The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program is a $500 million initiative to inspire young people — particularly from Africa — to lead change through education. The University of British Columbia, Canada 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. More than 110 students from Africa will receive comprehensive scholarships to live and learn at the University of British Columbia thanks to a $25 million grant from The MasterCard Foundation. Over the next 10 years, UBC expects to welcome 77 undergraduate and 35 master’s degree students through the Program.
UBC is among the first Canadian universities to join The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program and one of 15 institutions participating in the $500 million global education initiative.
Selected students will receive a scholarship equivalent to the costs of attaining a degree, including travel, tuition, textbooks, housing, food, and living expenses. You will also receive financial, academic, social, and post-graduation support which will enable you to build experiences and competencies critical for academic success.
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 PhD degree;
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 programs at UBC’s Vancouver campus;
Faculty of Forestry
Master of Sustainable Forest Management (MSFM)
Master of International Forestry (MIF)
Master of Geomatics for Environmental Management (MGEM)
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)
Faculty of Science
Master of Data Science
Deadline: December 1, 2023
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