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The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program provides academically talented young leaders from low-income backgrounds with access to a world-class university education. In all, The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at McGill will welcome 91 Scholars from Sub-Saharan Africa, including 24 at the Master’s level. Unique to McGill, some Scholars are from French-speaking countries and receive intensive English language training before starting their degree programs.

A central goal of The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program is to create a globally educated and highly qualified group of future leaders, who, upon graduation, can return to Africa to help foster the region’s development. Toward these ends, McGill complements Scholars’ education with a comprehensive support system that includes mentorship, tailored support services, community service opportunities and sustained programming relevant to their personal development. Scholars also receive guidance and funding for two internships in their home countries during their studies. These internships aim to sustain the Scholars’ connection with their home countries and build a path toward meaningful employment post-graduation.

If you are ready to apply for Undergraduate Studies, please follow the steps below and ensure that you have fulfilled all of the requirements detailed in the checklist.

Please note that this will be the FINAL incoming class of undergraduate students accepted to McGill through the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program. 





Applying to the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at McGill University
To apply for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars program at McGill University, you must FIRST submit an online application for admission to McGill University. The online application can be found at:

Applicants to the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at McGill are exempt from paying the $107.50 application fee, and must follow the special procedures. The following document should be read in its entirety before beginning the online application as it include all specific instructions to apply to McGill as a prospective Mastercard Foundation Scholar:
File Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program – How to ApplyPDF icon PDF Version – How to Apply

The deadline for your application for admission to McGill University is December 10th, 2017 and all supporting documents must be received by January 10th, 2018 

Please note that the following programs are not eligible for funding from the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program:

  • Dentistry,
  • Medicine,
  • Law,
  • Theology,
  • Farm Management,
  • Physical and Occupational Therapy,
  • Music, and
  • Programs from the School of Continuing Studies.


Additional Documents Required for Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Application
Follow the steps as listed in the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program – How to Apply. The supporting documents for your MCF application (below), must all be completed and uploaded to McGill’s online portal, Minerva to be included with your application.

File Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program – Application Form
PDF icon PDF Version – Application Form

File Validation of Financial Status Form
PDF icon PDF Version – Validation of Financial Status Form

File Recommendation Form
PDF icon PDF Version – Recommendation Form

To be emailed to NOT uploaded to Minerva
File Identification Form
PDF icon PDF Version – Identification Form
STEP 3 Checklist of Documents and Forms for your Application
If you have completed your application, you should be able to answer YES to all of the following statements:

  • I have completed all fields in McGill’s online application.
  • I have saved my 16-digit Order Number.
  • I have sent an email to with my Order Number in the subject line and my Identification Form as an attachment.
    Please allow for 10 business days to receive a confirmation email to the address indicated on your application 
  • I have uploaded ALL of my supporting documents into Minerva (both academic and for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program):
    • All of my high school transcripts covering the last three years of study and all my external exam results (if applicable). These documents are all submitted together as one pdf file;
    • A summary of my full-time activities since high school graduation (if applicable);
    • Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program – Application Form;
    • Validation of Financial Status Form; and
    • Recommendation Form

If you have questions about the application process please contact

Click here to apply.

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