canada-CARICOM Virtual University Scholarship Program (CCVUSP)

Competition: Closed for the 2018-2019 academic year

Who Applies: Citizens of, and living in, an eligible country of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)

Description: The Canada-CARICOM Virtual University Scholarship Program offers scholarships for Canadian university programs to be undertaken entirely at a distance.

Guidelines

The Government of Canada under the Canada-CARICOM Virtual University Scholarship Program (CCVUSP) will offer three programs, delivered entirely online, to learners from CARICOM countries.

Certificate programs offered

Visit the links to view detailed information about the certificate programs offered.

Certificate in University & College Administration, University of Manitoba (CHERD): This program is offered to mid-level administrators practicing in a post-secondary environment. It provides an understanding of university and college cultures and governance, a background to enable participants to function as part of the academic and administrative team, an understanding of student roles, needs and accessibility issues, and the role of accurate and concise communication skills.

Certificat en intervention auprès des femmes, Laurentian University (French only): This self-paced certificate program is comprised of university credit courses, which, when completed, can also be laddered into a Bachelor Degree in Social Work. The Certificat en intervention auprès des femmes comes from and responds to the professional training needs of French-speaking organizations offering services to women.

Graduate Certificate in Destination Development, Royal Roads University: The Graduate Certificate in Destination Development is a graduate-level credential designed in collaboration with industry experts, students, faculty, and education partners and contains timely and relevant program content. It provides students with skills in destination development, leadership, sustainability and tourism. Under this scholarship program, the certificate will be comprised of three courses: TRMN503: Transforming Destinations, TRMN504: Product & Market Innovations, and RMN505: Strategic Tourism Marketing.

Scholarship value and duration

Funding for the Canada-CARICOM Virtual University Scholarship Program (CCVUSP) is made available by Global Affairs Canada through its legal title: the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD).

The scholarship will cover the costs of tuition for all courses required to complete one of the eligible programs under the Guidelines section. All payments will be made on behalf of the student directly to the Canadian institution at which the student is registered.

CCVUSP is co-administered by the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) and the Canadian Virtual University (CVU).

Eligibility

Eligibility requirements for the three certificate programs

  • 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 demonstrate academic-level English or French reading and writing skills as required by the university providing the program.
  • Applicants already enrolled full-time at another institution are not eligible for this scholarship.
  • Successful applicants must be prepared to begin their programs in the fall of 2018 to the spring of 2019. The pace will require full-time attention to complete within one year.
  • Priority will be given to candidates who have not previously received a scholarship under the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program, the Canada-CARICOM Leadership Scholarships Program, the Canada-CARICOM Faculty Leadership Program or the Canada-CARICOM Virtual University Scholarship Program.

Additional eligibility requirements specific to the Graduate Certificate in Destination Development, Royal Roads University

  • Applicants must have completed a four-year undergraduate program in a related field with a minimum GPA of B (3.00/4.33) from a post-secondary institution where English was the primary language of instruction.
  • Applicants must demonstrate at least two years of relevant work experience within tourism or the hospitality industry.

Any questions?

Please direct all inquiries regarding the eligibility requirements to: scholarships-bourses@cbie.ca or 613-237-4820.

Deadline

The deadline to submit an online application and all required supporting documents is 11:59 p.m. EDT, June 14, 2018.

Application process

Instructions

Applicants are encouraged to carefully read the instructions below before beginning to fill in the online form. If applicants experience difficulty filling out or submitting the form, they should send an email to scholarships-bourses@cbie.ca.

Applicants must:

  1. Complete the online form;
    • Individuals who do not have an International Scholarships Canada Application Tool account will first need to Register an account.
    • Under the section “For Non-Canadians”, applicants will need to go to the Canada-CARICOM Virtual University Scholarship Program and click on Apply Now.
  2. Enter data in the fields marked mandatory, following instructions for each item;
  3. Upload all required supporting documents;
  4. Upon completion, verify the information entered prior to submission;
  5. Print the form for their records using the print function in the browser; and
  6. Click SUBMIT to provide their form electronically to DFATD. A confirmation message and reference number will be provided once their form is submitted.

NOTE: Applicants will have the ability to save their application and complete it at a later time. Both saved and submitted applications will appear on the applicant’s profile homepage.

Information required in the application form

  • Letter of intent: In the box provided, the applicant must explain how the certificate will improve their skills and abilities, and how their new knowledge will create positive change in their workplace (600-700 words).
  • Referee(s):

    Certificate in University & College Administration, University of Manitoba (CHERD) and Certificat en intervention auprès des femmes, Laurentian University:

    The candidate must provide the name, title, relation and organisation of the referee (employer) submitting the letter of recommendation. Only one referee is required.

    Graduate Certificate in Destination Development, Royal Roads University:

    The candidate must provide the name, title, relation and organisation of the referees (employers) submitting the letters of recommendation. Two referees are required.

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 citizenship: a copy of the passport or national identity document with valid dates; a baptism certificate is not accepted as proof of citizenship.
  • Curriculum vitae: the curriculum vitae must not include photographs or any personal information such as a date of birth (maximum 3 pages).
  • Academic transcripts: for the most recent studies completed by the applicant.

    Certificate in University & College Administration, University of Manitoba (CHERD) and Certificat en intervention auprès des femmes, Laurentian University:

    Applicants must upload their academic transcripts to the online application.

    Graduate Certificate in Destination Development, Royal Roads University:

    Applicants must upload their academic transcripts to the online application. Two of each of their official transcripts must also be sent from the university in a sealed envelope to the following address:

    Royal Roads University
    Attention: Manager, International Admissions & Registration, CARICOM Scholarship
    2005 Sooke Road
    Victoria, British Columbia
    V9B 5Y2
    Canada
  • Letter(s) of recommendation:

    Certificate in University & College Administration, University of Manitoba (CHERD) and Certificat en intervention auprès des femmes, Laurentian University:

    Applicants must submit a letter of support from an employer that confirms their current position and provides a job description. Only one letter is required.

    Graduate Certificate in Destination Development, Royal Roads University:

    Applicants must submit two letters of support from employers that confirms their position and provides a job description (one of the letters must be from a current employer). Two letters are required.
  • Copy of the language test results: Applicants must submit a copy of their language test results. The minimal test scores for each program and the testing websites are available below. Originals are also required by mail as indicated below.

Language test requirements by certificate program

Certificate in University & College Administration, University of Manitoba (CHERD): Applicants are required to provide an International English Language Test (IELTS) with an Academic 6.5 overall. Alternatively, applicants can provide the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT 86 overall with a minimum of 20 in reading; 20 in writing, 20 in listening, and 20 in speaking.

Original language test results are to be sent by mail directly from the test administrator in a sealed envelope to the following address:

Canadian Virtual University (CVU)
1200, 10011-109 Street
Edmonton, Alberta
T5J 3S8
Canada

Certificat en intervention auprès des femmes, Laurentian University: Applicants are required to provide the Test d’Évaluation de Français pour le Canada (TEF Canada) with the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) at a minimum of 5.

Original language test results are to be sent by mail directly from the test administrator in a sealed envelope to the following address:

Canadian Virtual University (CVU)
1200, 10011-109 Street
Edmonton, Alberta
T5J 3S8
Canada

Graduate certificate in Destination Development, Royal Roads University: Applicants are required to provide submission of an official English language proficiency score report. Results are to be less than two years old. Applicants must submit one of the following tests:

Original language test results are to be sent by mail directly from the test administrator in a sealed envelope to the following address:

Royal Roads University
Attention: Manager, International Admissions & Registration, CARICOM Scholarship
2005 Sooke Road
Victoria, British Columbia
V9B 5Y2
Canada

Conditions

  • 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 at minimum, 20-25 hours per week toward their studies.
  • The scholarship does not allow for course extensions or course repeats. Should a scholarship recipient fail a course, they will be withdrawn from the program. Withdrawn students may choose to continue the program on their own and all international student tuition and ancillary fees will apply.
  • Students must register in the final course within the year of starting the program.
  • All successful candidates will be asked to obtain a free Skype internet telephony account to facilitate communication with universities in Canada.
  • All successful candidates will be required to sign a declaration of commitment.

Background

The Canada-CARICOM Virtual University Scholarship Program serves to enhance the skill sets required to advance the development and sustainability of the CARICOM and seeks to strengthen institutional linkages between Canadian universities and colleges and those in the region.

In 2009, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) and the Canadian Virtual University (CVU) initiated the first Canada-CARICOM Virtual University Scholarship Program (CCVUSP). By 2016, 261 CARICOM students were awarded scholarships to complete a Canadian university program without leaving their home country. CARICOM students were accepted into 23 Canadian university programs that included computer science and technology, business, law, psychology, and mental health. The CVU member institutions that provided programs between 2010 and 2016 were Thompson Rivers University, Athabasca University, The University of New Brunswick, TÉLUQ Université, Royal Roads University, Mount Royal University and the University of Manitoba.

Canadian Virtual University (CVU) is an association of Canadian universities specializing in online education. Established in 2000, CVU is comprised of Athabasca University, Laurentian University, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Royal Roads University, Royal Military College of Canada, TELUQ University, Thompson Rivers University, University of Manitoba, and the University of New Brunswick. Collectively, CVU offers over 4,200 courses and 350 degrees, diplomas, certificates and short programs online to students around the world, in both English and French. The mission of CVU is to facilitate access to, and student mobility within, university education. CVU is committed to increase flexibility for learners; to encourage joint program development; and to disseminate best practices across Canada and around the world. CVU universities are members of Universities Canada, and they conform to their principles of institutional quality assurance. Also, many programs are accredited in the United States and by many national and international professional associations.