Canada-CARICOM Skills Training for the Green Economy Scholarships Program

The Government of Canada announced the Canada-CARICOM Skills Training for the Green Economy (CCSTGE) Scholarships program in 2020. The program provides students from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states with short-term exchange opportunities at publicly funded Canadian colleges and institutes. The scholarships support college-level students in programs or disciplines linked to the green economy, or with elements related to sustainability, combating environmental degradation, and/or regenerative practices. This could include, but is not limited to: climate-smart agriculture, sustainable culinary practices, renewable energy, and sustainable building techniques, among others.

The Canada-CARICOM Skills Training for the Green Economy Scholarships is a Short-term Exchange Program under Global Affairs Canada’s International Scholarships Program.Eligibility 

To be eligible, you must be:

  • ✔ a citizen of a CARICOM member state
    • Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, or Trinidad and Tobago
  • ✔ a student enrolled full-time at a post-secondary institution (College or Institute) in an eligible country/territory
  • ✔ paying tuition fees to that institution at the time of application and for the full duration of your exchange

Students are not eligible for this scholarship if:

  • you hold or have a pending application for Canadian citizenship or permanent residency
  • you are already participating in a scholarship program funded by the Government of Canada
  • you are already enrolled in a degree, diploma or certificate program at a Canadian post-secondary institution

Canadian post-secondary institutions interested in hosting students must:

  • ✔ be a Designated Learning Institution  (DLI)
  • ✔ have a valid student exchange agreement with the student’s home institution that waives tuition fees for scholarship recipients

Scholarship value and duration 

Award componentValueDurationActivities
Technical or Vocational Education and Training (TVET) at the certificate, diploma, or associate degree level$8,200Four months or one academic termStudy or research at a Canadian college, institute or cégep. A valid student exchange agreement that waives tuition fees is required except for research.
Technical or Vocational Education and Training (TVET) at the certificate, diploma, or associate degree level$14,700Eight months or two academic termsStudy or research at a Canadian college, institute or cégep. A valid student exchange agreement that waives tuition fees is required except for research.

igible expenses

Selected students may use scholarship funds towards:

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

Canadian institutions are eligible to receive:

  • ✔ $500 per scholarship recipient to aid with administrative costs once the student arrives in Canada
  • ✔ reimbursement of additional employer compliance fees paid to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada in some cases

How funding works

Canadian institutions will receive funding from Global Affairs Canada, through its legal name, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) in the form of a non-negotiable contribution agreement and will be responsible for providing the funds to successful students according to its internal processes. Should a student not take up the scholarship, Canadian institutions must return all funds, including the administrative fee, to DFATD.Application process 

Canadian institutions must apply for the scholarship on behalf of eligible students before the deadline.

Before the application period

Canadian institutions interested in hosting students should:

  • ✔ promote the scholarship to faculty and staff members
  • ✔ promote the scholarship to eligible partner institutions
  • ✔ explore student exchange agreements with eligible partner institutions

Non-Canadian institutions interested in sending students to Canada should:

  • ✔ review eligibility requirements
  • ✔ explore student exchange agreements with Canadian institutions
  • ✔ promote this scholarship to students
  • ✔ identify students who meet the eligibility and admission requirements for the Canadian partner institution

Students interested in studying in Canada under this scholarship should:

  • ✔ review the eligibility requirements
  • ✔ ask your international office if your school has an exchange agreement with a Canadian post-secondary institution
  • ✔ contact your international office to learn more about the application process and any admission requirements for the Canadian institution

Application instructions

Application instructions for Canadian institutions applying on behalf of eligible students

  1. Assign a program coordinator to complete applications.
  2. Login or Create an account on Momentum to apply for the scholarship on behalf of students.
  3. Once you have logged into your account, select the Canada-CARICOM Skills Training for the Green Economy Scholarships Program in the “For Non Canadians” section and click on “Apply Now”
  4. Enter data in the fields marked mandatory and follow instructions for each item.
  5. Upload all required supporting documents. Each document must be smaller than 5 MB and in .pdf, .jpg, .doc, .docx, .txt or .gif format.
  6. Verify the data prior to submission.
  7. Click “SUMBIT”. You will receive a confirmation message and a reference number for submitted applications.
  8. Print the form for your records using the print function in the browser.

Visit Help with Momentum for more information.Supporting documents 

Scholarship selection criteria

We evaluate applications based on:

  • merit of the research or study to be undertaken in Canada
  • relevance of the proposed research or study for the green economy sector in the candidate’s home country/territory
  • benefit to the home institution and peers
  • benefit to the Canadian institution, supervisor and peers
  • strength of the linkages to be created through the proposed exchange
  • rankings submitted by the Canadian institution

Note: We give priority to students who have not previously received a scholarship under a Global Affairs Canada Short-term Exchange Program.Key dates 

Application deadline

The deadline for Canadian institutions to submit online applications on behalf of students is 11:59 p.m. EDT, March 21, 2023.

Canadian institutions should establish an earlier deadline with students and their home institutions to ensure timely receipt of supporting documents.

Notification of results

The scholarship administrator will communicate successful results to Canadian institutions in the spring. The administrator will not provide feedback for unsuccessful applications.

Institutions are responsible for notifying students of successful results.

Students should contact their home institution or the Canadian institution regarding the status of their application.

Student arrival in Canada

Selected students may arrive as early as August 1, 2023 for the fall semester and no later than February 1, 2024 for the winter/spring semester. Failure to arrive during this time may result in the cancellation of the scholarship.

Students should submit their visa or study/work permit application as early as possible to avoid delays.Scholarship conditions 

Conditions for successful students

Students selected for the scholarship agree to:

  • engage in full-time studies or research as defined by the Canadian institution
  • abstain from clinical training or clinically-oriented research involving direct patient-care
  • focus primarily on full-time studies or research during your stay in Canada
  • return to your home institutions after the scholarship period to complete your studies

Failure to meet these conditions may result in the cancellation of your scholarship.

Additional information

  • Scholarships cannot be deferred and are not renewable
  • Scholarships are subject to availability of funding from the Government of Canada
  • Scholarships are not taxable for either the Canadian institution or the scholarship recipient
  • Students must return to their home institutions after the scholarship period to complete their studies

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