PhD Scholarship Opportunities for University of Gondar Faculty

Through the UoG/Queen’s/Mastercard Foundation 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

The successful PhD Fellow will receive the following funding package:

  • Original flight and airport transfer from Ethiopia to Canada to begin your studies, one round trip and airport transfer from Canada to Ethiopia for your dissertation data collection period, and a final flight from Canada to Ethiopia at the end of your MCF Fellow support.
  • Reimbursement for student visa-related
  • Full Queen’s tuition/fees
  • Student health insurance coverage
  • A laptop computer
  • An annual allotment for required printing, books, and supplies
  • An intensive, three-month English for Graduate School Preparation course, in summer before commencement of fall coursework
  • Modest, one-time installation allowance
  • Modest, one-time winter clothing allowance
  • Modest living allowance
Scholarship Eligibility

The Mastercard Foundation Project Office is invested in ensuring that Fellows with disabilities or limitations are well supported with the necessary academic accommodations/ assistive aids to support their success in their studies. Applicants will have the opportunity to disclose.

  • 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/Queen’s admission.
  • Applicants must have a Queen’s University faculty member supervisor who is willing to take supervisor responsibility for the Scholar/Fellow. The project will provide applicants with information regarding Queen’s faculty willing to supervise and provide linkages between the applicants and Queen’s faculty.
  • Through their personal statements and letters of recommendation, applicants must demonstrate leadership capacity and a commitment to improving the Scholar experience at UoG during their 2- year research period in Ethiopia and upon completion of their PhD.
  • Applicants must agree to return to Ethiopia and provide service to UoG for a minimum of eight years after receipt of their PhD. They must sign a contract with UoG to this effect as part of their acceptance of the award
  • Applicants must be proficient in English.
  • Applicants must reside in Canada until successful completion of comprehensive exams (approx. 1.5 years), reside in Ethiopia for data collection and writing (approx. 2 years), and reside in Canada for finalization of the dissertation and preparation for the defense (approx. 5 years). The applicant must be prepared to defend their dissertation in Canada. Applicants must commit to their studies on a full-time basis, and participate in a learning community for the duration of their studies
  • Applicants must complete a PhD dissertation on a topic related to disability and inclusion in Ethiopia (or more broadly Africa).
  • Applicants must be in good academic standing (minimum B- in all courses) in order for the award to be renewed the following year.
  • Applicants must have their home department’s support for them to pursue this opportunity. Support must be provided in an official departmental letter at the time of application.
  • Applicants are expected to attend a 12 week Academic English training program at Queens University in the summer of 2022 before entering the PhD program.
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 at UoG, Dr. Adugna Abebe Within this application package, applicants must include:

  • 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:
  • 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 CBR, motivations for pursuing a PhD program, key topics of interest, 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 Mastercard Foundation Scholar experience at the UoG.
  • Any other documents as required by the individual department at Queen’s
How To Apply

The Mastercard Foundation Project (MCF) Office will circulate a call for applicants at the University of Gondar in May of each year of the program.  The Faculty Development Coordinator will notify all applicants of their status and ask successful candidates to provide written acceptance of the scholarship expectations and that they will proceed with through the Queen’s selection process. All applicants will then receive a Queen’s School of Graduate studies application package for completion.

The School of Graduate Studies as well as the relevant academic program committee at the specific department of application at Queen’s will review the applicants’ 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 Scholars office so that they may begin logistical arrangements and coordination of the final approval and four-year leave permission from UoG.

The individual candidates will be responsible for arranging their own housing in Canada, applying for a student visa with the Canadian embassy in Addis Ababa. Candidates are expected to arrive in Kingston, Ontario, Canada by May 1st of the year of study to begin advanced English training.

  • June 1, 2021 or earlier – Request for applications sent out to departments
  • August 30, 2021 – Deadline for submission of nomination packages
  • September 14, 2021 – UoG Nominating Committee to select 10 top candidates and 5 waitlisted candidates
  • September 30, 2021 – Deadline for selected Fellows to provide written confirmation of participation in program and start connecting with interested Queen’s supervisors
  • November 30, 2021 – Deadline for nominated Fellows to submit complete application to Queen’s Mastercard Foundation teams
  • December 3, 2021 – Queen’s Mastercard Foundation team hands over applications to School of Graduate Studies
  • Feb 1, 2022 – Deadline for review of applications at Queen’s (tentative)
  • March 4, 2022- Fellows receive official letter of acceptance and begin visa processes
  • End of April – May 1, 2022- Fellows travel to Kingston to begin English language training

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