Barbadians between the ages of 18 and 40, who have been accepted to an internationally-accredited university at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, are invited to apply for the National Development Scholarships 2015.

The scholarships, which are being offered by the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, will be awarded in a number of areas.

These are: Agricultural; Engineering Technology; Cybercrime; Forensic Pathology; Herbal Medicine; Orchestral Music; Orthotics and Prosthetics; Photovoltaic Engineering and Robotics/Computer Numeric Control.

The Ministry has advised that programmes which are offered at the University of the West Indies will not be considered. The scholarship will cover the cost of one (1) direct economy class ticket to the country of study at the commencement of the course, and one (1) return ticket to Barbados on completion of that programme.

It will also cover full tuition fees, payable directly to the University; a book allowance of $1,000.00 (once); a clothing allowance of $736.00 (once) applicable for students pursuing studies in cold countries; and a living allowance of $6,300.00 per annum for students pursuing studies in the USA; $5,880.00 per annum for studies in Canada; and $7,560.00 per annum for studies in the United Kingdom.

Successful applicants will be required to enter a bond with two (2) sureties to return and work in Barbados on completion of the course, on the basis of one year for each year of the award.

Application forms and further information may be obtained from the Tertiary Section of the Ministry at the Elsie Payne Complex, Constitution Road, St. Michael, or by calling 430-2763/64. Completed forms must be submitted to the Ministry no later than Friday, June 26. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

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