Enrollment

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Enrollment

Application Period for the MasterCard Foundation Scholarships a has closed.
Regular Registration Closes on Monday August 7, 2017.


If you are not a MasterCard scholar,  full tuition, room and board payment must be received to reserve your place in the program. 
 

 

Residential

Commuter

One Week Enrollment
September 4-8  or
September 11-15

 

$2,100

 

$1,300

     

Two Weeks Enrollment
September 4- 15

 

$4,000

 

$2,400

 

Tuition includes all reading materials, a USB, and one field trip. Room and board accommodations at Oscarpak Royal Hotel are single occupancy in private rooms with a private bathroom. Room and board includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and twice-daily coffee/tea breaks during class sessions. Internet access through wireless in common areas is available. Accommodation and meals are covered from Saturday night arrival until Friday morning departure. If you enroll for two weeks, Friday night will also be included (room, dinner, and breakfast).

 

Please note: If you require extra nights before or after the accommodation included, then please email smdpghana2017@gmail.com soon to make an inquiry for the required nights. You must make an inquiry if you require extra nights.  If you do not make an inquiry, you may have to book another hotel at a higher rate for the extra nights. You will need to pay for those extra nights on checking in at GIMPA in U.S. dollars cash or by credit card. If you are commuting each day, you must pay a weekly commuter fee, which includes only lunch, Sunday through Thursday, coffee/tea breaks during class sessions, books, reading materials, USB, and field trips. Transportation to the Oskarpak Hotel  from the airport in Accra is not included in the registration fee. We will provide options for transport once your registration is complete.


Payment Information

A deposit of $250.00 is due within 10 days of registration for non-scholarship applicants. Your place will not be guaranteed without the depsoti. The balance of workshop fees are due before your arrival in Accra. Payments may be made by credit card or wire transfer.  Wire transfer is preferred.

The following is our reimbursement policy in the event of cancellation:

Two weeks or more prior to the workshop:          Full reimbursement, less transfer fees
One week to two weeks prior to the workshop:   50% reimbursement, less transfer fees
Less than one week from the workshop:  

No reimbursement

Wire transfer

Please contact VSL Associates on or telephone +49 176 72483304 or +49 212 818305 for Wire Transfer Instructions Transaction must be completed in U.S. Dollars

Be sure to include your name on the draft and send us an email letting us know that it has been processed. Please add a $35 fee to cover the cost of the transfer and other Bank charges. Note, there is no standard rate for such costs and therefore it may vary from the recommended $35. In such a case, if your payments are either short or greater than the amount you owe, we will settle it while you are at the SMDP. The payment amount will be based on the notification we receive from our bank as to what the actual deposit is, therefore make sure you correspond with us at smdpghana2017@gmail.com  regarding this.

Credit Card

If you wish to pay by credit card please contact the SMDP office at sanjeev.sharma@unh.edu or call +1 603-862-1871 and we can take your card information over the phone. 

Once your deposit or full payment has been received we will send you an e-mail confirmation and will e-mail you a Letter of Acceptance, which you may need when applying for a South African visa.

Note: No cash payments for tuition and housing costs will be accepted at the programme.


MasterCard Foundation Scholarships

Application deadline: July 17, 2017

You may apply for a MasterCard Foundation Scholarship, which are available for each week of the course, but only if you meet the following Selection Preferences. Please note, scholarships will be awarded through a competitive application process. We will award 24 one-week scholarships, and it is permissible to apply for the full two weeks

Selection Preferences:

  • Women practitioners only. If you are not a woman it is very unlikely that your application will be successful.
  • Practitioners who have at least two years of experience in the microenterprise development field, focused mainly on savings groups
  • Practitioners who work in Africa
  • Practitioners currently involved in, or planning to begin, Savings Groups programmes
  • Practitioners who work for NGO or Development Finance Institutions and policy development organisations
  • Candidates coming from disadvantaged backgrounds, preferably from rural and resource-poor areas
  • Applicants who make some level of financial contribution to tuition, room/board, and/or travel costs. 

Recommendation Criteria:

Scholarship recommendations will be determined by the following criteria:

  • How well does the applicant meet the selection preferences listed above?
  • What is the stated financial support committed from each candidate? 
  • Based on the candidate’s stated background profile, how will the scholarship make an impact on their professional development and to their organization?