MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program


Likely mid-November

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The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program is a global initiative to educate and develop next-generation leaders from Africa who will contribute to social and economic progress. Over a ten-year period the initiative will fund 35 master's students in selected graduate degree programs.



The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at UBC for graduate students is open to applicants who have completed a Bachelor’s Degree and are a citizen of and have lived a significant part of their life in a Sub-Saharan African country. In addition, applicants must be a person who requires a Canadian study permit to study in Canada and commit to returning to Africa immediately after graduation from UBC in order to apply their training and skills to the betterment of others. Please note that Convention refugees and students intending to become landed immigrants to Canada are not eligible for consideration for this award.

Only students applying to a Master’s degree in one of the following Faculties and programs at UBC’s Vancouver campus can be considered:

Sauder School of Business

Faculty of Forestry

Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Faculty of Education

Faculty of Medicine

Faculty of Science

Application Procedures

UBC Mastercard Foundation Scholarship applications for 2019-2020 are now officially OPEN. Please follow the application procedures at:

Please take note of the key steps and deadlines below:

Step 1: Admissibility Submission:

  • Sauder Admissibility Submission: October 25, 2018
  • All other faculties: November 9, 2018

Step 2: Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Application November 16, 2018

Step 3: UBC Faculty Applications:

  • Forestry: December 14, 2018
  • Land and Food Systems: December 14, 2018
  • Education:
    • Master of Education in Educational Administration and Leadership (EDAL) – December 14, 2018
    • Master of Education in Higher Education (HIED) – December 14, 2018
    • Master of Education in Science Education (SCED) – December 1, 2018
  • Medicine: December 14, 2018
  • Sauder School of Business: December 14, 2018
  • Science: January 13, 2019

These dates may vary from those posted on faculty websites. Please note that if you are applying for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at UBC, you must submit all your documents by the dates requested above.

Further Information

MasterCard Foundation Website:

A sample of the 2019-2020 MCF application: MCF Application Form 2019-2020- Sample

For further questions and questions about the UBC Mastercard Foundation Scholarship, please email: