FAQ

• Government of Guyana Scholarships and Scholarships from donor countries can be accessed on the Department of Public Service’s website and Facebook page. Donor funded scholarships such as the Commonwealth and Organization of the American States are advertised on the Department of Public Service’s website, Facebook page and newspapers when the notice of award is received from the donor country.
• Scholarships to local institutions such as the University of Guyana and the Guyana School of Agriculture are advertised on the Department of Public Service’s website, Facebook page and local newspapers during the period of June to July of the preceding academic year.

The availability of scholarships is dependent on the human resource needs of the country. Scholarships are available under the following categories:
• Undergraduate
• Technical/ Vocational Education
• Postgraduate

Vlissengen Road and Durban Street Lodge

• 592-225-8430
• scholarships@dps.gov.gy

• The contractual obligation stamp indicates that the bearer of the passport is contractually obligated to the Government of Guyana and cannot leave the country without prior approval from the Department of the Public Service.

• No

All recipients of scholarships are contractually obligated to the Government of Guyana and are required to do the following: • Sign a contract with a guarantor • Endorse a passport • Serve within the Public Service for a period commensurate to the duration of the programme undertaken by the scholar. Please refer to the Training Handbook under the Resources section of the website for more specific information. • Lodge surety where necessary

The duration of the service period is dependent on the duration of the programme of study undertaken by the scholarship awardee. The bonding period is as follows: • Eighteen (18) months and under: 3 years • Over eighteen months: 5 years e for a period commensurate to the duration of the programme undertaken by the scholar. Please refer to the Training Handbook under the Resources section of the website for more specific information. • Lodge surety where necessary

• Stipend is paid in the first month of every quarter of every academic year

• A written request must be sent to the Permanent Secretary of the Department of the Public Service Office at 164 Waterloo Street, North Cummingsburg, Georgetown.

• Academic reports must be submitted at the end of each academic year.

Scholarship awardees are required to do the following prior to departing Guyana for vacation overseas:
• Provide the Department of Public Service’s Training Division with a copy of the leave approval if employed.
• Lodge Surety
• Provide the Department of the Public Service, Training Division with a copy of your passport information page and a copy of Contractual Obligation page stamped.

• All scholarship awardees returning to Guyana for vacation must report to the Training Division, Department of the Public Service within the first week of arrival

• All scholarship awardees are contractually obligated to the Government of Guyana and are required to serve within the Public Service upon completion of studies.

• The Department of the Public Service

• The period of obligatory service to the Government of Guyana commences on the date of assumption of duty within the Ministry where the scholarship awardee is placed.

The Department of the Public Service only accepts the following four forms of surety:
• Transport
• Lease
• Title
• Manager’s Cheque

• No, the Department of the Public Service/ Ministry of Finance does not accept vehicles as a form of surety.

The value of surety to be lodged is as follows:
• Nurses (1- 1.5 million dollars
• Local studies (2-4 million)
• Overseas studies (4 million)

In order to lodge surety, the scholarship awardee must present the following documents to the Department of Public Service’s Training Division:
• Recent valuation of property from Valuators approved by Department of the Public Service.
• Memo to accompany collateral to the Ministry of Finance.

• If Awardee is a student, he/ she is required to write to the Department of the Public Service accompanied by a letter of approval from Institution confirming semester break etc.
• A release letter to the Minister of Finance is prepared after notification is given from the employer that the trainee has resumed duty.
• For students who are not working this is done when they report to the Department of Public Service Scholarship Office.

• Scholarship awardees that are desirous of returning home for vacation are required to inform the Permanent Secretary, Department of the Public Service in writing and provide a written progress report prior to departing their country of study

• Upon completion of the obligatory service period, scholarship awardees are required to provide a letter from his / her employer confirming continuous service to the Permanent Secretary, Department of the Public Service.
• A letter of release will then be issued by the Department of the Public Service, absolving the scholarship awardee of any further contractual obligation to the Government of Guyana.
• Passport to be taken to cancel contractual obligation stamp

• Public Servants desirous of attending short courses overseas must be nominated by their employer upon receipt from the Department of the Public Service.
• Advertisements for short courses are sent to employers by the Department of the Public Service, Training Division.

• Donor/ sponsor communicates via Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Department of the Public Service or directly with the nominee