Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at McGill

McGill has a long history of academic and grassroots engagement in Africa, and is home to a range of health, environmental and social policy research with relevance to Africa. The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program exists to create a globally educated and highly qualified group of future leaders, who, upon graduation, can return to Africa to help drive development. MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program provides guidance and funding for two internships in scholars 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.



Scholarship Type

Master’s (non-thesis).



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

  • Be admissible to one of the eligible programs at McGill University (see Program List below);
  • Have never completed any graduate studies;
  • Be nominated by a professor of a recognized Mastercard Foundation Partner University, or;
  • Be nominated by a current McGill Professor or Staff Member (  Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program – 2019 Nomination Form.pdf);
  • Be a citizen of and have lived a significant part of your life in a Sub-Saharan African Country (see List of Eligible Countries);
  • Have an exceptional record of service and activity in your school and/or community;
  • 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;
  • Demonstrate that your financial status is in the lowest two quin-tiles of your country.

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Eligible Programs

The following are the list of courses that the scholarship covers:

Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)

  • M.Arch.


Master of Arts (M.A.)

  • Anthropology
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Economics
  • Education & Society
  • Educational Leadership
  • Educational Psychology
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Political Science
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology


Master of Education (M.Ed.)

  • Educational Psychology


Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mining & Materials Engineering


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

  • Information Studies


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

  • Animal Science
  • Bio-resource Engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Communication Science & Disorders
  • Nursing
  • Human Nutrition–Project option
  • Occupational
  • Health


Master of Science (M.Sc.)

  • Bio-resource Engineering
  • Bio-statistics
  • Food Science & Agricultural Chemistry
  • Math & Statistics
  • Public Health


Master of Urban Planning (M.U.P.)

  • Urban Planning


Application Timeline

Application Period Begins September 15,2018
Deadline to submit the Application for Admission in uApply and the Mastercard
Scholars Program application documents in uApply
no later than
February 4, 2019
Deadline to submit Supporting Documents (including transcripts, reference letters, resumes, etc.) February 4, 2019
Mastercard Foundation Scholars Selection Committee  begins to make scholarship offers March 14, 2019


Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at McGill official page


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