The Canadian government through Global Affairs Canada and The MasterCard Foundation has undertaken the financial support of the African Leaders of Tomorrow (ALT) Scholarship Program for students from sub-Saharan African countries. 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).
The African Leaders of Tomorrow scholarship program ccommemorates 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. It has two components: an academic component and a professional development component.
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;
- 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.
You are NOT eligible if:
- You are a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident or you have applied for permanent residency in Canada.
- You are already enrolled in a degree or any program of study at a Canadian university.
- You are currently employed by the Government of Canada.
Eligible candidates with complete files will be assessed against the following criteria by a national selection committee:
- Academic merit;
- Professional experience;
- Relevance and merit of the case study;
- Recommendation letters;
- Demonstrated leadership capacity; and
- Potential contribution to public administration and public policy upon the candidate’s return to his/her home country.
In awarding the scholarships, considerations will be given to gender equity and equitable representation from across sub-Saharan Africa
Citizens of sub-Saharan Africa
Eligible institutions in Canada
Fields of study
The ALT Scholarship Programme funds studies in a Master’s degree programme in public administration, public policy or public finance. There are no other eligible programs
Number of awards
The Programme funds studies for a maximum period of two years (24 months)
The ALT Scholarship is FULLY-funded. It includes Return airfare (at the beginning and at the end of the program), Tuition fees, Monthly living allowances and settling-in allowance, Fixed allowance to cover purchase of books and attend conferences in Canada, Health insurance coverage, and Fees for study permit
Method of Application
Eligible candidates must click here to complete the Preliminary Inquiry Questionnaire. You will need to provide information about your GPA from your undergraduate degree and any post-graduate programs (if applicable).
During the application process you select three choices of universities and programs. You should consult the admission requirements and the program description to ensure that it meets your interest and qualifications. At this time, you do not need to apply to the university separately.
It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information before you apply
Application Deadline: 13 October 2017
The selection process is between 16th October to 31st December, 2018
Open to International Applicants