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The Canadian Bureau For International Education African Leaders Of Tomorrow Scholarships

About the Scholarship

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.

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 ALT Scholarship has two components

 An academic component in which the scholars will:
  • Complete a one to two year Master’s level program in public administration, public policy or public finance at a Canadian university
 A professional development component in which the scholars will:
  • Put together a comprehensive professional development plan;
  • Develop a case study focusing on their home country;
  • Be mentored by a Canadian expert;
  • Participate in webinars and networking events
The ALT Scholarship 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
  • Fees for study permit

Study Programs

The ALT Scholarship Program funds studies in a Master’s degree program in public administration, public policy or public finance for a maximum period of two years (24 months). There are no other eligible programs.

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.

List of eligible programs


University Program Duration
Brock University MA in political science, Specialization in Public Policy 1 year
Carleton University MA in Public Administration 2 years
Concordia University MA in Public Policy and Public Administration 2 years
Dalhousie University Master of Public Administration 2 years
Memorial University MA in Environmental Policy 1-2 years
McMaster University M.A. in Economic Policy
M.Eng. in Engineering and Public Policy
1 year
1 year
McMaster University and University of Guelph (joint program) Collaborative program in public policy and administration 1 year
Queen’s University Master of Public Administration (MPA) 1 year
Ryerson University MA in Public Policy and Administration 1 – 2  years
Simon Fraser University Master of Public Policy 2 years
University of British Columbia Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs 2 years
University of Calgary Master of Public Policy 1 year
University of Manitoba and University of Winnipeg – Joint program Master of Public Administration 1-2 years
University of Ottawa MA in Public Administration (knowledge of French required) 2 years
University of Regina and University of Saskatchewan Master of Public Administration 16 months
University of Toronto Master of Public Policy 2 years
University of Victoria Master of Public Administration 2 years
University of Waterloo Master of Public Service (MPS) 2 years
Western University Master of Public Administration 1 year
Wilfrid Laurier University Master of International Public Policy 1 year
York University Maîtrise bilingue (fr/eng) en affaires publiques et internationales (MAPI) / Master of Public and International Affairs 2 years

Eligibility & Selection Criteria’

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 (a minimum average of B [75%]
  • 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;
  • Meet the language requirements in French and/or English at the university where you will study;
  • Meet all the academic and admission 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

Application Process

Applicants who receive an Access Code and Password for the online application form will be required to complete the online application form and upload the following documents to the form:

  • A CV or resume
  • All official transcripts and diplomas for every university program 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 750 word letter of intent to explain why you want to study in public administration and how you will use the training on return to your country
  • Three reference letters (two academic and one professional). If you are currently employed, one of the support letters should be from your employer
  • A copy of your valid passport or a copy of the application form for a passport if you do not have a valid passport along with a national identity card
  • Language test results if you have never studied in the language of instruction at the Canadian university where you want to study (English or French) (g. TOEFL, Alliance française)

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