University of Toronto MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program 2017/2018 for students from Sub-Saharan Africa to study in Canada (Fully Funded).

Application Deadline: December 10, 2016

Are you a student from Sub-Saharan Africa who has demonstrated academic talent and a personal commitment to giving back to your country, but you face significant economic barriers to higher education? If so, we invite you to apply to the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program.

If you are selected, you will receive a scholarship equivalent to the costs of attaining a Bachelor’s degree, including travel, tuition, textbooks, housing, food and living expenses. You will also receive financial, academic, social and post-graduation support which will enable you to gain the experiences and skills you need to succeed.

The University of Toronto and the MasterCard Foundation have partnered to offer the MasterCard Foundation African Scholars Program. The program provides full scholarship opportunities at the University of Toronto for economically disadvantaged youth who have excellent academic potential and a strong desire to create lasting development within their respective regions.


The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program is open to students who are residents and citizens of a Sub-Saharan Africa country. You must be a first-time applicant to the University of Toronto who has not yet begun university study elsewhere. If you are a transfer student, you are not eligible for the program.

In order to be eligible, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a resident and a graduating high school student of a country within Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Demonstrate financial need correspondent to that of the lowest two quintiles of your country
  • Have very strong academic results within your school system
  • Have a record of leadership and extracurricular involvement
  • Maintain a strong desire to return to Africa to assist and work towards enhanced regional socioeconomic development
  • Be graduating from a recognized secondary school, or have completed the necessary academic requirements
  • Fulfil the necessary English requirements (dependent on country)

Please note that both academic and English requirements differ based on the country and educational system you are coming from.


  • The scholarship will provide full expenses related to travel, tuition, books, food, housing, living expenses and any other program related expenses, for the duration of a four year undergraduate program.
  • Throughout the duration of the student’s undergraduate career, there will be a variety of academic and personal supports including mentoring and transition assistance programs. In addition, there will be internship, placement and travel opportunities included in the program.

How to apply

This scholarship opportunity is available for first-entry undergraduate programs in either the Faculty of Arts & Science or the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering at the St. George campus.

Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year are now open. The deadline to apply is Deadline to apply is December 10, 2016.

A completed application includes the following components:

  • A completed online application – all applicable sections must be filled out, including contact information, financial information, personal details and responses to essay questions.
  • Financial documents – upload a scanned copy of financial documentation.
  • Transcript – upload a scanned copy of your secondary school transcript and any other academic information.
  • Two references – provide the names and contact details of two individuals who will serve as your referees. We will contact your referees directly and ask them to submit their letter of reference through a secure website.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the  University of Toronto MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program 2017/2018


  1. Please can an average student apply for the scholarship program..i’m not too good in maths and science but i want to offer political science and communication studies

  2. I like to apply for my son but the application form is yet to be downloaded from the website. What can I do to get the application form.

  3. Please the referee should they possess any good financial background? Also is there any age limit for the applicants.

  4. Am a female Ugandan called Dorah,i need to apply for a degree in a social field with your University,how do i appy to the Universty of Toronto…plz reply

  5. I am a Tanzania, is there a master student scholarship in research and public policy or education management?, I am interested in those specific program at master level, kindly let me know please

  6. Hello,
    I hold a bachelor’s degree in communication studies. Kindly advise if there are sponsorship opportunities for me to do my Master’s degree in Business Communication.

    Best Regards

  7. Are there sponsorship opportunities for those that are holders of first degrees to do master’s degrees in Canada? Am a holder of a a Bsc Social Sciences degree from Zimbabwe

  8. I would be very grateful if you could grant me the opportunity to study in your university. I completed senior High school with passes in English, mathematics, science, physics, elective maths, biology and chemistry. I hope forward to hearing a reply

  9. Good evening I’m a Young cameronian i Have done my studies in high school in french wich type of english skills do i need to apply

  10. Good day please concerning the financial expenses in our household…
    Am i to input how much we spend daily,weekly or monthly
    Please need a reply ASAP
    Thanks so much

  11. Wonderful. Aeligible..ganda inquirying whether da current senior six who have just completed their exams and results will be out in January are eligible.

  12. Iam holding an advanced diploma in net twork Qtechnolog with grade of credit from Aptech Computer Education and strongly wish to upgrade this diploma to a Bscand iam sure that Iam fullfiling all the requirements you want .Blease don,t let me down, because Iam realy in need for that schoilarchip and my family hoping more than me .

  13. lm nick from Zimbabwe n i would like to if it is possible to apply without my advanced level certificate since the results are comin out in jan

  14. Hello, i filled the form but the academic information page keeps erasing anytime i save it. I tried emailing the address we were redirected to but it says it’s an invalid add.
    UT, pls o need your assistance. Thanks.

  15. Hello, am Bernard otoo, holds post graduate certificate in public administration and will like to pursue organizational development

  16. Great is your help to Africans. May God bless this foundation. I am interested by your program and would like to study in your University next year.please would you mind to help me to apply. Thanks

  17. Good morning, Please, I have completed my first degree in project management and very interested in pursuing my second degree. Please how will I apply?

  18. I am already a university student doing a programme I don’t like. The programme i had wanted, my parents could not afford it. Can I apply please?

  19. Comment:i would like to study in canada because was born with a soft heart and to help the poor who cannot pay expencive bills and sympathetically help my poor country
    also want to save lives

  20. Hello, I completed a University in Ghana few years ago. I will like to enquire whether there is scholarshipship for Masters Program .

    Thank you.

  21. I have just completed the application for the University of Toronto MasterCard Foundation Scholarship Program, but am unable to upload the necessary documentation. Please help me and let me know what to do.

  22. please am from Nigeria i had C6 in my physics and E8 in my English waec i don’t know if i will still be able to apply for the scholarship??? also i don’t have a passport and visa will it affect my registration if am offered application???


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