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African Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship for Sub-Saharan Africans

Applications are invited for African Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship Program to begin studies in Canada in September 2018. 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.

The African Leaders of Tomorrow (ALT) Scholarship Program commemorates the late Nelson Mandela’s commitment to social justice and equity. It supports young African professionals to become leaders in public policy and administration.

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The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) in collaboration with The Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) will implement the ALT Scholarship Program with the objective of contributing to a strong and effective public sector in sub-Saharan Africa.  Special consideration will be given to equitable representation across the continent and to the advancement of women leaders. This program is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), and The MasterCard Foundation.

The candidate should have a very good command over the English and French language.
Course Level: Scholarship is awarded for pursuing one to two year Master’s level program in public administration, public policy or public finance at a Canadian university.
Study Subject(s): Scholarship is available in the field of public administration, public policy or public finances.

Scholarship Provider: The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) in collaboration with The Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC)

Scholarship Award: African Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship includes

  • Return airfare (at the beginning and at the end of the program)
  • Tuition fees
  • Monthly living allowances and one-time installation allowance
  • Fixed allowance to cover the purchase of books and attend conferences in Canada
  • Health insurance coverage
  • Fees for a study permit

Scholarship can be taken in Canada

Eligibility: Candidates must meet all the eligibility requirements:

  • 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 an undergraduate university degree (4 years of university) with a minimum average of B (75%)
  • Have two to five years of work experience in the public sector, civil society sector or research and academic institutions in Africa
  • Be fluent in French or English
  • Meet all the academic requirements of the study program of choice
  • Eligibility restrictions
  • Candidates who have obtained Canadian citizenship, who are permanent residents or who have applied for permanent residency in Canada are not eligible.
  • Candidates who are already enrolled in a degree or any program of study at a Canadian university are not eligible.

Nationality: Applicants from sub-Saharan African countries (Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroun, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo (Brazzaville), Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe) are eligible to apply for this scholarship programme.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement: Student can consult the following Universities to identify the minimum academic requirements required from their country to be admitted into a Master’s degree program in Canada. (University of Ottawa, Carleton University, Concordia University, Dalhousie University, Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, University of Calgary, University of Winnipeg, University of Regina, University of Saskatchewan, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, University of Western Ontario and York University)

Test Requirement: No

English Language Requirement: The candidate should have a very good command over the English and French language.

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How to Apply: The 2018 Competition is now open. Deadline to apply is November 2nd, 2015 at 23:00 GMT. Candidates are required to communicate with us at alt-at-cbie.ca to find out if they meet the eligibility requirements, and to receive an access code and link to the online application form. Candidates are required to fill out an electronic application form and submit the following documents to be eligible:

  • A CV or resume
  • All official transcripts and diplomas for every university programs completed or in progress (with official translation if the transcripts are not in English or French)
  • An abstract for a case study
  • A 500 to a 750-word letter of intent to explain why they want to study in public administration and how they will use the training upon their return to their country.
  • Three reference letters (two academic and one professional). If the candidate is currently employed, one of the support letters should be from their employer.
  • A copy of their valid passport or a copy of the application form for a passport if the candidate does not have a valid passport
  • A copy of the result of the language test if the candidate has never studied in the language of instruction (TOEFL, Alliance française)
  • Please note that candidates cannot submit their files in between the competition, and that documents sent by email to alt-at-cbie.ca will not be accepted.

Application Deadline: Closed

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