African Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship Program (ALT)

The ALT scholarship grants scholarships to young Africans to pursue a Master’s degree in public administration, public finance or public policy at a university in Canada. The scholarship was created in honour of late Nelson Mandela of South Africa and is jointly funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development and The MasterCard Foundation.

Level: Postgraduate Institution(s): Participating Universities
Location: Canada Field(s): public administration, public policy or public finance
Target: Africans Deadline(s): 2 November

It is awarded based on merit to young professionals from sub-Saharan Africa and is implemented with the aim of contributing to a strong and effective public sector in sub-Saharan Africa.  The scholarship covers return airfare (at the beginning and at the end of the program), tuition fees, health insurance coverage, fees for study permit, monthly living allowances, other one time allowances and fixed allowance for books and attending conferences in Canada.

There are two components to the ALT Scholarship Program: an academic component and a professional development component. While the academic component offers the recipient a scholarship to complete a one to two year Master’s level program in public administration, public policy or public finance at a Canadian university, the professional development component offers a comprehensive professional development plan which will include mentoring, webinars and networking events and the development of a case study focusing on the recipient’s home country.


To be considered for the award, candidates must:

  • NOT be Canadian citizens or permanent residents in Canada.
  • NOT have already enrolled in a degree or any program of study at a Canadian university.
  • Be a citizen and resident of sub-Saharan Africa
  • Be aged 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

How to Apply to the Scholarship:

Candidates MUST fill out an electronic application form and submit the following documents:

  • A CV or resume
  • All official transcripts and diplomas for every university programs completed or in progress
  • An abstract for a case study
  • A 500 to 750 word letter of intent.
  • 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 or their 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)

Candidates will be required to select three choices of university and programs. We advise that you research the university and programs eligible before applying. This can be found in the link at the bottom of this article.

Please visit the official website found at the bottom of this article to access the application form and for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

Official Website

Eligible courses

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