The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at UBC for undergraduate students is open to first-time applicants who are residents and citizens of a Sub-Saharan African country. This program targets academically qualified, yet economically disadvantaged, young people in Africa who will contribute to the transformation of the continent.

Nominees need to apply online to the University of British Columbia AND submit the Undergraduate Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program application.

Undergraduate Eligibility and Selection Criteria

To be eligible for consideration as an undergraduate for The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at UBC, the nominee must:

  • be a citizen of a Sub-Saharan African country;
  • present economically disadvantaged financial circumstances correspondent to that of the lowest two quintiles of their country’s socio-economic scale, and be able to show they lack financial means from family or other sources to pursue post-secondary (university) education in their home country or elsewhere;
  • have achieved academic excellence (mostly ‘A’s) 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 outside the classroom, in the school and/or community;
  • be graduating/recently graduated from a recognized senior secondary school;
  • be applying for their first undergraduate degree in one of the following Faculties at UBC’s Vancouver campus:
    • Faculty of Arts
    • Faculty of Applied Science (Engineering)
    • Vancouver School of Economics (Bachelor of International Economics)
    • Faculty of Forestry
    • Faculty of Land & Food Systems (including Global Resource Systems; Food, Nutrition & Health; Applied Biology [Applied Animal Biology, Applied Plant & Soil Sciences or Food & the Environment])
    • Sauder School of Business (Bachelor of Commerce)
    • Faculty of Science
  • be an international student who will be studying at UBC on a Canadian Study Permit;
  • commit to returning to Africa immediately after graduation from UBC in order to apply their training and skills to the betterment of others.



A student must be nominated for the Undergraduate Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of British Columbia. Nominations will be accepted from secondary schools and recognized international development agencies and their affiliates, or registered local or international charitable and not-for-profit organizations. Each school or organization may nominate a maximum of three students.  Note that you will need to apply online to the University of British Columbia AND also submit the Undergraduate Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program nomination package.


Nominations for the 2018/19 Academic Year are now closed.

  • November 1 or earlier : Nominating high school or non-profit organization completes 2018 Nomination Notification Form for UBC Awards to confirm the full name and date of birth of their nominee(s).
  • November 15: High school/non-profit organization submits the completed MCFSP nomination package (couriered or mailed packages must be postmarked by November 15).
  • December 1: The nominee must complete the online admissions application and notify us to waive the fee by completing the survey form 2018 Admissions Application Completion Form for UBC Awards
  • January 31: Our office will email the nominee to confirm that we have received your MCFSP nomination package. If you have not received an email by this date, contact us as soon as possible.
  • January 31: Deadline for nominee/school to submit any supporting documentation and/or results not available by December 1 (such as transcripts, supporting financial documentation, TOEFL score).


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