University of British Columbia MasterCard Foundation Scholarship for African Students 2018/2019 – Canada

The University of British Columbia, Canada partners with the MasterCard foundation Scholars Programme to grant $25M Scholarships to African students; At present, only the Undergraduate scholarship is available for application.


Application Deadline: 

Undergraduate Application Deadline: 15th November, 2017

Offered annually? Yes

Eligible Countries: African countries

To be taken at (country): University of British Columbia, Canada

Eligible Field of Study: Development related fields

University of British Columbia MasterCard Foundation Scholarship for African Students 2018/2019 – Canada

About Scholarship: 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. The first cohort of Scholars will arrive at UBC this fall. 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 in the world participating in the $500 million global education initiative.

Offered Since: 2013

Type: Undergraduate

Undergraduate Eligibility and Selection Criteria: To be eligible for consideration as an undergraduate for The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at UBC, the nominee must:

  • be a citizen of and residing in a Sub-Saharan African country;
  • present economically disadvantaged financial circumstances, and be able to show they lack financial means from family or other sources to pursue post-secondary (university) 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 outside the classroom, in the school and/or community;
  • be graduating/recently graduated from a recognized senior secondary school;
  • be applying for their first undergraduate degree in one of the following Faculties at UBC’s Vancouver campus:
    • Faculty of Arts
    • Faculty of Applied Science (Engineering)
    • Faculty of Forestry (Bachelor of Science in Forestry)
    • Faculty of Land & Food Systems (including Global Resource Systems; Food, Nutrition & Health; Applied Biology [Applied Animal Biology, Applied Plant & Soil Sciences or Food & the Environment])
    • Sauder School of Business (Bachelor of Commerce)
  • be an international student who will be studying at UBC on a Canadian Study Permit;
  • commit to returning to Africa immediately after graduation from UBC in order to apply their training and skills to the betterment of others.

Number of Scholarships: 110 students over the next 10 years

Value of Scholarship: Selected students will receive a scholarship equivalent to the costs related to 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.

Duration of Scholarship: Full period of study

University of British Columbia MasterCard Foundation Scholarship for African Students 2018/2019 – Canada

How to Apply:

Undergraduate Scholarship: A student must be nominated for the Undergraduate MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of British Columbia. Nominations will be accepted from secondary schools and recognized international development agencies and their affiliates, or registered local or international charitable and not-for-profit organizations. Each school or organization may nominate a maximum of three students.  Note that you will need to apply online to the University of British Columbia AND also submit the Undergraduate MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program nomination package.


Nominations: When students are confirmed for nomination, their  high school or recognized non-profit organization must use the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program nomination package. Find the Nomination package in the link below.

Visit the Undergraduate Scholarship Webpage for More Details

Sponsors: MasterCard Foundation Scholars Programme (MFSP)

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