African Palliative Care Association Scholarships for Nurses and Health workers

African Palliative Care Association (APCA) in collaboration with Global Partners in Care (GPIC) invites applications from certified nurses and health workers in Africa to its 2021 scholarship program.

The African Palliative Care Association (APCA) in partnership with Global Partners in Care (GPIC) in the USA provides a limited number of competitive scholarships each year to nurses and social workers for palliative care training opportunities. APCA and GPIC recognize the important role nurses and social workers play in providing holistic palliative care services. Despite this, the inadequate incorporation of palliative care into the pre-service (undergraduate) training of nurses and social workers, the lack of clear career pathways for those interested in specializing in palliative care, and lack of recognition of palliative care qualifications by local ministries of health and education continue to be a challenge.

The Palliative Care Education Scholarship Fund for Nurses and Social Workers aims to provide an opportunity for nurses and social workers involved in palliative care provision or those determined to lead the development of such services in their settings to undergo specialist training. Palliative care is a growing area of practice in Africa, and nurses and social workers often feel unprepared to deal with the complex issues it encompasses. Training opportunities through this Fund are expected to enhance skills, knowledge, attitudes, values, methods, and sensitivities needed to work effectively in palliative care with patients, families, health care providers, and the community.

Benefits

Scholarship amount and duration may vary according to the course of study but shall not exceed $2,000 USD

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Eligibility
  • Qualified nurse or social worker with a degree or diploma residing and working in Africa.
  • Has obtained a place on a diploma palliative care course in an institution in Africa recognized by APCA.
  • Applicant must already have secured acceptance to a program of study to be considered for a scholarship.
  • Able to legibly complete the application
  • Currently licensed in nursing or social work, where applicable
  • Able to obtain full support from his/her place of work to undertake the course
  • Able to serve his/her institution of work for at least one year after completion of the training
  • Willing to provide thank you for a letter, video testimonial, or Zoom interview with GPIC and APCA in support of future fundraising for the scholarship fund.
  • Preference may be given to applicants who are in their final year of study.
Application Process

Eligible applicants should complete the relevant scholarship application available online at https://www.africanpalliativecare.org/ and submit it to the relevant email:

Nurses Scholarships: nurses.scholarships@africanpalliativecare.org.

Social Workers Scholarships: socialwork.scholarships@africanpalliativecare.org.

Application Deadline: March 19, 2021.

For more information visit the official site.