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The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program consists of a global network of education institutions and non-governmental organizations that are committed to serving disadvantaged youth, and share the belief that education is a catalyst for social and economic advancement.
Partners are selected based on academic excellence, nurturing environments, and programs relevant to growth sectors in Africa. This network will expand as the Foundation adds more secondary and university partners in Africa. Applications for the 2021/22 Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program are now open.
Eligibility and Selection Criteria for UBC Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program 2022
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

Deadlines for UBC Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program 2022

  • Step 1: Admissibility Submission: November 6, 2020
  • Step 2: Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Application: December 11, 2020
  • Step 3: UBC Faculty Applications:
    • Forestry: January 13, 2021
    • Land and Food Systems: January 8, 2021
    • Science: January 8, 2021

These dates may vary from those posted on faculty websites. Please note that if you are applying for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at UBC, you must submit all your documents (including your reference letters) by the dates requested above.  
*Applicants applying to these programs should consider the different deadlines. Late submissions will not be accepted.
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