In-country based awards

In-country Scholarship Awards are funded through the Samoa Scholarship Scheme (SSS) which is administered and monitored by the Samoa Training and Scholarships Committee (STSC), a sub-committee of Cabinet. In-country Scholarship Awards support the development of national skills and knowledge through tertiary institutions based in Samoa.

  1. Foundation Year Graduates:
    The Government of Samoa funds 50 full Awards annually to Foundation Year Graduates to continue their education to a Bachelors Degree level in the preceding year of study. The final selection and advice to applicants is administered by NUS

    PROCESS: NUS Foundation students who are highly ranked across all four faculties, excluding those students who have secured Scholarship Awards abroad, will be automatically offered an Award. The list of the 50 highly ranked students is provided by NUS. Entitlements include full tuition fee, registration fee, book allowance and transport allowance. Successful candidates must maintain a good record of academic performance to continue under Award.

  2. Partial (Open Category):
    The Government of Samoa funds 50 partial Awards annually to applicants from the general public. The final selection and advice to applicants is administered by NUS.

    PROCESS: Application Forms are uplifted from, and submitted to NUS for assessment. Entitlements include full tuition fee, registration fee and partial book allowance. Successful candidates must maintain a good record of academic performance to continue under Award.

  3. Vocational and Technical Program (Ocean Side):
    The Government of Samoa funds 60 partial Awards annually for high achieving students at NUS Vocational and Technical Programs. The final selection and advice to applicants is administered by NUS.

    PROCESS: Application Forms are uplifted from, and submitted to NUS for assessment. Entitlements include full tuition fee, registration fee and partial book allowance. Successful candidates must maintain a good record of academic performance to continue under Award.

  4. Faculty of Medicine:
    The Government of Samoa offers on a competitive basis 5 full Awards annually for Samoan nationals to undertake medical studies. The final selection and advice to applicants is administered by NUS.

    PROCESS: Application Forms are uplifted from, and submitted to NUS for assessment. Entitlements include full tuition fee and a registration fee. A monthly living allowance is provided by the Ministry of Health.

School of Agriculture

  1. Agriculture Awards:
    The Government of Samoa funds 20 partial Awards annually for USP (Alafua) students undertaking a Bachelor in Agriculture’s degree. This initiative complements the USP Bursary Scheme for Agriculture Students which offers 20 Awards for funding of the First Semester papers (4 core papers) only. Eligibility criteria vary for full time and part time student applicants.

    PROCESS: Applications Forms are uplifted from and submitted to USP at the start of the academic year. USP together with S-MFAT will nominate 20 Awardees for the USP Bursary Scheme. Once the 20 Awardees successfully complete their 4 core papers, they are automatically granted Government funding for their remaining papers. In the event that the annual quota is not met through the USP Bursary Scheme then applications from those candidates who privately funded their 4 core papers may be considered by the Scholarships Committee. Committee meetings are held once every month and all completed applications must be submitted before the meeting Agenda closes for that month.

  2. Science Teachers Accelerated Program (STAP) 2015-2016:
    The Government of Samoa funds 60 full Awards for in-service teachers to study towards a Bachelor of Science degree via distance and flexible learning at USP. Awards are targeted for teachers in the Maths and Science discipline.

    PROCESS: The Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture (MESC) is responsible for nominating and allocating these Awards.These awards are closed until the next intake.