October 17, 2010

OAS/UPEACE Scholarships for Professional Development Courses in Costa Rica

The Organization of American States (OAS) and The University for Peace through the UPEACE Institute have decided to support outstanding individuals of the Americas by offering OAS/UPEACE scholarships to further their education through the following Professional Development courses:
One Week Course:
* Fundraising for Sustainable Development
Two Weeks Courses:
* Sports and Peace
* Arms Control and Disarmament Today
* Environmental Security Assessment: Principle and Practice
* Gender and Human Trafficking
Three Weeks Courses:
* Curricular Design for Peace and Conflict Studies
* Hunger, Famine and Food Security

The courses will be held from January 17th to 04th February 2011, in Ciudad Colón, Costa Rica. The scholarship will cover 100% of the tuition cost and a complementary subsistence amount of $150 per week. In order to apply for the OAS/UPEACE Scholarship, participants must be admitted to the course.

* Applicants must have a four or five year undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 85/100, 3.5/4 or equivalent,
* Minimum of 3 years of work experience in the field of social sciences
* Excellent command of English
* Citizens or permanent residents of an OAS Member State, except Costa Rica
* Unconditional admission to one of the above-mentioned UPEACE Institute courses
* Applicants who are Staff members of the OAS General Secretariat, persons under performance contracts with the General Secretariat, staff members of the permanent missions to the OAS, members of the Academic and Technical Studies (ATS) Scholarship Selection Committee, and their relatives are not eligible for OAS academic or technical studies scholarships

# Applicants should complete and submit the OAS Scholarship Application Form and the required documents in PDF format via e-mail to Ana Maria Ortiz Senior amortiz@oas.org and Leyla Cortes lcortes@oas.org. Please indicate in the subject “OAS/UPEACE” and your name.
Please attach the following required documents:
* Copy of the transcript of the highest university degree obtained (Bachelor’s, Master’s, etc)
* Updated Curriculum Vitae or Résumé
* One letter of recommendation of current employer
* Standardized English test results (TOEFL or IELTS)

Scholarship selection criteria
The following scholarships are offered: 1 week course - US $ 700; 2 week courses - US $ 1,400;3 weeks courses  -US $ 2,100 (covers 100% of the tuition cost, and a complementary subsistence amount of $150 per week)
Scholarships shall be granted based on the following criteria:
1. The overall academic merit of the candidate.
2. The professional experience and achievements of the candidate.
3. The candidate’s potential impact upon completion of the course of study and return to the country of origin.
4. An extensive and equitable geographic distribution for the benefit of all Member States that takes into account the greater needs of the smaller and relatively less developed economies.
5. Gender equality and equity.

The official deadline to apply for this scholarship is 15th November 2010.

Rosario Gutiérrez
UPEACE Institute Coordinator
Department of Academic Administration
University for Peace
E-mail: upeaceinstitute@upeace.org
Telephone: (506) 2205-9000

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