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Fully-Funded Mastercard Foundation Scholarship at the University of British Columbia, Canada

For the upcoming 2024–2025 academic year, the University of British Columbia is pleased to announce that it will continue to collaborate with the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program (MCFSP). This long-term collaboration is essential to enabling the next generation of leaders from economically underprivileged backgrounds, giving them the knowledge and abilities needed to advance social and economic development back home.

A Vision for Change for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program

With a 10-year goal of educating and shaping the next generation of leaders capable of bringing about social and economic change in their communities, the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program is an international endeavor. This program aims to close the achievement gaps in secondary and tertiary education in the African continent by specifically targeting young people from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Africa is the youngest continent in the world, with more than 60% of its population under 25. Even with notable advancements in the political and economic spheres, Sub-Saharan Africa still struggles to get its young people enrolled in high-quality secondary and university education. By providing comprehensive support to scholars and equipping them with the values, knowledge, and skills necessary for success in the global economy, the MCFSP aims to change this narrative.

Scholarship Eligibility and Application Details


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

  • Have completed a bachelor’s degree.
  • Not already possess a graduate or PhD degree.
  • Be 35 years old or younger at the time of application.
  • Be a citizen or 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.
  • 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 to apply their training and skills for the betterment of others.

Application Deadline: December 1, 2023

Contact: [email protected]

Steps to Apply

Step One: Assess Your Eligibility

  • Decide your Program(s) of Interest from the provided list.
  • Consult the Minimum Academic Requirements/International Credentials for Graduate Students, listed by country, to determine your academic eligibility.
  • Consult the program website to ensure you possess the appropriate background experience.

Step Two: Additional Tests

  • If your bachelor’s degree was not taught in English, make arrangements to take an English Proficiency Exam (TOEFL or IELTS).

Step Three: MCFSP Application Package

  • Complete the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Application by December 1, 2023.
  • Submit the package electronically in a single PDF document via email to [email protected].

Step Four: UBC Faculty Applications

  • Apply online as instructed upon completing the MCFSP Application.
  • Review faculty application instructions and eligibility for fee waivers.

Step Five: Reviewing Process

  • In February 2024, faculties will nominate candidates for admission for the Mastercard Foundation Scholarship.
  • A university-wide selection committee will review applications, rank them, and select award recipients.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for a video interview in April 2024.

For further questions about the UBC Mastercard Foundation Scholarship, please email: [email protected]

» Apply to UBC

Address: The UBC Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program
Vancouver Campus
c/o MCFSP, Global Lounge
2205 Lower Mall, Bldg 1
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z4
Tel 604 822 9803
Email [email protected]

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