GEORGE TOWN, CAYMAN ISLANDS, Monday February 27, 2012 – Caribbean residents now have the opportunity to become well versed in the issues that affect them as it relates to disaster risk management.
That’s because the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility CCRIF) has launched an Extra-Regional Scholarship programme for Caribbean nationals, which start from the 2012 to 2013 academic year.
Through this programme, three scholarships, totaling US$140,000, will be awarded to citizens in member states to allow them to gain a Maters or MBA degree through a United Kingdom, United States or Canadian university in related areas.
Eligible programmes of study at the Maters level include Disaster Risk Management, Property or Casualty Insurance, Disaster Management, Meteorology or Climate Change and Engineering.
The Extra-Regional scholarship programme is part of CCRIF’s Technical Assistance programme which was designed to help countries in the region deepen their understanding of natural hazards, catastrophe risk and the potential impact of climate change.
It is anticipated that a cadre of professionals will be created through the programme, who will be later tasked with the responsibility of developing national and regional strategies to improve disaster risk management in their respective countries, and increase climate change resilience.
The CCRIF also provides funding for the CCRIF-University of the West Indies Scholarship programme for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. It also provides a professional development grant support programme for staff in key Caribbean regional and national institutions.
Citizens of the 16 CCRIF member countries are eligible for the scholarship.