Award of Scholarships for CAPE 2020

11 March, 2021: As the Scholarship Selection Committee has completed and submitted the recommendations for Scholarships based on the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) 2020, the Ministry of Education invites eligible citizens to apply for National Bursaries. Five Hundred (500) National Bursaries are now available, to be awarded annually to deserving students. The introduction of the National Bursary Programme provides a means for ensuring that the most vulnerable groups, most talented students, and most targeted areas for national development are supported.

In particular:

  1. It allows for more strategic rationalization of funding mechanisms available under the Ministry of Education.
  2. It ensures that well performing and talented students have access to higher education regardless of socio-economic status, without incurring debts.
  3. It supports strategic national development by aligning bursary grants to programme areas that have been identified as meeting national priority.


The application form for the National Bursary will become available on Monday 15th March, 2021 to April 12th, 2021 on the Ministry’s website Applications must be tendered and will only be accepted through this platform. Enquiries about the National Bursary can be made through

Available on the Ministry of Education’s website  will also be the Approved National Bursary Policy, the National Bursary Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) as well as Guidelines and Procedures for the Award of the National Bursary.


  1. A candidate must be a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago and must be able to provide proof of citizenship.
  2. A candidate must attain at least eight units at Grades I – II, over a period not exceeding two consecutive years in Form 6, including the year of the award.
  3. The eight (8) Units must comprise both compulsory subjects Caribbean Studies and Communication Studies and three (3) subjects at both Units I and II.
  4. A candidate must provide a Letter of Acceptance to an accredited/recognized local tertiary level institution or a regional campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), in keeping with the guidelines of the GATE programme.


  • Need as evidenced by a GATE Administered Means Test
  • Intended course of study should be in alignment with priority areas of development
  • Extracurricular activities/contribution to community/country
  • Purpose Statement


The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago will pay for and provide:

Medical Scholars - A book allowance of $9,711 as first time payment and thereafter $5,711 payment annually.

Non-medical Scholars - A book allowance of $8,062 as first time payment and thereafter $4,062 payment annually. 

All Scholars:

  1. A personal maintenance allowance of $3,043.00 per month, payable per quarter of the fiscal year (December, March, June and September).
  2. 100 % tuition funding in accordance with GATE guidelines.
  3. The duration for funding of the National Bursary will be guided as indicated hereunder:








Three (3) to four (4) years where required by the academic institution and approved by the GoRTT.




  • Bachelor of Medicine; Bachelor of Surgery, MBBS
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery, DDS
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, DVM

** any other related course of study


Five (5) years



** Funding duration where stipulated by the academic institution and approved by the GoRTT.

LAW DEGREE including;

  • Bachelor of Law  (LLB)
  • Legal Education Certificate (LEC)


Five (5) years


Four (4) years only where required by the academic institution and approved by the GoRTT.


Three (3) years LLB followed by:

Two (2) years LEC



As Trinidad and Tobago’s economy evolves with the changes globally, the government through the Ministry of Education continues to prioritize the provision of post-secondary education and training for citizens of this country. The national bursary programme is an investment toward the successful future development of Trinidad and Tobago.

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