2016 African Leaders of Tomorrow (ALT) Scholarship Program for study in Canada (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline: November 2nd 2015

The African Leaders of Tomorrow (ALT) Scholarship Program commemorates the late Nelson Mandela’s commitment to social justice and equity by supporting young African professionals to become leaders in public policy and administration.

The ALT Scholarship Program will grant scholarships to young African women and men to pursue a Master’s degree in public administration, public policy or public finances. Scholarships will be awarded based on merit to young professionals from sub-Saharan AfricaThe Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) in collaboration with The Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) will implement the ALT Scholarship Program with the objective of contributing to a strong and effective public sector in sub-Saharan Africa.  Special consideration will be given to equitable representation across the continent and to the advancement of women leaders.

This program is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), and The MasterCard Foundation.

The ALT Scholarship Program has two components:

  • An academic component where the recipient of the scholarship will complete a one to two year Master’s level program in public administration, public policy or public finance at a Canadian university;
  • A professional development component where the recipient of the scholarship will complete a comprehensive professional development plan which will include the development of a case study focusing on their home country, as well as exposure to Canadian knowledge, innovation and best practices in public administration and policy through mentoring, webinars and networking events.

Eligibility Requirements:

Candidates must meet all the eligibility requirements:

  • Be a citizen and resident of sub-Saharan Africa
  • Be between 22 and 35 years old (at the beginning of the study program)
  • Have completed an undergraduate university degree (4 years of university) with a minimum average of B (75%)
  • Have two to five years of work experience in the public sector, civil society sector or research and academic institutions in Africa
  • Be fluent in  French or English
  • Meet all the academic requirements of the study program of choice

Eligibility restrictions 

  • Candidates who have obtained Canadian citizenship, who are permanent residents or who have applied for permanent residency in Canada are not eligible.
  • Candidates who are already enrolled in a degree or any program of study at a Canadian university are not eligible.

Scholarship Worth:

The ALT scholarship includes:

  • Return airfare (at the beginning and at the end of the program)
  • Tuition fees
  • Monthly living allowances and one time installation allowance
  • Fixed allowance to cover purchase of books and attend conferences in Canada
  • Health insurance coverage
  • Fees for study permit

Application Process:

Candidates are required to fill out an electronic application form and submit the following documents to be eligible:

  • A CV or resume
  • All official transcripts and diplomas for every university programs completed or in progress (with official translation if the transcripts are not in English or French)
  • An abstract for a case study
  • A 500 to 750 word letter of intent to explain why they want to study in public administration and how they will use the training upon their return to their country.
  • Three reference letters (two academic and one professional). If the candidate is currently employed, one of the support letters should be from their employer.
  • A copy or their valid passport or a copy of the application form for a passport if the candidate does not have a valid passport
  • A copy of the result of the language test if the candidate has never studied in the language of instruction (TOEFL, Alliance française)

Please note that candidates cannot submit their files in between competition, and that documents sent by email to [email protected] will not be accepted.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2016 African Leaders of Tomorrow (ALT) Scholarship Program for study in Canada


  1. I have a Higher National Diploma(HND) in Marketing from Takoradi Polytechnic in Ghana, can l also apply for this scholarship to do a degree programme?

  2. I have a B.Sc in Accounting from Ibrahim Badamasi Babagida University in Nigeria, with Second Class Upper Division. Can i also apply for this scholarship to do a Master degree programme? Thank You.

  3. Dear Sir/Madam
    I am interested in taking advantage of this scholarship program to Canada. I have obtained my first degree and wish to apply for Masters in Public Administration. I hail from Liberia west Africa.

  4. I hold an undergraduate degree in Business Administration, with emphasis in Management. This will be a huge turn around for me to follow up my career…..
    Lets make use of this opportunity fellow friends…

  5. Hi Sir/Madam I hold a B.Sc. In Horticulture with a second class second division from the University of Swaziland. Can I apply for this scholarship?

  6. Hello Sir/Madame, I sincerely Appreciate all the effort you are making to see us the young African Experiance the best of Education intend for development but i’m a holder of Bachelor of Technology in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Buea, Cameroon. I will be greatful to get your feed back. Thanks

  7. hello Sir/madam
    i have diploma in natural science / chemistry, i really need to change it to Busy administration.
    if you would mine to allow me to be one of your selected students for the scholarship i would really appreciate it . am from South Sudan and thanks

  8. Bonjour madame/monsieur

    il ny’a pas de lien conduisant a la fiche a remplir sus mentionée .
    et ladresse ou les dossiers devront etre deposés merci d’avance.

  9. Hello officers,
    I have first degree in sociology from Addis Ababa university Ethiopia, now working on community service so, how can to apply for masters degree in any leadership related education program?

  10. To whom it may be concerned,
    I do stand in need of fulfulling my academic carrier through The ALT program 2016 to study in Canada. In fact, I hold a BA in MARIEN NGOUABI UNIVERSITY (the republic of Congo), I don’t know whether I meet the eligibility requirements or not. If yes, I will be pleased to have furhter information and the application file.

  11. Comment: to whom it may concern
    I am a University of Zimbabwe graduate with an upper second class BSc Honors degree in Political Science.I wish to take advantage of this opportunity but I am not accessing the electronic application form.
    your assistance is greatly appreciated

  12. Pls I am from Nigeria and I already have bsc in public administration, I will like to take mup this opportunity, butni can not find any link on how to apply and send those documents requested.please I will be most grateful mif my request mis granted.thanks.

  13. i hold a first degree in natural resource and an HND in agricultural engineering .i wish to be given the chanceto do my masters

  14. Dear,
    I wish to take this chance to further my education in Public Administration please, ll be happy if a chamnce is given to me. love from Cameroon.Peace

  15. Dear,
    I am from Eritrea,I have B.A in Economics and i would like to apply in Public Administration,so please can you support to me how can i get the electronic application process?
    thank you in Advance!!!

  16. I’m yet to hear from this program since my application; could you please update me? I’m writing from Liberia.

  17. Please I need your help. I wish to know when the result for the African leaders of tomorrow will be released. thanks

  18. please i need ur help.i have a degree in management, i am a cameroonian, i wilsh to to master in project management/ i need the admittion procedure.

  19. Dear sir/Madam
    I’m from Ethiopia and i hold my fist degree from Mada wolabu univerisity/ one of government university in Ethiopia/ by Economics with a point 3.31 out of 4 and I wish to do my master by monitory economics with this opportunity but I haven’t access to electronic application and ask your support . thank you in advance for you support

  20. salut j’aimerais savoir si vous ne jogez pas de deux ans d’expérience mais l’on dispopse de la licence en droit est il possible de souscrire à cette bourse ? y-a t’il une date de limite pour les dépôt des dossiers?


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