The 'Coral Cay Conservation Scholarship Awards' are available to any suitable Filipino or Montserratian national wishing to make an active contribution towards the protection and sustainable use of their natural resources. There are four types of awards available.
Coastal Zone Management Workshop:
A one-day course in which participants are trained in snorkelling, identification of reef invertebrates, major fish and coral groups; as well as learning about coral reef ecology, threats to the marine environment and potential management options through a series of lectures and case studies.
Reef Conservation SCUBA Award:
An intensive four-week course in which participants are certified to PADI Advanced Open Water level, trained in the identification of over 300 marine life forms and in the methods for scientific surveying of coral reef ecosystems.
Terrestrial Conservation Award (Montserrat only):
An intensive four week course in which participants receive training in tropical forest skills, tropical forest ecology and biology, forest ecosystems and forest species identification including birds, reptiles, amphibians and invasive plant species, as well as terrestrial survey techniques.
What do past scholars have to say about their experience with Coral Cay?
"Thank you so much to the staff, international and local and all the volunteers and people of CCC who made my stay a truly amazing once in a lifetime eye opening opportunity".
Stephanie Arenas - Local Scholar - The Philippines
See here for more diary entries from past scholars to get an insider’s view on a Coral Cay experience.
What does the scholarship cover?
Each award includes the following:
- Full board and lodging at the project site
- Full training (including SCUBA training, if necessary) and use of project equipment
Coral Cay asks that scholars with their own SCUBA equipment do bring it along.
Each award excludes the following:
- Transport costs to/from the project site
- Medical/dive insurance
SCUBA equipment provided by Coral Cay (for Marine Scholarships):
- Buoyancy Control Device (BCD)
- Regulator fitted with octopus
- Digital depth gauge and bottom timer
- Underwater compass
- Diver knife
- Underwater torch
- Open foot fins
- Diving booties
- Mask and snorkel
Whilst Coral Cay will provide most of the essential equipment necessary for use on an expedition, scholars are required to provide certain items of equipment for their personal use.
Essential expedition Kit NOT provided by Coral Cay:
- Toiletries (biodegradable wherever possible)
- Swimsuit (where necessary)
- Set of smart casual clothes
- Sleeping sheet
- Torch and rechargeable batteries
- Sturdy shoes or sandals
- Walking boots (terrestrial scholarships only)
Applicants must meet the following criteria in order to participate in a Coral Cay Scholarship Award:
- Must be a national of the host country (18+ years of age) with a proven interest in the discipline
- Must be resident in the host country
- Must have good oral/reading ability in English
- Must be medically fit to undertake project activities
- Must have a proven interest in conservation and the environment
- Must be able to swim a minimum of 50 metres (for Marine Scholarships)
- Applicants for the 'Reef Conservation SCUBA Award' and 'Terrestrial Conservation Award' must be able to spend a minimum of four weeks with the project
- Applicants for the 'Coastal Zone Management Workshop' must be able to spend one day with the project
Please Note: Scholars are expected to remain on the project site for the entire duration of their Scholarship Award. The opportunity to return home on weekends is at the discretion of the Project Scientist. Scholars wishing to leave the project site should make their request on immediate arrival at the site.
Applications & Enquiries
To apply, all applicants must submit (in English) to the relevant Project Scientist at least three months before their desired start date, a covering letter explaining why you wish to join a Coral Cay Scholarship Award scheme and a Scholarship Application Form.
Coral Cay have also compiled a Project Summary which will give scholars an idea on what to expect from their time with Coral Cay, it includes information on; expedition life, insurance requirements, and Coral Cay's dive standards. Successful applicants must take a copy of this document with them to the project site.
Application Form & Project Summary
CCC Scholarship Application Form.pdf
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CCC Scholarship Application Form.docx
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Important Points to Note
All scholars are required to complete and return the Coral Cay Medical Form to the relevant Project Scientist at least six weeks prior to the start date.
These medical forms can be endorsed by:
- Family GPs, or registered GPs who have access to medical history records
Medical forms are forwarded for confidential independent review by Coral Cay's expert medical advisors in the UK. Based on their advice, Coral Cay reserves the right to either refer a scholar to a specialist for further medical examination and/or reject and/or cancel any scholars expedition application and/or offer of a placement with Coral Cay.
It is therefore essential that all scholars provide accurate, comprehensive and truthful information on all medical forms provided by Coral Cay. Coral Cay will not accept any liability whatsoever in the event that a scholar has not fully disclosed all relevant details on the medical forms provided by Coral Cay (note: failure to disclose this information may void a scholars insurance).
Project Scientists will email the medical forms to Coral Cay's head office on behalf of the scholar.
Please Note: Scholars that fail their medical review will not be permitted to join the 'Reef Conservation SCUBA Award or the Reef Check SCUBA Award' schemes. Scholars may choose to join the 'Coastal Zone Management Workshop' instead.
It is essential that Coral Cay scholars obtain full medical/dive insurance cover for at least the full duration of their allocated placement with Coral Cay.
It is the responsibility of the scholar to ensure that they are adequately insured for unlimited diving, SCUBA diving to a maximum depth of 30 metres, personal liability and the levels of manual work routinely undertaken by Coral Cay scholars during the course of their scheme.