Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program?

The UBC Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program (MCFSP) provides opportunities for students from Sub-Saharan Africa to pursue undergraduate and graduate studies at UBC.

The University of British Columbia is pleased to partner with The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program to provide comprehensive scholarships to students from Sub-Saharan Africa. The Program provides access to education for academically talented, yet economically marginalized young people. Scholars in the Program have a demonstrated commitment to giving back to their communities and develop the leadership needed to contribute to social and economic transformation across the continent.

If you do not fit these requirements you can find more information regarding international undergraduate here and graduate funding at UBC here.

How do I apply?

You can find more information about the application process here.

Can I apply to the graduate programs if I have not finished my studies yet?

If you are in the process of completing your bachelor’s degree, you can submit an application. You will need to provide proof of your bachelor’s degree prior to starting the graduate program and registering for classes.  The Program will use your grades to date to calculate your current GPA.

What are the important dates and deadlines I should know?


  • Applications will be released in September. We appreciate your patience during this time.

How do I know if I meet the academic requirements?

You can check if you meet the minimum academic requirements as a graduate applicant here:

Which faculties offer the Mastercard Foundation Scholarship?


  • 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 (MDS)

I am a current UBC student who needs funding, can I apply?

Unfortunately, applications for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program are only available for incoming new-to-UBC African scholars.

What is the English requirement?

English is the primary language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students are required to demonstrate a minimum level of English before they’re admitted.

There are nine ways to meet UBC’s minimum English Language Admission Standard for an undergraduate degree on the Vancouver campus. If you do not meet this requirement, you may be interested in one of our academic English development programs on UBC’s Vancouver campus.

I have applied but cannot pay the UBC application fee; how do I proceed?

Graduate: After we have received your entire application package, please email to see if you are eligible for a fee waiver. We will not provide you with this information until we have received your completed application package.

How much does the scholarship cover?

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program covers all expenses associated with UBC tuition, housing and food. Scholars also receive a stipend each month to support their lives in Vancouver.


Still have questions? Contact us!

If you have questions about UBC’s Mastercard Foundation Program, please email us.

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