Canada-CARICOM Skills Training for the Green Economy Scholarships

 The Canada-CARICOM Skills Training for the Green Economy Scholarships provides students from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states with short-term exchange opportunities at publicly funded Canadian colleges and institutes. The scholarships support to study in programs or disciplines related to the green economy, which include but are not limited to climate-smart agriculture, coastal and fisheries management, renewable energy, sustainable building techniques, and agro-forestry.

Overview

In 2020, the Government of Canada announced the Canada-CARICOM Skills Training for the Green Economy Scholarships to enhance the skill sets required to advance the sustainable development of CARICOM countries while strengthening the linkages between post-secondary institutions in Canada and those in the region.

The initiative builds on the existing Skills to Access the Green Economy (SAGE) program and includes all member states of CARICOM.

Roles and responsibilities

Canadian post-secondary institutions

Canadian institutions:

  • submit applications on behalf of eligible candidates;
  • promote this scholarship opportunity to their faculty and staff members, as well as to partner institutions from the eligible countries/territories;
  • rank applications based on the institution’s strategic priorities;
  • identify a single person responsible for the submission of applications;
  • sign a Contribution Agreement with DFATD and disburse scholarship funds to successful candidates; and
  • submit qualitative and quantitative reports during the scholarship period.

Scholarship candidates

Candidates interested in this scholarship program should:

  • make their interest known to their home institution;
  • find out if there is an existing institutional collaboration or exchange agreement between their home institution and a Canadian institution;
  • request information from their home institution about the application process and selection criteria specific to the Canadian partner institution; and
  • ensure they meet the eligibility requirements.

Post-secondary institutions from eligible countries/territories

Post-secondary institutions from eligible countries/territories should:

  • communicate with partner institutions in Canada to confirm or explore institutional collaborations and student exchange agreements;
  • promote this scholarship opportunity through their international offices;
  • identify candidates who meet the eligibility and admission requirements for the Canadian partner institution;
  • provide supporting documents for their candidates to the Canadian partner institution, which is responsible for submitting the scholarship applications; and
  • advise selected candidates to gain additional linguistic training and intercultural skills before their departure.

Successful applicants

Scholarship recipients agree to:

  • engage in full-time studies or research as defined by the Canadian institution;
  • arrive in Canada for the uptake of their award between August 1, 2022, but no later than February 1, 2023. Failure to arrive during this time may result in the cancellation of the scholarship;
  • abstain from clinical training or clinically-oriented research involving direct patient care;
  • focus primarily on full-time studies or research during their stay in Canada; and
  • return to their home institutions after the scholarship period to complete their studies.

Additional information

  • the scholarship administrator will not provide feedback to unsuccessful candidates;
  • scholarships cannot be deferred and are not renewable;
  • scholarships are subject to the availability of funding from the Government of Canada;
  • scholarships are not taxable for either the Canadian institution or the scholarship recipient.

Scholarship value and duration

The Canadian institution will receive funding from DFATD for all successful candidates in the form of a contribution agreement and will be responsible for providing the funds to scholarship recipients.

Scholarship values vary depending on the duration of studies:

  • CAD 8,200 for technical or vocational education and training (TVET) at the certificate, diploma, and associate degree levels, for a minimum of four months or one academic term of study; or
  • CAD 14,700 for technical or vocational education and training (TVET) at the certificate, diploma, and associate degree levels, for a period of eight months or two academic terms of study.

In addition to the funds allocated to the recipients by DFATD, Canadian host institutions will receive CAD 500 per scholarship recipient to assist with administrative costs once the scholarship recipient arrives in Canada.

In certain cases, Canadian institutions may be eligible for reimbursement of additional employer compliance fees paid to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada.

Eligible expenses

Scholarship funds should be used towards:

  • visa or study/work permit fees;
  • airfare for the scholarship recipient only via the most direct and economical route;
  • health insurance;
  • living expenses, such as accommodation, utilities, and food;
  • ground transportation, including a public transportation pass; and
  • books and supplies required for the recipient’s study, excluding computers and other equipment.

The Canadian institution will receive funding from DFATD in the form of a contribution agreement and disburse funds to scholarship recipients according to its internal processes.

Should a recipient not take up the scholarship, Canadian institutions must return all funds, including the administrative fee, to DFATD.

Instructions for Canadian institutions

Institutions that have trouble filling out or submitting the form should send an email to scholarships-bourses

Canadian institutions must:

  1. Complete an online application for each candidate.
    • Institutions that do not have an account first need to Register an account.
    • Once the institution has logged into their account, they should select the Canada-CARICOM Skills Training for the Green Economy Scholarships Program in the “For Non-Canadians” section and click on “Apply Now”.
    • Institutions can save applications and complete them at a later time. Both saved and submitted applications will appear on the institution’s profile page.

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