Extra-Regional scholarships open

The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility has opened its 2013 Extra-Regional Scholarship application process.

Through its Scholarship/Professional Development Programme of the wider CCRIF Technical Assistance Programme, CCRIF is providing a maximum of two scholarships annually for citizens of CARICOM member countries and/or CCRIF member countries who are pursuing a Masters or an MBA programme in one of the areas identified below, which are not available at regional universities but which are available at universities in the United Kingdom, United States or Canada:

(Catastrophe) Risk Management

Property/Casualty Insurance

Climate Change

Other hazard/disaster related disciplines

MBA programme with a major in risk management and/or insurance or a related field

The scholarships are valued at a maximum of US$40,000 each and are specifically for those applicants who would have gained admission to a Masters level programme or an MBA programme fitting the eligibility criteria presented above.

Last year, CCRIF provided two extra-regional scholarships to students to pursue a Masters in Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy at Columbia University in the USA and an MSc in Climate Change and Development at the University of Sussex in the UK.

CCRIF’s TA Programme has been developed to help countries in the region deepen their understanding of natural hazards and catastrophe risk and the potential impacts of climate change. The scholarship component of the TA programme is designed to assist with the creation of a cadre of professionals who can play a key role in developing national and regional strategies that will lead to improved disaster risk management and increased climate change resilience.

Since 2010, CCRIF has awarded 19 scholarships to students either through its Extra-Regional Scholarship Programme, its University of the West Indies-CCRIF scholarship programme or through its cooperation with member countries and regional organisations. Total disbursements to date are in excess of US$200,000.

CCRIF believes that building capacity in catastrophe risk management at the individual level through support for education will ultimately contribute to the main objective of its overall technical assistance programme helping countries in the region deepen their understanding of natural hazards and catastrophe risk and the potential impacts of climate change.

Applications for the extra-regional scholarship programme must be submitted no later than 20 April.

For additional information or for clarification, email [email protected]

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