Danielle de St. Jorre Scholarship


The scholarship has been established to honour the memory of the late Danielle de St. Jorre, Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Environment and Tourism of the Republic of the Seychelles, and a member of the Governing Board of the International Ocean Institute, in consideration of all she did in her short life for the benefit of her country, small island developing states and the world at large. She died in 1997 at the age of 54.


Since 1999, the IOI, through the support received from the Ocean Science and Research Foundation (OSRF), presents a Scholarship of Swiss Francs 10,000 annually for one woman from a Small Island Developing State (SIDS) involved in marine-related research activities. The candidate may use this scholarship to attend specialised training programmes or University Degree programmes in ocean affairs. Candidates are selected in consultation with the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), and the scholarship is administered by the IOI Headquarters.


Calls for applications for the Danielle de St. Jorre Scholarship are usually issued towards the end of each calendar year; inquiries or expressions of interest may be sent to IOI HQ on ioihq(at)ioihq.org.mt requesting an application and application guidelines.


Scholarships Awarded since 2000 have been assigned on an annual basis to deserving candidates from the Seychelles,  Barbados,  Mauritius, Fiji, Tonga, Cuba, Samoa, Jamaica, St Vincent & the Grenadines, St. Lucia,  Antigua and Barbuda.


L-R: IOI Governors Anita Coady and Lawrence Hildebrand, and 2017 DDSJS awardee Orisha Joseph. Photo Credit: IOI Canada
L-R: IOI Governors Anita Coady and Lawrence Hildebrand, and 2017 DDSJS awardee Orisha Joseph. Photo Credit: IOI Canada

2017 Scholarship


Ms Orisha Joseph from Saint Vincent and Grenadines was awarded the Danielle de St Jorre Scholarship to fund her attendance at the Ocean Governance: Policy, Law and Management Course held in 2017 in Dalhousie, organised by the IOI Operational Centre in Canada. She reported back on her experience:


“The International Ocean Governance course on policy, law and management was an incredible course which brought together a wide cross section of people and disciplines. The course was held from May 24th to July 21st, 2017 at the Dalhousie University, in Nova Scotia, Canada. The two-month program focused on the ocean as one connected system which consists of numerous users and stakeholders both for coastal land and the sea. Most importantly it aimed to increase awareness of how the ocean requires broad interdisciplinary management where skills, stakeholders and legal frameworks lead to improved governance.


I would like to say a big thanks to the International Ocean Institute and to Dalhousie University for being awarded the Danielle St. Jorre Scholarship for 2017 that allowed me to attend this course. It has been a valuable experience and I am happy to have attended and will be forever grateful for the opportunity.”

2018 Scholarship




The IOI hereby invites applications/nominations for the 2018 Danielle de St. Jorre Scholarship. This scholarship helps fund the participation of a woman from a Small Island Developing State in IOI-Canada's two-month course on Ocean Governance: Policy, Law and Management.


Further information on the Scholarship as well as the application form and explanatory notes may be either requested/obtained by sending an email to the contact below or from the training section of the IOI-Canada website (dal.ca/ioihfx):  


Madeleine Coffen-Smout

Programme Officer

International Ocean Institute, Dalhousie University,  

6414 Coburg Road, P.O. Box 15000,

Halifax, Nova  Scotia, B3H 4R2,  Canada


Email: ioi(at)dal.ca


Details are available in the Call for Applications available for download below.


Women from Small Island Developing States are invited to apply for the Danielle de St Jorre Scholarship by 9th February.


Danielle de St Jorre Scholarship - 2018
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