Applicants can now apply for the ongoing 2024 Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of British Columbia University (UBC), Canada. The University in partnership with Mastercard Foundation is providing the comprehensive scholarships to students from Sub-Saharan Africa to study in Canada.

The Program provides access to education for academically talented, yet economically marginalized young people. Scholars in the Program must demonstrate the commitment to give back to their communities and develop the leadership needed to contribute to social and economic transformation across the continent. 

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Brief Details

  • Scholarship Sponsor(s): UBC & Mastercard Foundation
  • Nationality: African
  • Study Level: Postgraduate (Masters)
  • Host Institution(s): University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Funding Amount: Not Stated
  • Number of Awards: Several

Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program for Sub-Saharan African Students, applicants are expected to meet the following conditions:

  • Applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s degree;
  • Applicants must not already have a graduate or PhD degree;
  • Applicants must be 35 years old or younger at the time of application (i.e. born in 1988 or after);
  • Be a citizen or a refugee of a Sub-Saharan African country (listed here);
  • Have lived a significant part of their life in a Sub-Saharan African country;
  • Present economically disadvantaged financial circumstances
  • Have achieved academic excellence under difficult circumstances
  • Show leadership qualities or potential;
  • Demonstrate an interest in and commitment to giving back to their home community
  • Be a person who requires a Canadian study permit to study in Canada;
  • Not be a person who claimed or will claim asylum or protected person status after arriving in Canada;
  • Commit to returning to Africa in order to apply their training and skills to the betterment of others;
  • Be applying for a Master’s degree in one of the following faculties and eligible programs (below) at UBC’s Vancouver campus;

Eligible Programs

The following faculties and programs are eligible for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of British Columbia University 2024 (link to each program available at official website);

1. Faculty of Forestry:

  • Master of Sustainable Forest Management (MSFM)
  • Master of International Forestry (MIF)
  • Master of Geomatics for Environmental Management (MGEM)

2. Faculty of Land and Food Systems:

  • Master of Food and Resource Economics (MFRE)
  • Master of Food Science (MFS)
  • Master of Land and Water Systems (MLWS)

3. Faculty of Science:

  • Master of Data Science

How to Apply

Interested applicants who wish to apply for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program for Sub-Saharan African Students should Complete the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Application Form online.

Application Documents:

  • Complete the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Application Form.
  • Submit the Personal Statements.
  • Submit a CV/resume.
  • Provide two reference letters.
  • Transcripts.
  • Submit the Checklist, Application Form, Personal Statements, CV, two reference letters on official letterhead, transcripts, and signed declaration.

Submit the package electronically in a single PDF document via email to mcfsp.admissions@ubc.ca. or Visit the Official Website for Further Details

Application Deadline

This application closes on December 01, 2023

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