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  • Thabiso Mnisi

McGill University Scholarship Program in Canada

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.

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at McGill will welcome 91 Scholars from Sub-Saharan Africa, including 24 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. In 2020, this scholarship will only be for postgraduate studies, which means applicants for bachelors degree will not be eligible for this scholarship.


  1. Master of Architecture (M. Arch.)  

  2. Master of Education (M.Ed.)  - Educational Psychology

  3. Master of Information Studies (M.I.St.) - Information Studies

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

  5. Master of Engineering (M. Eng.) - Aerospace Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mining & Materials Engineering

  6. Master of Arts (M.A.) - Counselling Psychology, Education & Society, Educational Leadership, Educational Psychology, Linguistics, Mathematics & Statistics, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology

  7. Master of Science Applied (M .Sc.A.) - Animal Science, Bioresource Engineering, Biotechnology , Communication Science & Disorders, Human Nutrition – Project option, Occupational Health

  8. Master of Science (M.Sc.) - Bioresource Engineering, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Food Science & Agricultural Chemistry, Mathematics & Statistics, Public Health

To find a nominator as detailed in the application process below, please visit this page on the McGill University website:


  • Be admissible to one of the eligible programs at McGill University 

  • 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); 

  • Have an exceptional record of service and activity in your school and/or community; 

  • 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; 

  • 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.


For further questions about the application and admission process please contact .

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