African Leaders of Tomorrow

About the Scholarship

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.

The ALT Scholarship Program grants full scholarships based on merit to women and men from sub-Saharan Africa to pursue a Master’s degree in public administration, public policy or public finances in Canada.

Click here for a profile of African Leaders of Tomorrow Scholars.

We welcomed the 2019 cohort of ALT scholars in September.  Please note that there is no 2020 competition.  There will be no intake of ALT scholars in 2020.  Information about future opportunities through the ALT Scholarship Program will be posted on our website when available.

The ALT Scholarship has two components:

An academic component in which the scholars:

  • Complete a one to two year Master’s level program in public administration, public policy or public finance at a Canadian university

A professional development component in which the scholars:

  • Put together a comprehensive professional development plan;
  • Develop a case study focusing on their home country;
  • Are mentored by a Canadian expert;
  • Participate in webinars and networking events
Nicolas Zulu, African Leaders of Tomorrow (ALT) scholarNicolas Zulu, African Leaders of Tomorrow (ALT) scholar

ALT Scholar, Nicholas Zulu, interned at the Saskatchewan Health Quality Council (HQC), the agency responsible for the quality of healthcare in the province of Saskatchewan, to get a better sense of health services in the province and Canada in general. READ about his policy recommendations for Zambia and more broadly for Africa.

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This program is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada and the Mastercard Foundation.


The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) manages the ALT Scholarship Program in partnership with the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) and in collaboration with the African Association of Public Administration and Management (AAPAM) and the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA).

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