The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program

Mastercard Scholar in Edinburgh

The Mastercard Foundation is an international non-governmental organization established by Mastercard in 2006. The foundation develops programs primarily in education, employment, and agriculture fields. The Scholars Program at the University of Edinburgh will provide postgraduate scholarships to students from Africa with great academic and leadership potential but few educational opportunities. The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program will cover the full tuition fees and expenses for accommodation and maintenance.

On top of financial support, Scholars will participate in activities as part of the wider Scholars Program at the University of Edinburgh including work-based placements, mentorship, and other activities during the academic year. Scholarships are available for the following postgraduate programs: MSc Africa and International Development, MSc Environment and Development, MSc Global Health Policy, MA Design for Change, MSc Sustainable Energy Systems, MSc Entrepreneurship and Innovation, MSc Finance, Technology and Policy, MSc Food Security, MSc Design Informatics.

The deadline is on 30 October 2020.


Main criteria

Applicants must have graduated no later than September 2020 and be a resident and citizen of a Sub-Saharan African country. Applicants must demonstrate a track record of leadership and service within their community and present economic circumstances which show they lack financial means to pursue higher education in their home country or elsewhere. Applicants should not have completed a postgraduate degree previously and should not be enrolled at a separate university while on a scholarship.

Find out more about the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program.

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