The MasterCard Foundation at Queen’s University
Scholarship Opportunity for University of Gondar Faculty Members

Through the UoG/Queen’s/Mastercard Project, Queen’s University is offering an opportunity for 44 exceptional faculty leaders from the University of Gondar (UoG) to complete a PhD at Queen’s in a range of disciplines, including but not limited to Rehabilitation Science, Nursing, Law, Engineering, Education, or Epidemiology, with a research dissertation focused on inclusive education, community-based rehabilitation, or other relevant issues facing people with disabilities and their families in Ethiopia or the continent of Africa.

Scholarship Details
Scholarship eligibility
Eligibility requirements for Queen’s School of Graduate Studies
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Scholarship DETAILS

Successful scholars will receive the following funding package:

  • Two round trip, return flights and airport transfers from Gondar to Kingston, Ontario, Canada
  • Assistance with student visa-related costs
  • Full Queen’s tuition/fees
  • Student health insurance coverage
  • A laptop computer
  • Work space at Queen’s
  • An annual allotment for printing, books, and supplies
  • An intensive, three-month English for Graduate School Preparation course, in summer 2018 (before the commencement of fall 2018 graduate courses)
  • A modest, one-time installation allowance and winter clothing allowance
  • A modest living allowance
Scholarship Eligibility
  • Applicants must have a high level of academic ability to meet Queen’s guidelines for eligibility to pursue a PhD in their targeted department. It is the responsibility of the applicant to research the specific application criteria posted online for their targeted department.
  • Applicants must have a Queen’s University faculty member supervisor who is willing to take supervisory responsibility for the Scholar. The Project will provide linkages between students and faculty in the final round of the selection process.
  • Through personal statements and letters of recommendation, applicants must demonstrate leadership capacity and a commitment to improving the learning experience at UoG, as well as a commitment to community development, inclusion, community-based rehabilitation and disability rights.
  • Applicants must sign an agreement to provide four (4) years of active service to the UoG following the completion of the PhD.
  • Applicants must be proficient in English (see for specific English language requirements, including minimum test scores).
  • Applicants must reside in Canada until the successful completion of comprehensive exams (approx. 1 year), and reside in Ethiopia in years 2-4 for data collection and writing, and finalization of the dissertation and preparation for defense. Applicants must agree to commit to their studies on a full-time basis, and participate in a learning community for the duration of their studies.
  • Applicants must be in good academic standing (minimum B- in all courses) in each year in order for the award to be renewed for the following year.
Eligibility requirements for admission to Queen’s School of Graduate studies

All applicants nominated by UoG will receive a hard copy application package from Queen’s that they will need to fill out and return to the Faculty Development Coordinator. Applicants must provide the following to Queen’s School of Graduate Studies:

  • A completed application form.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from professors under whom the applicant has studied (note: letters must use the form provided in the application package).
  • Two (2) official transcripts from each university previously attended. If the degree is not complete at the time of application, an official interim transcript should be provided with the final transcript forwarded as soon as it is available. Transcripts must demonstrate upper second-class standing (B+) in a Master’s degree.
  • Proof of acceptable competency in English. Specific tests accepted and minimum test scores can be found at the following website:
  • A professional Curriculum Vitae with a list of community engagement and volunteer activities, as well as all previous academic awards and publications, including abstracts and full papers.
  • A letter of intent, no longer than 3 single-spaced pages, describing the applicant’s personal and professional background, previous and current involvement in disability and community-based rehabilitation, motivations for pursuing a PhD program, key topics of interest and potential Queen’s faculty supervisors, a potential dissertation subject, and post-PhD plans. In this letter, applicants should also specifically outline how their achievement of a PhD from Queen’s will contribute to improving the MCF Scholar experience at the UoG.
  • Any other documents as required by the individual department at Queen’s.


The Mastercard Foundation Project (MCF) Office will circulate a call for applications to targeted departments at the UoG in May of each year of the program.  The Faculty Development Coordinator will provide information sessions and support to departments and interested applicants. Interested faculty applicants must forward their completed application package to the MCF Project office by the end of July for review and evaluation by the UoG Nominating Committee.

The Faculty Development Coordinator will notify all applicants of their status and ask successful candidates to provide written acceptance that they will proceed through the Queen’s selection process, and to identify three Queen’s faculty members as potential supervisors. All applicants will then receive a Queen’s application page that must be completed as noted above.

The School of Graduate Studies, as well as the relevant academic program committee at the specific department of application at Queen’s, will review each applicant’s full application packages and make a final recommendation for acceptance into the program. Individual applicants will receive notification of acceptance or rejection directly from Queen’s University. Upon official notification, the successful applicant must inform the Mastercard Foundation Project office so that they may begin logistical arrangements and coordination of the final approval and four-year leave permission from UoG.

Candidates are responsible for arranging their own housing in Canada and applying for a student visa with the Canadian embassy in Addis Ababa. Candidates are expected to arrive in Canada in May of the year of study to begin advanced English training.


May 1, 2017: request for applications sent to UofG departments
July 31, 2017: deadline for departments to submit candidate rankings
August 15, 2017: Selection of top candidates and waitlisted candidates
August 31, 2017: deadline for candidates to confirm participation in program and identify three preferred supervisors
October/November 2017: targeted English training as required
December 31, 2017: deadline to submit complete application to Queen’s School of Graduate Studies
February 1, 2018: deadline for review of applications at Queen’s
May 15, 2018: Students arrive in Kingston to begin English language training

Further Information

Questions? Contact the MCF Project Office.

Learn more about the UoG/Queen’s/Mastercard Project
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Learn more about Queen’s School of Graduate Studies
Learn more about the PhD in Rehabilitation Science Program