Program Dates: Saturday July 14 – Sunday August 12, 2018
Application Deadline (e-mail): March 31, 2018
SPISE 2018 Application Forms
To be eligible to apply to SPISE, students must be:
(1) At least age 16 but less than age 18 on July 1, 2018
(2) Citizens or permanent residents of the English-speaking Caribbean (excluding U.S. territories) or Bermuda, and have been enrolled in a high school within the Caribbean or Bermuda for the past 4 years. (Note: applicants from the Dutch, French and Spanish-speaking Caribbean countries may be considered on a case-by-case basis.)
Before filling out an application, be sure to read the SPISE Program Description on the SPISE page
in its entirety, as well as the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below.
Students applying to the program will need to:
- Fill out the application form below and provide all the materials requested within it. A WORD file (for electronic completion) is provided below, as well as a PDF version.
- Provide the appropriate requests for recommendations below to their: (a) School Principal or Guidance Counselor, (b) a current Math Teacher, and (c) a current Science Teacher.
Applicants who move on to the second step of the admissions process may be asked to participate in a Skype interview as part of the selection process.
FOR TEACHING ASSISTANTS
Applications for SPISE Teaching Assistants (TAs) are provided below in WORD (for electronic completion) and PDF formats. The TA positions are open until filled. TAs are expected to be familiar with the details of the program, and, therefore, before applying, should read:(a) the Program Description, (b) the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) above, and (c) “What SPISE Teaching Assistants should know” (at the end of the application form).
Applications for SPISE Instructors are provided below in WORD (for electronic completion) and PDF formats. The Instructor positions are open until filled. Instructors are expected to be familiar with the details of the program, and, therefore, before applying, should read: (a) the Program Description, (b) the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) above, and (c) “What SPISE Instructors should know” (at the end of the application form).
Student Selection Process
- Applications are first triaged for compliance with the eligibility criteria stated above in this SPISE Program Description (age, citizenship, complete set of application items such as 3 letters of recommendation, essays, transcripts etc).
- Applications meeting the eligibility criteria are then sent off to reviewers (about 30 in total) residing in the Caribbean Region and the Diaspora. These individuals are typically university professors and lecturers, and business professionals.
- Reviewers are not allowed to review applications from students in their country, or students whom they know, or students whose parents they know.
- The reviewers are divided into subcommittees of about 3-6 persons each, with each subcommittee reading the same set of applications. That is, each student is scored by at least 3 different reviewers.
- Reviewers are briefed by the CSF Executive Director or the CSF Assistant Director and given written guidelines as to the characteristics that the CSF is looking for in the ideal SPISE student. Reviewers are asked to rank the candidates on a scale of 1 to 4 using the guidelines and the criteria in the SPISE Program Description above.
- Each subcommittee is asked to collaborate and recommend a roughly 50/50 mix of boys and girls and to arrive at a consensus of their top approximately 4 candidates.
- The top-ranked students are then matched with sponsors from their country, and admitted to the SPISE. Each admitted student is branded as the scholar of his/her sponsor.
- Students recommended for admission who do not yet have sponsors are wait-listed pending sponsorship.
- If there are too many sponsors from a particular country, the CSF will request that a sponsor(s) consider supporting a student from a different country.
- The exact size of the final SPISE class depends on how many students have committed sponsorship before the SPISE starts.
Please contact Prof. Cardinal Warde (firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-617-699-1281) – Faculty Director of SPISE, or Dr. Dinah Sah (email@example.com or 1-617-803-2135) – Director of SPISE, with your questions about the program and about student sponsorship. Also, please be sure to read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) above for further details about SPISE.