African Leaders of Tomorrow (ALT) Scholarship Program 2017 for Young African Professionals to study in Canada (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline: October 14th 2016

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

The ALT Scholarship Program grants full scholarships based on merit to women and men from sub-Saharan Africa to pursue a Master’s degree in public administration, public policy or public finances in Canada.

The ALT Scholarship Program has two components:

An academic component: the scholars 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 in which the scholars will:

  • Put together a comprehensive professional development plan;
  • Develop a case study focusing on their home country;
  • Be mentored by a Canadian expert;
  • Participate in webinars and networking events.

Eligibility Requirements:

The ALT Scholarship Program grants full scholarships based on merit to women and men from sub-Saharan Africa to pursue a Master’s degree in public administration, public policy or public finances in Canada.

You must meet ALL the requirements to be eligible:

  • 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 a university degree meeting the minimum academic requirements for admission into a Master’s degree in Canada (a minimum average of B [75%] – check equivalencies at bottom of this page);
  • Have a minimum of two years and a maximum of five years of full-time work experience in the public sector, civil society sector or a research institute in Africa;
  • Be fluent in  French or English;
  • Meet all the academic requirements of the study program of choice.

The ALT scholarship includes:

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

The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) manages the ALT Scholarship Program in partnership with the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) and in collaboration with the African Association of Public Administration and Management (AAPAM) and the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA).

Application Process

Applicants who receive an Access Code and Password for the online application form will be required to complete the online application form and upload the following documents to the form:

  • A CV or resume
  • All official transcripts and diplomas for every university program 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 you want to study in public administration and how you will use the training on return to your country
  • Three reference letters (two academic and one professional). If you are currently employed, one of the support letters should be from your employer
  • A copy of your valid passport or a copy of the application form for a passport if you do not have a valid passport along with a national identity card
  • Language test results if you have never studied in the language of instruction at the Canadian university where you want to study (English or French) (g. TOEFL, Alliance française)


Deadline to complete the Initial Questionnaire receive link to application form October 14th, 2016
Selection process October 14th to December 31st  , 2016
Pre-selected candidates notified by email January 2017
Admission to universities January to March 2017
Pre-departure process (visa, accommodation, pre-departure orientation) February to July 2017
All other candidates notified of results June 2017
Orientation session in Canada Mid- August 2017
Start of study programs End of August/beginning of September 2017

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the African Leaders of Tomorrow (ALT) Scholarship Program 2017


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  2. Very interesting program, one/or the best way to bring more change in Africa throughout the youth.
    I truly want to be an actor of bringing that change to Africa.

  3. A holder of a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Kampala International University- Uganda. Above all a Citizen in Uganda where a lot needs to be done in areas of Policy Management and Administration and thus a suitable candidate for the opportunity given my interest in bridging such gaps in my Country Uganda.

  4. The development of Africa has been a major concern in the mind of well meaning Africans, theories and laws that established the continents are more than archaic to the current economic and political needs. The giant step prepared to be taken by the government of South Africa will not only put her first but also register the country in the mind of African youth. I’m in for the program, African issue is a general one that require general attention.

  5. There is no better principle of liberty or self-actualization to the foremost realization of natural liberty of life, which was once given to Man in the inception of creation, (which was lost), than the sensitization and re-orientation of the precepts of liberty through education; i am keenly of the unbiased opinion that this is what this Foundation (African Leaders Tomorrow) is set to offer, and even, beyond the scope of my humble submission.

  6. Nice innovative bridging the gap between the poor and Good university, can I get scholarship i finish secondary school last year, from Africa Africa Africa


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