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Several scholarships and bursaries are offered to Trinidad & Tobago nationals as well as nationals of other English-speaking Caribbean countries. They are advertised in the local newspapers between September and May of each year. Awards are made primarily on academic merit but some bursaries are based on financial need. These potential sources of income help to supplement your own esources. You may obtain information about these awards, as well as application forms from the Student Affairs (Admissions) Section. Awards vary in value and criteria for eligibility, and are usually awarded on an annual basis.

See The listing of Scholarships and Bursaries You can apply for as a prospective or current UWI student.


The UWI Open Scholarships are open to students who are citizens of the UWI’s Contributing Countries.


  • Applicants must be citizens of one of UWI’s Contributing Countries
  • Applicants should have been accepted to read for a UWI undergraduate degree or are completing YEAR 1 of a UWI degree
  • Possess an outstanding academic record (CAPE Units 1&2 with Grades 1 in at least 5 subjects including Caribbean Studies and Communication Studies; Associate Degree with a minimum GPA of 3.6; Year 1 GPA of 3.6 at UWI
  • Provide TWO letters of reference – one of which must come from an academic referee (teacher, principal, lecturer) attesting to the applicants’ academic ability and potential and potential, demonstrated leadership, and character.

The scholarship winners will receive the campus-specific benefits for the duration of their degree programmes.

Cave Hill and St. Augustine (Maintenance costs – housing, transportation, books costs calculated in relation to the Financial Information provided for the pertinent academic year)

Mona and Open Campus – Full Scholarship (Tuition and Maintenance costs) OR Tuition only

Apply online via our website at
Deadline:         January 31, 2013
Certified supporting documents [academic certificates, (letters of reference, evidence of leadership and character] must be sent to:  THE OFFICE OF THE BOARD FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES, MONA, KINGSTON 7, JAMAICA.



If you can provide a satisfactory guarantor, commercial bank loans are also available to help meet the cost of your university education. Second and Final year students with a good academic record may have access to a Hardship Loan from the University. Applications for the loan must be made to Student Advisory Services.


Under the Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE) programme, tuition is free for all citizens of Trinidad & Tobago pursuing undergraduate programmes (including distance learning programmes) at any campus of The University of the West Indies; reading for the Legal Education Certificate at the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad, the Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica or the Eugene Dupuch Law School in The Bahamas.

Students pursuing programmes at postgraduate level will be eligible for grants to cover 50% of tuition costs.

Students who receive free tuition will be required to serve the country by working in the public or private sector in Trinidad and Tobago, upon completion of the approved programme. The students must sign an Agreement to work for stipulated periods. Should any student be unable to fulfil his obligation, the assistance received through the GATE programme will have to be refunded to the Government of Trinidad and Tobago..

For more information on the GATE programme, you should visit the website


Registered students may seek employment in various departments of the University, for e.g. the Bookshop, Library, Administration and so on. Such employment is limited to a few hours per week.

You must register with Student Advisory Services to participate in this programme.