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Ocean Country Partnership Programme Scholarships - Application FAQs

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Who can apply for an Ocean Country Partnership Programme (OCPP) Scholarship?

Citizens (or those who hold refugee status) of the Solomon Islands or Vanuatu are welcome to apply for the Master's programmes.

In addition to citizens of Solomon Islands or Vanuatu, citizens (or those who hold refugee status) of the other Pacific Island countries (Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Tokelau, Samoa, Tonga and Tuvalu) are welcome to apply for the PhD programmes, but only if their research is focused on or directly applicable to Vanuatu or the Solomon Islands.

What if the link in the myACU registration email doesn’t work?

If the direct link does not take you to the application form, please visit the myACU portal. Once you log in you will be able to access the application form through the link in the 'OCPP applications open' announcement.

Is there an age limit for OCPP Scholarships?

No. There is no upper age limit to be eligible for a OCPP Scholarship.

If I am from the Solomon Islands or Vanuatu, and want to apply for the Master's scholarship, can I apply in the final year of my undergraduate degree?

No. You must have already completed your degree and have graduated with a 2:1 equivalent at the time of application. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide a copy of your final transcript and degree certificate.

I have started a course but am unable to pay for the fees, can I apply for an OCPP to pay the fees?

No. OCPP Scholarships are only for new students and cannot be used to fund a course that has already been started.

Can I apply for an OCPP Scholarship to study for an undergraduate degree?

No. OCPP Scholarships are available for Master's and PhD degrees only.

Applying for an OCPP Scholarship

Which universities are hosting the OCPP scholarships?

Please refer to the OCPP homepage for further details on the university/universities hosting.

What subjects/courses can I study under the OCPP?

Please refer to the OCPP homepage for further details on the courses available.

Can I submit more than one OCPP scholarship application?

No, only one application can be made for an OCPP scholarship

Application Form Queries

My country is not showing in the drop down list of the application form, why is this?

Only applicants from Pacific Island countries namely Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Tokelau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu are eligible for these scholarships

When do I have to upload my supporting documents?

You will need to upload your supporting documents before submitting your application.

I have submitted my application and have realised that there are documents that weren't included or some of the information is incorrect. Am I able to update this information?

No. It is not possible to make any amendments, such as uploading any further documentation, once your application has been submitted. Therefore, it is extremely important that you check your application before it is submitted.

Do I need to have been accepted onto a course before I apply for an OCPP Scholarship?

No. However, you are encouraged to apply for your chosen course of study before or at the same time as applying for an OCPP Scholarship. 

I cannot get an academic reference, what can I provide instead?

Academic references are advised, these are usually referees who have taught you or worked with you throughout your academic career. However, if you are unable to obtain academic references we would advise that you use professional referees that are able to write you references demonstrating the points outlined on the application form

My internet access is limited. Can I submit a paper copy of the application form?

No. Applications must be submitted online through Online Application System. This system will be used throughout the selection process. We recommend that you find a local alternative internet provider.

I forgot my password. What can I do?

You will need click on the “Forgot?” link. This will send an email to reset your password, to the email address that you used for your application. Please check your junk/spam mail to ensure that the email has not been sent there.

Can I still apply if I do not have valid National ID?

You will need to submit some form of identification as proof of citizenship when completing your application. Therefore, expired ID can be submitted if you do not currently hold valid identification. 

Can the deadline for submitting my application be extended?

No. Extensions will not be granted under any circumstances.

University Applications

Do I need to apply for admission to my chosen university course separately to the OCPP application?

Yes. You will need to submit an application for admission to your chosen university course directly to the university in addition to completing an OCPP application. 

When do I have to apply for admission to my chosen university courses?

You should visit your chosen university's website for more information on their admissions procedures and when their applications open.

Do I need to have a university offer letter when applying for an OCPP Scholarship?

No. As some university application cycles will open after the OCPP award applications close, you do not need to have secured an offer and received an offer letter at your chosen institution at the time of submitting your OCPP application, however we do recommend submitting a university application at the same time.

Applications for my chosen course do not open before the deadline for submitting my OCPP application, what should I do?

You should speak with the university to determine when the applications open. In some instances, it will be possible to apply for your course once you have been selected for your award. Please note that this is not recommended, nor is it possible in all cases.

My university is asking me to pay an application fee, what should I do?

Some universities require an application fee to process your application. The OCPP will not pay this deposit and it is your responsibility to secure your university offer. 


What does an OCPP Scholarship cover?

Award recipients receive:

  • Tuition fees (including general fees and health fees)
  • Living allowance
  • Research support grant
  • Travel grant (case by case basis)
  • Dependent, disability and maternity costs (case by case basis)

How much will my allowance be during the scholarship?

If selected, all allowances will be stated in your award letter.


When am I likely to hear back regarding the outcome of my application?

Applicants should receive notification on the outcome of their application by December.

Will I receive feedback if my application is unsuccessful?

We are unable to provide individual feedback on why an application has been unsuccessful.

We strongly advise all applicants to read all of the instructions and FAQs carefully before starting their application, and then complete all of the questions fully.

On Award


Is accommodation included in my scholarship?

Accommodation is not pre-arranged as part of your award, your living allowance is to be used to cover accommodation costs in addition to other living expenses. Some universities will help with arranging accommodation, however this will need to be discussed with the university directly.

If I require accommodation, who pays for it?

Scholars are responsible for finding, and paying for, their own accommodation, using their living allowance, unless stated otherwise. 

Can the OCPP help me find somewhere to live?

We are limited in the assistance we can provide for accommodation. We encourage you to contact your host university, for advice about finding accommodation if you are travelling to your host country.

 Return to the OCPP homepage.

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