Mastercard Scholarship at McGill University 2020

McGill University and the Mastercard Foundation are pleased to offer full scholarships to economically challenged, academically gifted Master’s students from Sub-Saharan Africa through the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program.

This scholarship program is designed to sponsor outstanding, community engaged students to attend university who otherwise would not have the opportunity, thereby, fostering the development of future Sub-Saharan African leaders and entrepreneurs.

MasterCard foundation scholarship at McGill

In addition to financial support, Scholars are provided with a comprehensive support network that includes an array of mentoring and support services to ensure each student’s academic success, community service engagement and transition to socially relevant employment opportunities, when they return to Africa at the conclusion of their studies.


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 registered for /completed any graduate studies;
  • Be nominated by a current McGill Professor or Staff Member from the department you wish to apply to (see Nomination Form);
  • 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 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 quintiles of your country.
  • Must be less than 35 years old at the time of application

Application Timeline:

  • Program application documents in uApply: Your choice program’s deadline (no later than January 31st)
  • Deadline to submit Supporting Documents (including transcripts, reference letters, resumes, etc.): January 31, 2020
  • Mastercard Foundation Scholars Selection Committee begins to make scholarship offers April 1, 2020

List of Eligible Countries for McGill MasterCard Scholarship

  • Angola
  • Benin
  • Botswana
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Djibouti
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Republic of the Congo
  • Rwanda
  • São Tomé and Príncipe
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • The Gambia
  • Togo
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

List of Eligible Master’s Programme for McGill MasterCard Foundation Scholarship

Master of Architecture (M. Arch.)

  • 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
  • Bioresource Engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Communication Science & Disorders
  • Nursing
  • Human Nutrition – Project option
  • Occupational Health

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

  • Bioresource Engineering
  • Biostatistics
  • Food Science & Agricultural Chemistry
  • Math & Statistics
  • Public Health

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

  • Urban Planning

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