Mastercard Foundation Scholars program; McGill University

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Mastercard Foundation Scholarship; McGill University

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 Scholars from Sub-Saharan Africa, including some 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.

A central goal of the 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.

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.

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Important Application Dates

Step by Step Application Process

Thank you for your interest in the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at McGill University. Please note that the application period for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program – Masters Studies (Non-Thesis)  for Fall 2021 is now OPEN . This application is for MASTER’s (non-thesis) applicants only.

Please read the following steps carefully:

  1. Prospective applicants can find the full list of MCF eligible programs here . Once a program of interest has been identified, the applicant must consult the departmental requirements as well as the standard graduate admission requirements, to verify that they are eligible to apply.
  2. Please note that meeting the minimum graduate admissions requirements does not guarantee nomination for the Mastercard Foundation Scholarship Program or admission to McGill University. If the minimum requirements are met, the applicant may request appointment from the department via email. This request should have the following information enclosed:
    • University Transcript
    • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    • Short Personal Statement (max. 350 words).
  3.  The appointment made by the department acts as a verification step. If an applicant has been nominated, they will be prompted to create an account on the uApply portal and share the username with the nominating department. The applicant MUST wait until they have been nominated before creating an account in order for the application to be considered for the MCF scholarship
    Please note that being nominated does not guarantee admission to McGill University.
  4. Once nominated (department must send the completed nomination form to mcf-scholars [at] ), the applicant will be issued a fee waiver and should complete the admission application in uApply. They should upload the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Application Form, sponsor letter and bank statement to the uApply checklist.
  5. The applicant should request their Referee complete the MCFSP Recommendation form and return the completed form by email to mcf-scholars [at] .
  6. Once all of the requested documents have been received, the department will review the application.
    •  If the applicant is admitted to their program of study, their MCFSP application is pre-screened. If selected at the pre-screening stage, the application moves on to the MCFSP Selection Committee for review.
    • If the applicant is refused admission, they are no longer eligible for the scholarship.
  7. Successful applicants will be notified in April 2021 if they have been selected for the 2021 Cohort of the Mastercard Foundation Scholarship Program at McGill University.

Please note : There will be no further Undergraduate Admissions to the Scholars Program at McGill.

Learn More about the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program

About the Scholars Program

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program is developing Africa’s next generation of leaders. The program allows students whose talent and promise exceed their financial resources to complete their education. With a vision that education is a catalyst for social and economic change, the program focuses on developing leaders who are transformative, encouraging them to be active contributors in their communities.

The Program provides financial, social, and academic support to Scholars. Financial support includes, but is not limited to, tuition fees, accommodation, books, and other scholastic materials. The scope of majors and degrees eligible for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program varies from institution to institution.

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