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Organization of American States (OAS) Fellowships Programs

Mar 07, 2012


The objective of the Organization of American States (OAS) Program of Scholarships and Training is to assist the member states with their domestic development goals by supporting human resource development in the priority areas establsihed by the Summits of the Americas, the Strategic Plan for Partnership for Integral Development of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development, and the OAS General Assembly.

The scholarships program is one of the mechanisms for cooperation within the Organization of American States. It's fundamental objective is to promote the economic, social, scientific, and cultural development of the member states in order to strengthen ties and achieve a stronger bond and better understanding among the peoples of the Americas through the advanced training of its citizens in priority areas.

The OAS will award at least two scholarships to Canadians for study or research.


The OAS offers scholarships for study and research at the Master's or PhD level that lead to a degree at a university or educational institution within Canada.

The studies must be carried out on a full-time basis and may be pursued by on-site, by distance education or a combination of both.

The competition is open to students of all disciplines (natural sciences, engineering, humanities, social sciences and arts). Scholarships are not offered for studies in the medical sciences and the learning of new languages.

There are two types of scholarships available:

  • Self-placed: an applicant applies directly for admission to a university or educational institution of their chouice and applies separately for an OAS scholarship, which has an annual monetary cap. The scholarship is contingent on receipt of proof of admission to the university by the application deadline; or
  • OAS-placed: an applicant applies fo ran OAS scholarship. The OAS seeks a placement for the scholarship recipient at a university or other educational institution within the OAS consortium of universities. Applicants must refer to the list of these universities provided through the following link:  Consortium of Universities*. The OAS will take into consideration the candidate’s preferred countries of study, as well as the field and level of study to the fullest extent possible.

Scholarship Value

The scholarship is awarded for a maximum of two academic years. The renewal for the second academic year is subject to:

  • the availability of funding;
  • good academic standing during the first academic year; and
  • the confirmation by the academic institution that the renewal period is necessary to complete the program of study for which the scholarship was initially awarded.

Scholarships are tenable for one academic year which must begin between January 2013 and March 2014.



  • must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada;
  • must hold the equivalent of an undergraduate or graduate degree (as required by the degree program for which the scholarship is requested); and
  • must be in good physical and mental health to complete the program successfully.

In addition, OAS-placed applicants:

  • who intend to pursue studies in Spanish, Portugese, or French must complete the following form: Certificate of Language Proficiency Form*2;
  • whose native language is not English and who wish to study in the United States are required to complete the academic TOEFL*English language test;
  • who wish to study in the United States in business, management, and related fields may be required to complete the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)*; and 
  • who wish to study in the United States in economics and related fields, should note that some universities require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)*.

Terms and Conditions

The terms and conditions are as follows:

  • applicants are not eligible for a scholarship in the country of their citizenship or permanent residency;
  • OAS staff members, OAS consultants, staff members of the Permanent Missions to the OAS, as well as their relatives, are not eligible for OAS scholarships and must wait until six months have lapsed after the termination of their employment or contract before they may apply for an OAS scholarship;
  • candidates must agree to return to Canada for a period of no less than 24 months after completing the program. Candidates for distance education programs must agree to remain in Canada for the same length of time;
  • candidates applying for an OAS-placed scholarship will be required to submit original documents and notarized/stamped copies of their diploma for placement purposes;
  • candidates applying for an OAS-placed scholarship to study in a country where the curriculum is taught in a language other than the one in which they completed previous studies will be required to submit official translations of their transcripts and of the diploma of the highest degree obtained; and
  • candidates selected to receive an OAS scholarship will be required to submit a Medical History Form*2. The candidate is responsible for all costs associated with the medical examination requirements.

Application Process

To be considered for the OAS Academic Scholarships, an applicant must complete and subit the online application form available on this site and provide the supporting documents as requested.

Pre-selected candidates will be asked to complete and submit a second application for the OAS.

Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.


Applicants are invited to read the Application Guidelines prior to submitting a formal application.


  • must complete the online application form;
  • must enter data in the fields provided, following instructions for each item;
  • must, upon completion, verify the data prior to submission;
  • can obtain a hard copy for record keeping by printing the form using the print function in the browser, prior to submitting; and
  • must click SUBMIT for the online application. A confirmation page and reference number will appear after submission.

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.

  • Proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent residency in Canada: copy of a birth certificate, citizenship card or passport or permanent resident card; a baptism certificate is not accepted as proof of Canadian citizenship.
  • Certificate of admission: certificate of admission from the host institution or a copy of correspondence (including email correspondence) testifying that the applicant has requested admission or will have access to the facilities needed to complete the proposed research project.
  • Proof of registration for studies in progress.

Documents Sent by Mail

The following documents must be sent by mail:

  • Curriculum vitae: the curriculum vitae must not include photographs or any personal information such as a date of birth (maximum of four pages).
  • Official transcripts: a transcript of all post-secondary studies to date (complete academic record(s) including colleges and CÉGEPs) with the cumulative grade point average (GPA) for each degree or certificate.
  • Copy of the diploma for the highest degree obtained.
  • Certificate of Language Proficiency Form*2 (if applicable).
  • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)* (if applicable).
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)* (if applicable).

Artwork samples: three sets of artwork samples for applicants in fine arts, music and architecture. Applicants in the history or theory of art, of music, or of architecture are not required to submit samples. Artwork samples required are as follows:

  • Applicants in the fine arts3 (painting, graphic arts, sculpture and photography) must submit copies or photos of three pieces of their work. Film-makers and video artists must submit at least one recent film, indicating when it was produced, the involvement of the applicant, and the total running time of the movie. These must be provided on a USB key, CD, or DVD with the date and the applicant's name.
  • Applicants in music3 must submit a USB key, CD, or DVD of three original work pieces totaling no more than 30 minutes. The recordings of singers and instrumentalists must be chosen from three different musical periods, except in the case of Baroque musicians, who must include movements from three different types of pieces. Piano accompaniments may be included.
  • Applicants in architecture3 must submit up to 10 reproductions of drawings, provided on a USB key, CD, or DVD.

Only samples as specified above will be presented to the Selection Committee.

Documents Sent by Email

The following documents must be sent by email:

Letters of recommendation:

If unemployed or never employed, applicants are able to submit a third letter from a former professor/supervisor.

Letters of recommendation must be properly signed and sent separately, by the referee, as a PDF document to the scholarship administrator at Documents and email subject lines must clearly identify the name of the applicant in the following format:

Subject: OAS-last name of the candidate-last name of the referee

          Example: OAS-Smith-Johnson

The letters of recommendation must arrive by the deadline for the online application to be considered.


The deadline for the online application form is 11:59 p.m. EDT, March 7, 2012. Applications received late or incomplete will not be considered.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that supporting documents are received by the deadline. The Selection Committee will not accept incomplete files. Supporting documents, other than the ones requested, will not be accepted.

It is strongly recommended that the applicant collect all the required supporting documents (except the letters of recommendation) in a sealed envelope and send them to the scholarship administrator in one package by a method that provides confirmation of its delivery, such as a courier service or registered mail.

If the applicant is unable to collect all their required supporting documents into one package, the applicant must ensure that their institution(s) submit the documents directly to the scholarship administrator by the deadline. The applicant’s name and the scholarship program for which the applicant is applying must be on all documentation sent to the scholarship administrator.

All supporting documentation must be sent to the scholarship administrator at:

Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE)
Attn: OAS Academic Scholarships
220 Laurier Ave. W., Suite 1550
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5Z9

An acknowledgement of receipt will not be provided.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012