Scholarships and Internships

One of the Ministry of Tourism’s primary goals is to attract a steady stream of skilled and enthusiastic tourism professionals who can actively contribute to the future prosperity of the tourism sector. The Ministry and Department of Tourism continue to work hard to achieve this through the Scholarship Programme and other initiatives.

Since its inception in 1996, the Ministry of Tourism (MOT) Scholarship has awarded hundreds of students with either full or partial scholarships. Many of these students have gone on to work full-time in the tourism industry and some of the Ministry’s graduates now hold senior positions at the Department of Tourism and other tourism establishments. Historically, MOT scholars have earned degrees in disciplines such as Marketing, Public Relations, Communications, Tourism and Environmental Management, Hotel Management, Travel Tourism and Hospitality and the Visual Arts at universities and colleges in the US, England and Canada.

Caymanians wishing to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in tourism or a tourism-related discipline are urged to do so. Secondary scholarship consideration is also given to tourism or tourism-related studies for Master’s degrees.

The entire MOT Scholarship application MUST be completed online. Please ensure you are able to scan and upload the required documentation. Public computers are available at the Cayman Islands Public Libraries in each district. Incomplete applications will NOT be accepted. For further information please contact the Department of Tourism by telephone at 244-1252.


Prospective Students

Current MOT Scholars

Other Tourism Scholarships

Caribbean Tourism Organisation Foundation Scholarships
Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Scholarships
Scholarship Management System


MOT Summer Internship (Undergraduate)

Successful Ministry of Tourism scholars will be offered an opportunity to work with Units within the Department of Tourism to gain practical experience during a 2-week to 3-month period.   

Target Group: 17+
Dates/Activities: request a summer internship application 

Tourism Work Experience

The Work Experience Program provides an opportunity for high school and university students to gain practical experience during a 2 week or 3 month period with participating local tourism industry partners and the Department of Tourism. Further, students are required to report on their experience to their teachers or lecturers for credit.

Target Group: 15+
Dates/Activities: Available upon request or check with Careers Teacher

Tourism Career Fair

Annual Chamber of Commerce Career and Scholarships Expo: This fair presents an opportunity to speak to students and general public regarding tourism educational offerings and scholarship opportunities.

DoT is also available for Career fairs at individual schools and institutions to speak with students on career and scholarship opportunities.

Target Group: All
Dates/Activities: February 

Ministry of Tourism Networking Event

The Ministry and Department of Tourism are committed to the professional development of MOT Scholars and to that end has organized networking events to introduce the scholars to the stakeholders of the tourism industry and to provide an easier transition from university to the Cayman Islands work environment.

Target Group: Scholars and Industry Partners
Dates/Activities: July