Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program

Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Toronto is a fully-funded scholarship awarded to students from Sub-Saharan Africa who demonstrate academic talent, a personal commitment to giving back to their home countries, and face significant economic barriers to higher education.

Please note that we will not be acepting applications for the 2018-2019 academic year.

For general information about the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, please visit the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program website. 


How it works The Program provides full scholarships to U of T for talented yet financially disadvantaged students
Contact us Contacts and questions
Additional information About U of T, New College, Woodsworth College, and Mastercard Foundation

How it works

The University of Toronto and The MasterCard Foundation are pleased to offer The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Toronto. This comprehensive scholarship provides talented yet financially disadvantaged students from Sub-Saharan Africa with access to relevant university education. The Program aims to educate and enable students to contribute to the economic growth and social development of their countries of origin.

If you are selected for the program, the scholarship will provide you with full financial assistance for tuition, travel expenses (including obtaining a passport), housing, food, books and other expenses for the duration of a four-year undergraduate degree.


Academic programs

The Program supports four-year programs in the Faculty of Arts & Science and the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering for students from Sub-Saharan Africa. It is not available for graduate programs at U of T. For a list of the programs of study available to choose from, please visit the Faculty of Arts & Science’s Prospective Students website and the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering’s Discover Engineering website.



The program includes two unpaid internships. The first will take place in the Toronto area for three months during your second summer to provide local practical work experience and skills. The second internship will take place in Africa during your third summer.

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact us:


Phone: +1 416-946-5269

Additional information

About the University of Toronto

Established in 1827, the University of Toronto has one of the strongest research and teaching faculties in North America and consistently ranks among the top universities in the world. U of T attracts top faculty and students, providing an intellectual environment that is unmatched in depth and breadth by any other Canadian campus.

To learn more about U of T, visit the Future U of T website.


About New College

Founded in 1962, New College offers students an intimate experience through personalized attention and a wealth of innovative, interdisciplinary academic programs including African Studies. New College is a community which supports equity, diversity and social justice.

For more information, please visit the New College website.


About Woodsworth College

Woodsworth College is a thriving community, providing an excellent educational experience for all of its students. The College supports a culture of learning and leadership that encourages academic and co-curricular success through academic and financial advising and support, as well as active participation in University and community life. Students also have access to a dedicated learning strategist and writing centre with experienced staff who provide writing and other academic support.  

For more information, please visit the Woodsworth College website.


About Mastercard Foundation

Mastercard Foundation is a private foundation based in Toronto, Canada with a vision to create the opportunity for all to learn and prosper. In collaboration with a global network of educational institutions and non-governmental organizations, the Foundation promotes financial inclusion and prosperity for people living in poverty. The Foundation believes the future of Africa will be shaped by its young people, including those with academic talent and a commitment to giving back to their countries, but who are economically disadvantaged and face barriers in accessing quality, relevant education.
Please visit the Mastercard Foundation website for more information.