Fully funded African Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship for Sub-Saharan Africans in Canada, 2018


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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  • 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


  • 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%] – check equivalencies on the right handside of this page);

  • 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;


Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo (Brazzaville), Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, 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 Tomé-et-Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Important Dates

SEPT 7, 2017

  • Launch of 2018 Competition

OCT 13, 2017

  • Deadline to complete Preliminary Questionnaire

OCT 16 – DEC 31 2017

  • Selection process

JAN – FEB 9, 2018

  • Pre-selected candidates notified by email

JAN – MARCH, 2018