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CCRIF Scholarship Programme

New Expanded Programme

The CCRIF Scholarship Programme now provides a greater opportunity for students to pursue study at Caribbean universities. Through the CCRIF Scholarship Programme, CCRIF provides a maximum of eight scholarships annually for students pursuing a Masters or an MBA programme in a number of pre-identified areas related to disaster risk management (see eligibility criteria) as follows:

  • 1 scholarship - up to US$40,000 - for study at a university in the United Kingdom, United States or Canada  
  • 6 scholarships - up to US$11,000 each - 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 Guyana; and University of Suriname
  • Scholarship/s for study in the new course based on the CCRIF Training Programme, “Understanding Disaster Risk Financing, CCRIF Parametric Policies and the Relationship with Fiscal and Economic Policy” at the University of the West Indies – to be offered from August 2020


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

Eligible programmes at universities in the UK, USA and Canada include one-year Masters-level courses in the following areas: 
  • Disaster risk management (DRM)
  • Disaster risk financing
  • Environmental management
  • Meteorology
  • Climate studies
  • Civil/environmental engineering with a disaster risk management component
  • Management studies with a risk management component
  • Environmental Economics
  • Geography/geology
  • Actuarial science
  • Spatial/urban planning
  • Construction/land management
  • Natural/physical sciences with a disaster risk management component
  • (Catastrophe) Risk Management
  • Property/Casualty Insurance
  • Other hazard/disaster related disciplines
  • MBA with a major in risk management and/or insurance or a related field

Online programmes are also eligible for these scholarships. Eligible online programmes include two-year part-time programmes. The scholarships are specifically for those applicants who have gained admission to a Masters level programme or an MBA programme fitting the eligibility criteria presented above. 

Applicants must be holders of a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours bachelor’s degree (or have 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.

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 management, meteorology, climate change, engineering or environmental management. 

In the event that the CCRIF scholarship does not cover the total cost of attendance for a specified programme of study, the candidate will be required to demonstrate the availability of support funding to cover the entirety of the programme being considered. 


  • Recipients must be registered full-time (except in the case of online programmes).
  • Recipients will be bonded to work in the Caribbean for a period of three years immediately after graduation.
  • Scholarships will not be awarded until a bonding agreement has been established and signed between the nominated scholarship recipient and the government of the respective country or other authorized institution and until all visa requirements have been met.
  • Recipients will be required to abide by a CCRIF Scholarship Code of Conduct that governs their interaction with CCRIF SPC and with the university.
  • Recipients will be required to sign an agreement with CCRIF agreeing to the terms and conditions of the scholarship prior to the commencement of their programme.
  • Recipients will be required to provide a statement indicating the ability to cover expenses in excess of the scholarship value if the total programme costs are above that value 
  • Recipients 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.
  • Recipients are expected to achieve academic excellence and are required to ensure that grades are at least a Merit or B grade.
  • Recipients are expected to conduct research for their dissertation (if required for the programme) on topics that are in an area in which CCRIF has an established interest or which is aligned to the CCRIF mandate
  • A report on academic performance will be required at select times within the academic 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 and as stipulated in the signed agreement. 
  • Recipients who fail to complete the bonding period will be required to repay the award.


* 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:  

For additional information or for clarification, please email: