CCRIF SPC 2024 Postgraduate Scholarship Programme Guidelines

Apply for the 2024 postgraduate scholarships under the CCRIF Scholarship Program for Caribbean nationals studying in Caribbean, UK or USA
Apply for the 2024 postgraduate scholarships under the CCRIF Scholarship Program for Caribbean nationals studying in Caribbean, UK or USA

For 2024, CCRIF will provide scholarships for students pursuing a Masters or an MBA programme in a number of pre-identified areas related to disaster risk management for study at the following accredited universities in the Caribbean: The University of the West Indies, University of Technology Jamaica, Northern Caribbean University (Jamaica), University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (Jamaica), University of Guyana, University of Suriname, and University of Trinidad and Tobago

2024 Postgraduate Scholarship Eligibility

The 2024 Postgraduate Scholarship recipients must be citizens of CARICOM member or associate member countries and/or CCRIF member countries in the Caribbean (The CCRIF Scholarship Programme is not available to CCRIF member countries in Central America.)

The eligible Master’s level programmes in the Caribbean are presented in the table below. This table will be revised from time to time as new programmes emerge either across these universities listed here or other universities.

UniversityEligible Programmes
University of the West IndiesFaculty of Science and Technology, Mona – M.Sc. Natural Resource Management (Option – Integrated Urban and Rural Environmental Management)Faculty of Science and Technology, Cave Hill – M.Sc. Natural Resource and Environmental Management (all options)Faculty of Science and Technology, St. Augustine – MSc in Biodiversity Conservation & Sustainable Development in the Caribbean Faculty of Engineering, St. Augustine – M.Sc. Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty of Engineering, St. Augustine – M.Sc. Urban and Regional Planning Faculty of Social Sciences at Cave Hill – M.Sc. Building and Construction Management Faculty of Science and Technology, Mona, M.Sc. – Enterprise Risk Management (Jointly with Mona School of Business and Management)
University of GuyanaFaculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences M.Sc. Environmental Management M.Sc. Urban and Regional Planning M.Sc. Urban Planning and Management
University of Technology, JamaicaFaculty of the Built Environment, School of Building and Land Management – M.Sc. Built Environment
Northern Caribbean University (Jamaica)M.Sc. Environmental Science
University of Trinidad and TobagoM.Sc. Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management
University of the Commonwealth CaribbeanMaster of Business Administration (Disaster Management)
Anton de Kom University of SurinameFaculty of Technology – M.Sc. in Sustainable Management of Natural Resources

Online programmes also are eligible for these 2024 postgraduate scholarships. Applicants must be holders a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of at least 3.0 in an area related to disaster risk management, environmental management, geography/geology, engineering, actuarial science, or a related discipline. Preference may be given to candidates who have some work or volunteer experience in a related field.

The scholarships are valued up to US$11,000 each and are specifically for those applicants who have gained admission to a Masters level programme or an MBA programme fitting the eligibility criteria presented above.

Preference will be given to persons with supporting nominations from publicly-funded (government) national or regional agencies whose mandates are specific to risk management, disaster risk modelling, disaster risk management, meteorology, climate change, civil with environmental engineering or environmental management.


ActionsRequired information
RegistrationRecipients must be registered full-time (except in the case of online programmes).
CCRIF Scholarship AgreementRecipients will be required to sign a CCRIF Scholarship Agreement agreeing to the terms and conditions of the scholarship prior to the commencement of their programme
Recipients will be required to work in the Caribbean for a period of 18 months immediately after completion of the programme. Upon completion of the programme, recipients will be required to notify CCRIF of their employment in the Caribbean at select times/intervals within the bonding period as stipulated in the signed CCRIF Scholarship Agreement. Recipients who fail to complete the bonding period will be required to repay the award, unless CCRIF has provided a waiver.
Thesis TopicRecipients must select a thesis topic in an area in which CCRIF has an established interest or which is aligned to the CCRIF mandate and strategic objectives, with a focus on the Caribbean, which must be approved by CCRIF
Academic PerformanceRecipients are expected to achieve academic excellence and are required to ensure that grades are at least a Merit or B grade. A report on academic performance will be required at select times within the academic programme.
WithdrawalRecipients who withdraw from the programme without good reason and the approval of the Academic Director, or who fail to complete the programme, will be required to repay the award.

Applications must be submitted via the CCRIF online scholarship programme platform at: no later than June 15, 2024.

Important notes for the 2024 Postgraduate Scholarship

* Denotes a mandatory field – your submission will not be accepted until all such fields are complete.

  • Please affix your name to the documents to be uploaded. For example: JohnBrown_Application Form.ext
  • Names of the uploaded documents must match their contents.

Applications must be submitted using the online application form June 15, 2024. For additional information or for clarification, please email: [email protected] 

scholarship Guidelines

All applicants must submit via the CCRIF 2024 postgraduate scholarship online platform:

  • A complete application form (click here)
  • An essay based on the prompt provided in the application form
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Copy of undergraduate degree and transcript; where the degree is not yet awarded by the application deadline date and will be awarded by the beginning of the postgraduate programme the most up to date transcript will be accepted
  • Letter of admission to an eligible programme at an eligible university in the Caribbean
  • Details from the university of the cost of the programme
  • Proof of citizenship (copy of passport or national identity document with valid dates)
  • Passport-size photograph

Applicants must also provide the following letters of reference:

  • Two letters from academic referees at the university level attesting to the applicant’s academic ability and potential
  • A professional letter of reference from one of the following:
    • a current employer – this should explain how the applicant and the home institution will benefit from this new knowledge and expertise;
    • If not currently employed: a former employer – this should attest to the applicant’s skills and professional demeanour and contributions to the institution
    • In the absence of professional experience: a project supervisor or supervisor for volunteer activities – this should attest to the applicant’s skills and contributions

Referees must submit these letters of reference to the following email address: [email protected].

  • The subject line of the email must include the name of the scholarship applicant.
  • The reference report must be in an attachment and the filename must include the name of the scholarship applicant.
  • Emails will be accepted only from organizational email addresses – i.e. emails from google, hotmail, yahoo etc. addresses will not be accepted.
  • The reference reports must be submitted no later than June 22, 2024 (note that this is after the scholarship application deadline).

Applicants must ensure that referees submit the reports by the deadline.

The above guidelines and additional information can be viewed in the Guideline Document (PDF)

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