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OFFER OF POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS BY THE GOVERNMENT OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
For Study Commencing in Academic Year 2014/ 2015
The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago invites
ONLINE applications from citizens of Trinidad and Tobago to pursue
master's and doctorate degrees for the academic year 2014/2015
ELI GIBILITY :
To apply for this scholarship, applicants must:
a) Be citizens of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and must
not be a permanent resident of another country
b) Have graduated in 2008 or thereafter with a First Class
Honours undergraduate bachelor's degree
c) Possess a Grade Point Average of 3.60 and above
d) Have graduated from one of the under mentioned
University of the West Indies St. Augustine, Cavehill
and Mona Campuses.
University of Trinidad and Tobago
University of the Southern Caribbean
St George's University, Grenada
Be recipients of Government scholarships and graduated in
2008 or thereafter with a First Class Honours undergraduate
bachelor's degree from any accredited local, regional or
international academic institution.
e) Be desirous of pursuing studies at the postgraduate levels
(masters and doctorate);
f ) Be desirous of pursuing studies in areas related to the
development needs of Trinidad and Tobago and must
be able to identify the development need based
on the Seven (7) Interconnected Development Pillars of the
country. Applicants must provide detailed evidence
that their programme of study and research is tied to
an identi ed development need of the country;
Applicants must consider the national human resource
development needs and the national development
strategy in deciding on their area of study.
g) Provide proof of acceptance or proof of being
enrolled at an accredited institution in an accredited
postgraduate programme (Master's or Doctorate)
h) Be under 50 years of age.
Applicants must ensure that two (2) Recommendations are
submitted online by their Recommenders. These Recommenders
must recommend the applicant for a scholarship.
i. One must be an academic recommendation; and
ii. Recommenders must attest to the applicant's ability
to perform and to succeed as a scholarship recipient
by providing relevant and practical examples where
applicable. They must also describe what contribution and
the likely impact the candidate will have on the institution/
Applicants must submit a Study Plan, 'online' which explains in no
more than 500 words:
i. The impact their studies will have on their institution/
ii. How the course of study relates to the existing and future
development needs of their institution, community or the
iii. How the programme of study relates to the identi ed Seven
(7) Interconnected Development Pillars of the country,
providing detailed evidence that their programme of study
and research is tied to an identi ed development need;
iv. How exposure gained from pursuing this course of study
could contribute to the development of the nation. Please
indicate clearly where the development need has been
identi ed and outlined in the national development
v. Their ve-year plan to put into practice the knowledge and
experience acquired through the scholarship.
I. Area of Study as it links to national development
II. The content/quality of the study plan/research proposal
III. Likely Development Impact the Applicant will have on
Completion of Studies.
IV. Interview -- candidates will be interviewed to get a sense of
their maturity, commitment, adaptability, cultural awareness,
and their state of mind in relation to the undertaking of
studies locally or overseas and their ability to complete the
programme of study successfully. Applicants must also be able
to discuss their plan of study/research proposal.
Please refer to our website at www.scholarships.gov.tt for
further information on the eligibility and selection criteria
and for preparation and submission of an online application.
All applicants must ensure that their transcripts must
be received on or before the date of submission of their
application to be considered.
Ministry of Public Administration
(Scholarships and Advanced Training Division)
5th Floor National Library Building
Corner Hart and Abercromby Streets
Attention: Head, Selections Secretariat
Applicants who wish to hand deliver their transcripts
must ensure that this document is properly sealed
by the academic institution and submitted to the
The Ministry of Public Administration, Scholarships
and Advanced Training Division can be contacted at
625-6724; 623-7608 ext. 2064; 2070; 2097; 2093 or
The baby was born in 2008 with an unusually
small head, dozens of tiny red birthmarks and uncon-
No one had seen anything like it at the Children s
Hospital of Eastern Ontario, so researchers there doc-
umented the baby s symptoms and dubbed the con-
dition "microcephaly-capillary malformation syn-
Now, by comparing the baby s DNA with that
obtained from a handful of similar cases worldwide,
Kym Boycott, a clinical geneticist at the Ottawa
research hospital, and her colleagues have pinpointed
the single gene mutation responsible---and they have
done the same for 145 other rare childhood diseases.
"I think the biggest impact that will come from
this is in our ability to change the way we care for
patients," Dr Boycott said.
The avalanche of new discoveries, reported Thursday
in the American Journal of Human Genetics, is the
fruit of a co-ordinated nationwide study called Forge
(Finding of Rare Disease Genes in Canada).
Researchers and clinicians are praising the ground-
breaking effort, saying it will enable rapid diagnoses,
guide treatment and in some cases point the way to
future therapies for children living with the burden
of little-known but often severely disabling genetic
"Even if we don t have a treatment, having a diag-
nosis is invaluable to patients and their families," said
Ada Hamosh, clinical director of the McKusick-
Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine at Johns Hop-
kins University in Baltimore, who was not involved
in the study.
Researchers estimate there could be as many as
7,000 rare diseases. Such diseases have received little
attention until now because they typically occur in
fewer than one in 2,000 people.
Many of the disorders remain undocumented, which
means those who are afflicted by them have had little
hope of knowing the cause of their disorder, let alone
of finding an effective treatment.
Starting in 2011, the Forge collaboration was among
the first to leverage new high-speed DNA-sequencing
technologies to tackle the rare disease conundrum.
In setting up the project, Dr Boycott and her col-
leagues solicited clinicians across the country to submit
information about rare cases they had encountered.
Out of 371 submissions, they identified 264 children
or young adults who from birth exhibited the hallmarks
of a rare genetic disorder.
Some of the disorders only affect a single organ,
such as eyes, ears or heart. Others are more broadly
debilitating, include severe problems with brain devel-
opment and can lead to early death.
To identify a cause for each disorder, the Forge team
paired their Canadian cases with at least one unrelated
case of the same syndrome elsewhere in the world or,
in some cases, with an unaffected sibling.
They then rapid-sequenced the whole exomes of
all those individuals, along with parents and sometimes
other family members when necessary. The exome
is the fraction of the human genome that codes for
all the various proteins in the human body.
By comparing exomes, the team was able to narrow
down which of the thousands of possible human
genes might be implicated in a given disorder. While
this approach is not workable for complex diseases
like cancer, which involve many genes, it is remarkably
effective for disorders that result from a single mutation
in the exome.
Of the the 146 genes that were identified by Forge,
67 had never been linked to a disease before. (The
Gobe and Mail)
causes for 146
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