Partnering to Develop Transformative Leaders in Ethiopia

The University of Gondar (Ethiopia) and Queen’s University (Canada), supported by the Mastercard Foundation, have developed a 10-year partnership to advance inclusive higher education for young people with disabilities, develop new occupational therapy programs and advance research for inclusive education and community-based rehabilitation in Africa.

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In the News

3rd Cohort Induction Program for Mastercard Foundation Scholars ends in success

The Mastercard Foundation Scholar’s Program at the University of Gondar from the 19th through 20 October 2019 underwent an Induction ceremony for its newly admitted Scholars.

Mastercard Foundation Scholars Office at UoG gives British Council English Training to Staff Members

From October 7-11, 2019 the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Gondar will be training 22 of its staff members to prepare them for an upcoming British Council test in mid October.

Team members take part in an International Conference in Kigali that centers on OT

The 11th Occupational Therapy African Regional group congress took place in Kigali, Rwanda with the main theme, “Giving Meaning back to life; Occupational Therapy at the Center.”

Mastercard Foundations Scholars 2020 Recruitment in Progress

Currently the Scholars Program at the University of Gondar will be accepting new Scholars who will be future transformative leaders who will uplift their communities. Moreover, this year, for the first time, the Program seeks to enroll students from various East African nations.

The Second Summer Camp for Scholars Ends in Success

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Gondar organized the second summer camp for Scholars between July 13 and 27

Queens University held their first Mastercard Journal Club

Over the past year, Fellows assisted in developing the series by:  providing support in leadership as Student Co-Chairs, participating as speakers, engaging in the sessions, providing critical feedback as well as identifying topics and speakers of interest.

Queens University welcomes new cohort of Fellows

The Queen’s Mastercard Project Office warmly welcomed the 2019 Mastercard PhD Fellows on Monday May 6th, 2019.  

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at UoG organizes a Journal Club

As part of the first Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program journal club, PhD candidate Mulugeta Bayisa discussed the fluidity of disability with a presentation entitled "Rethinking disability."

2nd Cohort of PhD Fellows Depart for Queens University

The Mastercard Foundations Scholars Program is wrapping up its second year at the University of Gondar and is progressing in its overall aims. With two parts to the program being simultaneously running side by side the program is becoming efficient in catering and providing scholarship opportunities to talented but disadvantaged youth with disabilities and at the same time building the capacity of University of Gondar staff who will be pivotal in bringing a more inclusive curriculum to the university.

Scholarship Opportunities for East African Countries

Scholarship opportunities for East African Countries including South Sudan, Somalia, Djibouti and Eritrea (for migrants, in Ethiopia)

For More

The University of Gondar is providing scholarships for undergraduate and master’s degree programs for students with disabilities through the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program.

Queen's University is providing scholarships for The University of Gondar faculty to complete graduate programs at Queen's through the Mastercard Foundation.

The University of Gondar in Ethiopia (UoG) and Queen’s University in Canada (Queen’s) are soliciting proposals for collaborative research projects.

The University of Gondar is providing scholarships for the University of Gondar faculties and Ethiopian Students through the Mastercard Foundation and the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program.

About this Project

A view of the University of Gondar campus in Ethiopia

Our partnership, developed through the support of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, will provide 450 youth with a high-quality university education at the University of Gondar, and provide training and research opportunities for University of Gondar faculty at Queen’s University.

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Our Partners

University of Gondar

The University of Gondar

The University of Gondar is the oldest medical school in Ethiopia, with a focus on a team approach and community-based training for health professionals. The University offers 70 undergraduate and 90 post-graduate programs.

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Queen's University

Queen’s University

Queen’s is one of Canada’s leading universities, celebrating its 175th anniversary in 2016-17 and offering a full range of undergraduate and graduate programs. The university’s Faculty of Health Sciences includes a School of Rehabilitation Therapy, School of Nursing and a School of Medicine.

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Our Funder

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program

The Mastercard Foundation works with visionary organizations to provide greater access to education, skills training and financial services for people living in poverty, primarily in Africa. As one 
of the largest, independent foundations, its work is guided by its mission to advance learning and promote financial inclusion in order to alleviate poverty.

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