The University of British Columbia (UBC) is a globally recognized institution for research and education, consistently placed among the top universities worldwide. UBC envisions an exceptional learning environment promoting global citizenship, sustainability, and remarkable research to serve communities in British Columbia, Canada, and beyond.
The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at UBC spans a decade and aims to support 171 scholars, encompassing both undergraduate and master’s students.
- Bachelor’s degree completion is a prerequisite.
- Candidates should not hold a graduate or PhD degree.
- Applicants must be 35 years old or younger at the time of application (born in 1988 or after).
- Citizens or refugees of Sub-Saharan African countries are eligible.
- A significant portion of their life should have been lived in a Sub-Saharan African country.
- Candidates should exhibit financial constraints and academic excellence despite challenging circumstances.
- Demonstration of leadership qualities or potential.
- A commitment to contribute to their home community and a dedication to returning to Africa to apply their skills for its improvement.
- Must require a Canadian study permit and should not have claimed asylum or protected person status in Canada.
Application for a Master’s degree in specified faculties and programs at UBC’s Vancouver campus is mandatory.
Programs Covered by the Scholarship:
Faculty of Forestry:
Faculty of Land and Food Systems:
Faculty of Science:
Canadian citizens and permanent residents are ineligible.
Funds from this scholarship are solely for UBC programs and cannot be applied to other academic institutions.
Applicants must adhere to specific document submission deadlines.
The application process
- includes assessing eligibility
- submitting the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Application
- applying to UBC Faculty programs
- undergoing a reviewing process by faculties and a university-wide selection committee.
The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program application deadline is December 1, 2023.
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