In 2012, Sail Training International had the pleasure of launching a bursary scheme in partnership with the Sultanate of Oman. It aims to foster international friendship and provide new and exciting opportunities for up to 100 young people each year. It does this by helping them to experience a sail training voyage on a Tall Ship during a Sail Training International (STI) Tall Ships Race or Regatta.
Sail Training International has enjoyed a long, positive relationship with Oman. The country is regularly involved with our events and is committed to developing young people, something that is central to our charitable purpose.
The Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) has a long history of supporting sail training that dates back to their first naval training ship, Shabab Oman (Youth of Oman), which was in service for over 30 years. In 2014, the RNO celebrated the delivery of a brand new sail training vessel, Shabab Oman II. Since its launch, this beautiful full-rigged ship has continued Oman’s sail training success story, promoting international friendship and peace around the world.
How Did the Bursary Start?
The scheme was trialed at the Tall Ships Races in 2011 and launched officially in 2012. At that time, we awarded funds to 25 trainees from seven countries – the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) has funded the scheme every year since.
The RNO also presents the Sultan Qaboos Trophy, which is awarded annually to the organisation or individual who has done the most to promote sail training for young people. The trophy marks a continuing partnership between Sail Training International and the Sultanate of Oman demonstrating a commitment to sail training and youth development.
Who Can Apply?
The Oman Bursary Scheme is open to applicants who have never taken part in a Tall Ships Race or Regatta. We welcome financially or physically disadvantaged people between 15 and 25 years old, regardless of nationality, background, physical ability, or previous sailing experience. The maximum amount awarded is €500 each.
We receive applications from a huge variety of young people from all walks of life and from all over the world. Trainees’ support letters often reveal their dedication, motivation and sometimes the difficulties that they’ve faced, such as health and personal problems.
Those who are awarded the Oman Bursary achieve something special – they become part of a team of people from different nationalities in a new and exciting environment, form friendships and make memories that last a lifetime.
How to Apply
If you know someone who you feel would be eligible to apply, further details can be found on the Sail On Board dedicated trainee Bursaries and Scholarships page.
Sail On Board Bursaries and Scholarships