The UWI Open Scholarship

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Deadline: April 30, 2020

About the Scholarship

The UWI Open Scholarship is one of the ways that The University of the West Indies seeks to attract and reward all-rounded achievers among the region’s high school students, community and state college graduates and first-year students of The UWI. Over 40 scholarships are available for study at any of The UWI’s five campuses.

Who can apply?

You are eligible for The UWI Open Scholarship if you:

…are a first time applicant of any UWI undergraduate degree programme offered at any campus. (Applicant must not already be holders of an undergraduate degree.)

…have gained at least 8 subjects at the Caribbean Examination Council (CSEC) level including Mathematics and English A with Grades 1 or 2; at least 6 Units of CAPE including Communication Studies and Caribbean Studies, at the Caribbean Advance Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) Units 1 and/or II;

Or equivalent at GCE O Level or A Level with Grades A or B.

…have completed an associate degree from a community or state college with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.6 and have applied to or are in the process of applying to The UWI.

…have completed the first year of a UWI undergraduate degree programme with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.6.

…are a citizen of one of The UWI’s contributing countries (proof of citizenship will be required).


Antigua & Barbuda

The Bahamas




British Virgin Islands

Cayman Islands





St. Kitts & Nevis

St. Lucia

St. Vincent & the Grenadines

Trinidad & Tobago

Turks & Caicos


What does the Open Scholarship cover?

The UWI Open Scholarship covers the cost of tuition, residence costs (on/off campus) and contributions to books and meals.


  • Nationals of Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago will only receive support for maintenance costs. Maintenance costs will be linked to costs listed in the relevant campus Financial Information Booklets. This information is available on each campus website.
  • Persons from the territories should apply to their government to cover their economic cost.


How do I Apply?

Step 1: Complete the online application form including a 500 word personal essay outlining career aspirations, reason for choice of degree programme, community involvement and co-curricular activities.

Step 2: Supporting documents can be emailed to  or delivered to the address below with the subject line: ‘The UWI OPEN SCHOLARSHIP’.

The supporting documents include:

  • Evidence of leadership positions at school, university and/or within the wider community; community involvement; and co-curricular activities.


  • Two (2) letters of reference – one of which must come from an academic referee attesting to the applicant’s academic ability and potential, demonstrated leadership qualities, and character. (Referees must have known the applicant for at least two years. All referees must affix the official stamp of their office/department/organization).


The deadline for the 2020 UWI Open Scholarship applications is April 30, 2020.  The COMPLETED online application form and ALL supporting documents MUST be submitted by this date.


Need assistance or more information?


The Office of the Board for Undergraduate Studies
The University of the West Indies
The Regional Headquarters
Hermitage Road, Mona, Kingston 7

Telephone: (876) 977-7916 or (876) 970-0244

Or e-mailed to:



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