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NEW YORK, USA — Time is fast running out for Vincentians to apply for scholarships to read for masters and doctorate degrees at universities in Australia.

Further, this country’s U.N. Mission also said in a statement Tuesday that citizens should indicate their interest in seeking employment within the U.N. System as U.N. professionals.

Vincentians have until the end of this month to apply for the Australia Award Scholarships, which cover tuition, room and board at Australian Universities, as well as providing for travel expenses and a stipend, the statement said.

Meanwhile, young Vincentians seeking employment as U.N. professionals should indicate their interest in taking examinations for entry into the U.N.’s Young Professionals Programme (YPP).

The YPP Examinations will be administered in St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Dec. 5.

Australia Awards

The Australia Award Scholarships are available to all CARICOM nationals.

Vincentians must be interested in pursuing a degree at the masters or doctorate level.

Priority will be given to applicants with an interest in areas related to climate change and natural resource management; regional integration and economic resilience; education; and food security (agriculture and fisheries).

Scholarship recipients will be “bonded” to work within the CARICOM region for a two-year period after graduation.

Priority is given to government employees, academic staff and employees of regional development organisations.

The Australia Awards cover travel, tuition, fieldwork, health insurance and a living allowance.

Applications must be submitted by April 30 at this website.

Additional information on the Australia Award Scholarships is available from this website.

UN Young Professionals Programme

The YPP is a recruitment tool for young qualified individuals seeking a professional career in the United Nations.

The United Nations says it is looking “for highly qualified candidates who are ready to launch a professional career as an international civil servant. The young professionals programme is a recruitment initiative that brings new talent to the United Nations through an annual entrance examination. For young, high-calibre professionals across the globe, the examination is a platform for launching a career at the United Nations”.

This year, the YPP Examinations will be offered in selected countries around the world, including SVG, Antigua and Barbuda, Jamaica, and St. Lucia.

The examinations in SVG are open to Vincentian citizens who are under 32 years of age, hold at least a first-level university degree and speak either English and/or French fluently.

The YPP is extremely competitive and traditionally requires a great deal of preparation.

However, since nationals of SVG are underrepresented among the professional ranks of the United Nations, successful examinees may have a greater likelihood of employment within the U.N. system.

Individuals wishing to take the YPP examination in SVG are encouraged to communicate this desire to the Ministry of Education as soon as possible.

Additional information on the YPP Programme, including sample examinations, is available at this website.

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