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The University of British Columbia Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program


Step 1: Admissibility Submission: November 6, 2020

Step 2: Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Application: December 11, 2020

Step 3: UBC Faculty Applications:

The University of British Columbia is pleased to partner with The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program to provide comprehensive scholarships to students from Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Program provides access to education for academically talented, yet economically marginalized young people. Scholars in the Program have a demonstrated commitment to giving back to their communities and develop the leadership needed to contribute to social and economic transformation across the continent.


The promise: academic faculties and research facilities globally recognized for their influence and impact. The outcome: knowledge, skills, hands-on experience and connections for life. The Vancouver campus is arguably the most beautiful places on earth to pursue your academic career.

Most international university in North America

Global top 40 university

At UBC’s Vancouver campus, you can get a top-tier education while living in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. This research-intensive campus is an incubator for bright ideas and a jumping-off point for adventure, both inside and outside the classroom.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

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

  • have completed a Bachelor’s degree;

  • must not already have a graduate or PhD degree;

  • be 35 years old or younger (i.e. born in 1985 or after);

  • be a citizen or a 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, and be able to show lack of financial means from family or other sources to pursue graduate education in their home country or elsewhere;

  • have achieved academic excellence under difficult circumstances and show leadership qualities or potential;

  • demonstrate an interest in and commitment to giving back to his/her home community in ways that enhance the economic growth and social development of Africa, through engagement in activities in their current profession, university or community;

  • be a person who requires a Canadian study permit to study in Canada;

  • commit to returning to Africa in order to apply their training and skills to the betterment of others;

  • be applying for a Master’s degree in one of the following faculties and programs at UBC’s Vancouver campus;

  • Faculty of Forestry

  • Master of Sustainable Forest Management (MSFM)

  • Master of International Forestry (MIF)

  • Master of Geomatics for Environmental Management (MGEM

  • Faculty of Land and Food Systems

  • Master of Food and Resource Economics (MFRE)

  • Master of Food Science (MFS)

  • Master of Land and Water Systems (MLWS)

  • Faculty of Science

  • Master of Data Science

Please note that the Mastercard Foundation Scholars program only covers the expenses of the admitted scholars.

Please note that Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents are not eligible to apply for this award.

Please note that funds from the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at UBC cannot be applied to pursue programs at other academic institutions.

  • Forestry: January 13, 2021

  • Land and Food Systems: January 8, 2021

  • Science: January 8, 2021


  1. Complete the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Eligibility Form. 

  2. Submit the Personal Statements

  3. Submit a CV/resume.

  4. Provide two reference letters.

  5. Transcripts.



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