In 2021, the Elizabeth Casson Trust made our first International Development Awards to a small group of individuals from Uganda and Tanzania; the awards are to support them developing from a Diploma in Occupational Therapy to a Bachelors of Science (BSc) in Occupational Therapy. Attaining a BSc is an important step to be eligible to progress to higher degrees. This cohort of occupational therapists are now nearing completion of their first year of study (see below) and the Trust is again preparing to offer International Development Awards in 2022.
For this round, occupational therapists who are practicing or teaching in the following countries will be invited to apply:
Botswana, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Our online application submission point will open on 18 April 2022 on this page. The closing date for applications is strictly 23 May 2022, 17:00 UTC.
The award will be available to occupational therapists registered and working in these countries who:
- hold a diploma in occupational therapy
- hold an employment contract as a tutor/ academic instructor/ lecturer or are a practice/ fieldwork educator
- can demonstrate that they are committed to CPD and development of the profession
To submit an application, you will be asked to answer a series of six (6) questions and to also provide:
- a transcript of your occupational therapy qualification
- a letter of support from your line manager confirming they will:
- offer approved study leave
- support you in changing your practice on you return, to implement the knowledge and skills you acquired through the BSc
- a reference letter evidencing your commitment to CPD (for example from your professional organisation or employer)
- a CV/ resumé
If you meet these requirements and are considering applying, you may want to begin to prepare these documents now.
Once again, we would like to sincerely thank Matumo Ramafikeng, President of OTARG, for her continued support and generous assistance in developing this award.