New Scholarships to Honour Nelson Mandela

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By A Correspondent

Canada recognizes the importance of a strong and effective public sector in advancing sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction. To this end, on December 11, 2013, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced, in honour of Nelson Mandela, announced support for several new scholarships that will allow gifted Canadian students as well as early career public sector professionals from Africa to pursue further studies in Canada.

There is support of up to $5 million over five years (2013/14-2018/19), through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD). The MasterCard Foundation, which supports activities in Africa’s education sector, has partnered with the Government of Canada and will match its contribution.  

“Nelson Mandela believed that education, more than anything else, improved the chances of leading a better life,” said the Prime Minister.  “I am very proud that our Government is supporting scholarships that will help early career public sector professionals from Africa gain the knowledge they need to help advance economic and social development in their countries.  In addition, it is equally gratifying that gifted Canadian students will benefit from new scholarships that will allow them to study national unity, democracy, freedom and human rights – goals that the great South African leader championed so tirelessly during his remarkable life.”

The African Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarships Fund, created in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation, will help early career public sector professionals in Africa gain knowledge and learn best practices in governance, public policy and administration, helping them to become effective leaders, as well as positioning them to enhance prosperity and reduce poverty on the continent. The merit-based program will consider candidates from across Africa for study in Canada for one to two years, with special consideration given to female students to encourage the advancement of women leaders in Africa. The Fund will be administered and implemented by a Canadian organization, which will be selected in the coming months through a competitive selection process.  Details of the program will also be defined in the coming months.

Candidates will be selected to pursue studies in Canada in French or English at the master’s degree level or equivalent in the areas of public policy and public administration. They will be selected based on criteria that include, but are not limited to, their undergraduate degree, relevant work experience, and the case made by the applicant for the proposed program of study. Candidates will be required to present their case for their area of study and demonstrate that they will contribute to shaping Africa’s future through public service.

The Canada Graduate Scholarships will be administered and implemented by a Canadian organization, which will be selected in the coming months through a competitive selection process. Details of the program will also be defined in the coming months.  

The Scholarship will be open to Canadians pursuing master’s or doctoral-level degrees in the fields of social sciences and humanities at Canadian universities, and whose research will be focused on at least one of four themes: national unity; democracy, freedom and human rights; leadership; and children’s participation in society. A total of up to 20 scholarships will be awarded as part of the annual Canada Graduate Scholarship competition.  Up to 10 master’s scholarships and up to 10 doctoral scholarships will be awarded for the first time in 2015, following the 2014 competition.

Students from Africa are also eligible for other graduate-level scholarships offered by the Government of Canada, including the Canadian Francophonie Scholarship Program, the Banting Postdoctoral Scholarships and the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships.

The MasterCard Foundation is an independent, global organization based in Toronto. Through collaboration with partner organizations in 46 countries, it is creating opportunities for all people to learn and prosper. The Foundation’s programs promote financial inclusion and advance youth learning, mostly in Africa.

Nelson Mandela passed away in Johannesburg, South Africa, on December 5, 2013, at the age of 95.

JULY 2017

Vol. 11 - No. 12










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