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.
Ms Maritza Queeley from St. Kitts and Nevis was awarded the Danielle de St Jorre Scholarship to fund her attendance at the Ocean Governance: Policy, Law and Management Course held in 2018 in Dalhousie, organised by the IOI Operational Centre in Canada. She reported back on her experience:
“Within my capacity as Port State Control Officer I saw this training as an opportunity to enhance my knowledge of the ocean and to be in a better position to develop my Department’s ability to address activities which undermines or threatens the ocean’s health and value. Now, upon completion of the IOI - Training Programme, I see practical avenues where my training can be used to provide essential information about coastal states’ obligations through application of the above topics. I am truly honoured to have received the Danielle de St Jorre scholarship to attend this year’s training program. Thanks to the International Ocean Institute I have greater understanding and skills regarding the ocean which can never be replaced, only enhanced.”