MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program for African Countries

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Applications are officially invited for the master card foundation scholarships 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 Aim Of master card foundation scholarships

The master card foundation scholarships Program is developing Africa’s next generation of leaders. The program allows students whose talent and promise exceed their financial resources to complete their education. With a vision that education is a catalyst for social and economic change, the program focuses on developing leaders who are transformative, encouraging them to be active contributors in their communities.

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

How Can I Become A master card foundation Scholar??

For an undergraduate (bachelor’s) degree, candidates must be 29 years old or under at the time they apply. For a graduate (master’s) degree, candidates must be 35 years old or under at the time they apply.

In addition, each university has its own eligibility criteria. Carefully review the application requirements at the institution to which you are interested in applying.

To be considered for the program, students must be academically strong and have demonstrated a commitment to making a difference in the lives of others. The Scholars Program is implemented through our partner universities and non-governmental organizations. The application process and decision-making are managed individually by each partner. If you are interested in becoming a Scholar, you must apply through the university of your choice.

Partner institutions have their own deadlines and admission fees. We recommend that you research the application guidelines or contact the institution of your choice for more information. For schools that require application fees as part of the admissions process, the fees will be reimbursed if the student is selected for the Scholars Program

List Of master card foundation scholarships Partner Institutions/ universities

1.Secondary Education

  • Camfed International
  • Equity Group Foundation

2.Undergraduate Studies

  • African Leadership Academy
  • American University of Beirut
  • Ashesi University College
  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)
  • Sciences Po
  • University of Abomey-Calavi
  • University of Cape Town
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Gondar
  • University of Pretoria
  • Wellesley College

3.Master’s Studies

  • African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS)
  • American University of Beirut
  • Arizona State University
  • Carnegie Mellon University Africa
  • McGill University
  • Sciences Po
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Cape Town
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Gondar
  • University of Pretoria

What You Need To Know About The master card foundation scholarships

The Program provides financial, social, and academic support to Scholars. Financial support includes, but is not limited to, tuition fees, accommodation, books, and other scholastic materials. The scope of majors and degrees eligible for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program varies from institution to institution

Level/Field of Study:

Scholarship is for international students who wish to obtain an undergraduate degree in the university. Offer to study ranges across fields of Engineering, Economic and Management Sciences and Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Host Nationality:

All scholarships are taken in South Africa.If you are an African student and you wish to study in any part of the world , this is for you List of Fully Funded International Scholarships for African Students (Any where In The World )

Eligible Nationality:

Scholarship is open to African students from the following countries.

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.

Scholarship Benefits:

These opportunities has value that includes

  • 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

Scholarship Number:

Not Specified

MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program for African Countries Requirements:

  • 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 University Faculty 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 SciencesBCom (Accounting Science)
    BCom (Financial Science)
    BCom (Economics)
    BCom (Informatics)
    BCom (Agribusiness Management)Faculty of Natural and Agricultural SciencesBScAgric (Food Science and Technology)
    BScAgric (Agricultural Economics/Agribusiness Management)
    BScAgric (Animal Science)
    BScAgric (Plant Pathology)
    BScAgric (Applied Plant and Soil Sciences)

Before you apply For This master card foundation scholarships :

  • Carefully research the Program website of the university of your choice to learn the specific details about eligibility criteria, requirements, deadlines, and other application instructions.
  • Select the institution and program you want to apply to. While there is no limit to the number of schools you can apply to, it is important to note that it takes a great deal of effort to complete an application package.
  • Prepare the necessary documents to submit. Each institution requires different types of documents as part of the application process. Failing to submit a document on time will result in an incomplete application.
  • If applicable, take the required tests a few months before starting your application. Before being considered for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, every applicant must first meet the admissions requirements of the university. For some partners, tests like the SAT and/or TOEFL or IELTS are part of the standard requirements for all international students. Other university partners do not require these to be completed.
  • Ask for references. Most universities will require recommendation letters. Before you apply, ask someone who knows you well, such as your teacher, mentor, or community leader, to support you with this step. Some universities will require the recommendation to be submitted online. In this case, it is the applicant’s responsibility to follow up with his/her referees about the online submission.

 How to Apply for the master card foundation scholarships: 

  • Apply online at www.up.ac.za/apply. 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 mcfsp@up.ac.za for undergraduates and asanda.vumazonke@up.ac.za for postgraduates enquiries.
  • 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.
  • Once you have been admitted, please contact mcfsp@up.ac.za to commence the process to apply for The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program immediately.
  • Successful MasterCard Foundation Scholars should have a passport to enable them to apply for a visa promptly.
  • Download the hard copy of the undergraduate or postgraduate application form below.
  • Submit your MCFSP application from to mcfsp@up.ac.za for undergraduates and asanda.vumazonke@up.ac.za for postgraduates together with ALL supporting documents as stated on the first page of the application form

You can begin the application by clicking on Online Application

and get more details by clicking the Scholarship Link

master card foundation scholarships Application Deadline:

The application deadline for the scholarship is September 15 of that academic year.

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