2020 Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at McGill University In Canada

Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program is to create a globally educated and highly qualified group of future leaders, who, upon graduation, can return to Africa to help foster the region’s development.

Toward these ends, McGill complements Scholars’ education with a comprehensive support system that includes mentorship, tailored support services, community service opportunities and sustained programming relevant to their personal development. Scholars also receive guidance and funding for two internships in their home countries during their studies.

These internships aim to sustain the Scholars’ connection with their home countries and build a path toward meaningful employment post-graduation.

  • Host Country: Canada
  • Category: Masters 
  • Eligible Countries: Sub-Sahara African Countries 
  • Reward: Full Scholarship 
  • Deadline: January 31, 2021
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About the Scholarship

In 2013, McGill University began its partnership with the Mastercard Foundation to offer the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at McGill. This program provides academically talented young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa with access to a world-class university education. The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at McGill will welcome 91 Scholars from Sub-Saharan Africa, including 24 at the Master’s level, over a ten year period. Unique to McGill, some Scholars are from French-speaking countries and receive intensive English language training before starting their degree programs.

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Scholarship Requirements

To be eligible for consideration for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Master’s Program at McGill, you must:

  1.  Be admissible to one of the eligible programs at McGill University (see Program List here);
  2. Have never registered for /completed any graduate studies;
  3. Be nominated by a current McGill Professor or Staff Member from the department you wish to apply to (see PDF icon Nomination form);
  4. Be a citizen of and have lived a significant part of your life in a Sub-Saharan African Country (see List of Eligible Countries);
  5. Have an exceptional record of service and activity in your school and/or community;
  6. Have an intent to return to your country immediately upon the completion of your degree with the goal of transforming your community through social and economic development;
  7. Demonstrate that your financial status is in the lowest two quintiles of your country;
  8. Must be less than 35 years old at the time of application.

Programs of Study

    • Angola
    • Benin
    • Botswana
    • Burkina Faso
    • Burundi
    • Cameroon
    • Cape Verde
    • Central African Republic
    • Chad
    • Comoros
    • Côte d’Ivoire
    • Democratic Republic of the Congo
    • Djibouti
    • Equatorial Guinea
    • Eritrea
    • Ethiopia
    • Gabon
    • Ghana
    • Guinea
    • Guinea-Bissau
    • Kenya
    • Lesotho
    • Liberia
    • Madagascar
    • Malawi
    • Mali
    • Mauritania
    • Mauritius
    • Mozambique
    • Namibia
    • Niger
    • Nigeria
    • Republic of the Congo
    • Rwanda
    • São Tomé and Príncipe
    • Senegal
    • Seychelles
    • Sierra Leone
    • Somalia
    • South Africa
    • South Sudan
    • Swaziland
    • Tanzania
    • The Gambia
    • Togo
    • Uganda
    • Zambia
    • Zimbabwe

Required Documents

Eligible Master’s Programs (Non-Thesis ONLY)

Master of Architecture (M. Arch.- Professional)

  • Architecture

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

  • Educational Psychology

Master of Arts (M.A.)

  • Counselling Psychology
  • Education & Society
  • Educational Leadership *
  • Political Science

* Requires at least 2 years of teaching or similar experience

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

  • Bioresource Engineering
  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Food Science & Agricultural Chemistry
  • Public Health

Master of Engineering (M. Eng.)

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering*
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mining Engineering

* Requires at least 1st class degree classification or a 3.7/4.0 CGPA

Master of Science Applied (M .Sc.A.)

  • Animal Science
  • Bioresource Engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Human Nutrition – Project option
  • Occupational Health

Master of Information Studies (M.I.St.)

  • Information Studies

Important Dates


Application Period Begins*September 1, 2020
Deadline to submit the Application for Admission in uApplyYour program’s deadline
Deadline to submit MCF Supporting Documents in uApplyJanuary 31, 2021
Notification of offers by the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Selection CommitteeApril 1, 2021

*Deadline to request nomination for a program in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
*Deadline to request nomination for Electrical Engineering

October 30, 2020

December 1, 2020

Deadline: January 31, 2021

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