Makerere University Full Mastercard Scholarships

Makerere University in partnership with MasterCard Foundation offers scholarships to 1,000 academically bright but economically disadvantaged youth from Africa to study at Makerere University from 2013 to 2023.
This is a project worth US $ 20,989,965.15 implemented at Makerere University with the aim of developing the next generation of African Leaders and also to promote the strategic objectives of Makerere University and MasterCard Foundation in contributing to Africa’s higher education sector and development.
The project is implemented under the leadership of the Makerere University Gender Mainstreaming Directorate.

Brief Description

Makerere University, is Uganda’s largest and third-oldest institution of higher learning. Today, Makerere University is composed of 9 Colleges and one school offering programmes for about 36,000 undergraduates and 4,000 postgraduates.
Level/Field of study:

The scholarships are available for pursuing the undergraduate and postgraduate programme in the field of


Host Nationality:

The scholarship is hosted by the Makerere University, Uganda

Eligible Nationality:

Scholarship is open to students from Uganda and Sub-Saharan Africa countries.

Scholarship Benefits:

The Program offers comprehensive student support, that include;

  1. Tuition and Functional fees
  2.  Accommodation, Feeding and stipend
  3. Laptop, books and other learning materials
  4. Transport to and from home
  5. Medical insurance
  6. Psychosocial support and mentoring of scholars
  7. Capacity building program for life skills development in ICT, Leadership, Gender, Human Rights, Communication, Entrepreneurship and Financial Literacy.

Scholarship Number:

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars at Makerere University will have six cohorts of Scholars with the first cohort of 50 Scholars.


The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for the scholarship:

  1. Both female and male students who are qualified for first year undergraduate admission to Makerere University.
  2. Economically disadvantaged students from African Countries.
  3. Academic Excellence, with more points scored for students admitted for science disciplines
  4. A person with leadership experience or potential.
  5. Demonstrate Commitment to give back to the community.
  6. A person who is admitted on the basis of Uganda Certificate of Education results or its equivalent.

Application Procedure:

Download Program Brochure – MCF Brochure
How do I get more information?

Application Deadline:

This scholarship is open to every academic year.

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