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MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program 2018 for African Countries


Applications are officially invited for the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program 2018 in South Africa.  Only candidates from the Sub-Saharan African countries are eligible to apply.

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program is a 10-year, $500 million global initiative to educate and develop next generation leaders who will contribute to social and economic transformation. The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program (MCFSP) targets academically qualified, yet economically disadvantaged young people in South Africa, SADC and the rest of Africa, who will contribute to the transformation of the continent. Community service is a necessary component of the Program with all students giving back to disadvantaged communities.

The Program provides a comprehensive scholarship, mentoring and counseling, academic support and access to work readiness skills.


South Africa


  • Full tuition fees
  • Accommodation in a UP residence
  • Meals
  • Books and printed material
  • A modest monthly stipend
  • Medical aid (Ingwe only)
  • Travel costs (one return trip for the duration of the study period)
  • Cost of one visa application for the duration of the study period


  • Candidates should be citizens from Sub-Saharan African country.
  • Applicants should come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and demonstrate financial neediness.
  • Candidates should demonstrate leadership potential and ought to be involved in a giving back project eg. in a community, at school, church etc
  • Academic excellence is paramount and students have to maintain a high academic average at all times.
  • Candidates need to be first time applicants as first year students in the degree programme.
  • Scholarship are for those students who have applied for and been admitted to one of the following undergraduate/Master’s degree study programmes at the UniversityFaculty of EngineeringBEng (Industrial Engineering)
    BEng (Chemical Engineering)
    BEng (Civil Engineering)
    BEng (Electrical Engineering)
    BEng (Electronic Engineering)
    BEng (Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering)
    BEng (Mining Engineering)
    BEng (Computer Engineering)Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences

    BCom (Accounting Science)
    BCom (Financial Science)
    BCom (Economics)
    BCom (Informatics)
    BCom (Agribusiness Management)

    Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

    BScAgric (Food Science and Technology)
    BScAgric (Agricultural Economics/Agribusiness Management)
    BScAgric (Animal Science)
    BScAgric (Plant Pathology)
    BScAgric (Applied Plant and Soil Sciences)

Eligible Regions: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe


Step 1

Apply online at Alternatively, you can submit a hard copy of your application form. For more information, dial +27 (0)12 420 4297/6621 or send an email to for undergraduates and for postgraduates enquiries.

Step 2

After your application has been submitted, it will be evaluated by members of the relevant faculty. The faculty will inform you whether you have been admitted.

Step 3

Once you have been admitted, please contact to commence the process to apply for The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program immediately.

Step 4

Successful MasterCard Foundation Scholars should have a passport to enable them to apply for a visa promptly.

Step 5

Download the hard copy of the undergraduate or postgraduate application form below.

Step 6

Submit your MCFSP application from to for undergraduates and for postgraduates together with ALL supporting documents as stated on the first page of the application form

Application Deadline: September 15, 2017


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