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Apply for the Fully-Funded UBC Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program for Masters/Ph.D.

Updated: Oct 26, 2020


The University of British Columbia is pleased to partner with The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program to provide comprehensive scholarships to students from Sub-Saharan Africa. The Program provides access to education for academically talented, yet economically marginalized young people. Scholars in the Program have a demonstrated commitment to giving back to their communities and develop the leadership needed to contribute to social and economic transformation across the continent.


The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program covers all expenses associated with UBC tuition, housing, and food. Scholars also receive a stipend each month to support their lives in Vancouver.


To be eligible for consideration for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Masters’ Degree Program at UBC, the applicant must:

  • have completed a Bachelor’s degree;

  • must not already have a graduate or Ph.D. degree;

  • be 35 years old or younger (i.e. born in 1985 or after);

  • be a citizen or a refugee of a Sub-Saharan African country;

  • have lived a significant part of their life in a Sub-Saharan African country;

  • present economically disadvantaged financial circumstances, and be able to show a lack of financial means from family or other sources to pursue graduate education in their home country or elsewhere;

  • have achieved academic excellence under difficult circumstances and show leadership qualities or potential;

  • demonstrate an interest in and commitment to giving back to his/her home community in ways that enhance the economic growth and social development of Africa, through engagement in activities in their current profession, university, or community;

  • be a person who requires a Canadian study permit to study in Canada;

  • commit to returning to Africa to apply their training and skills to the betterment of others;


11 December 2020

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