frequently asked questions

Eligibility and Applying

Who can apply?

Information about eligibility requirements is available here.

When is the deadline to apply?

The deadline for the current application cycle is posted here.

How do I apply?

Complete application instructions will be available here in September. If you can't find the information you need on this website, or would like further guidance, contact us and we'll be happy to help you.

How to contact a potential McGill nominator?

The following link might help to contact the department: https://www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/programs

What to include in email when contacting a potential nominator?

It is your opportunity to demonstrate that you could be a good fit for the program. Ideally attach your transcripts, CV, and a short personal statement.

Mastercard Foundation and the Scholars Program

What is the Mastercard Foundation

The Mastercard Foundation, a collaborative, global network of education institutions and non-profit organizations are ensuring that academically talented, yet economically disadvantaged young people are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to contribute to economic growth and social development in their communities. The Program has a particular focus on Africa. Africa is the youngest continent. 62 percent of its population is under 25, and more than 2.2 million youth are expected to enter the labor force between 2011 and 2015. Secondary and tertiary enrollment rates in Sub-Saharan Africa are the lowest in the world. It is evident that the future of Africa will be shaped by its young people.

More information is available on the Mastercard Foundation website.

What is the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program?

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program is a 10-year global initiative to educate and develop next-generation leaders who will contribute to social and economic progress. The Program enables young people from economically disadvantaged communities to complete quality secondary and tertiary education, and make successful transitions to further education or to the workforce in their home countries. Through comprehensive support, Scholars receive learning opportunities that equip them with knowledge, skills, and values needed to succeed in the economy, and make positive impacts in their communities.

More information is available here, and on the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program website.