[Apply Now] Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program for Africans at University of Cambridge

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Cambridge is an initiative with the goal of providing financially supported opportunities for exceptional students from economically marginalized and hard-to-reach areas in Africa to earn their Master’s degrees, develop as transformative leaders, and aid in Africa’s climate resilience and sustainability. In addition to tuition, the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program includes travel and visa expenses, housing, food, a laptop allowance, health insurance, and a living stipend. It also includes a stipend for any children who need to travel with a Scholar.

Scholarship Details

Because a multimodal approach to climate action and reaction is vital, the Program educates these students in a wide variety of fields, from the creative arts and literature to the social sciences and more technical fields. Mastercard Foundation Scholar applicants are eligible for admission to the vast majority of the University’s degree programs. Because solving the climate catastrophe will involve knowledge from many fields, including science, technology, engineering, and mathematics as well as the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

We are seeking to provide financial assistance to students who are both academically gifted and socially responsible; in particular, we are interested in those who want to play a role in making Africa and the globe more climate-resilient and sustainable. Persons with impairments, refugees, and people of African descent are especially urged to apply. The University welcomes applications from people of all backgrounds and identities and actively promotes equality, diversity, and inclusion.

Scholarship provider:  Mastercard Foundation
Study Institution: University of Cambridge, UK.
Degree Category: Masters
Eligible Country: Africans
Application Closing Date: 1 December 2022 or 5 Jan 2023

Eligibility criteria

  • Must be a citizen of an African country* and demonstrate that they are from an economically marginalized, or economically disadvantaged, background.
  • Must be ordinarily resident * in an African country unless you can show temporary absence for study/work with an intention to return or unless you have been displaced.**
  • Must be applying for a Master’s course of up to one year in length at the University of Cambridge.
  • Prospective Scholars can apply across a wide range of disciplines. Exceptions are the Master of Accountancy, Business Administration, Master of Corporate Law, Master of Finance, MASt, MSts.

Scholarship Benefits

This is a full-cost award available to Master’s students, covering:

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  • Tuition fees
  • The cost of travel and visas
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Allowance for a laptop
  • Health cover
  • Living stipend
  • It also provides an allowance for dependent children who may accompany a Scholar.

Application Process

  • Interested candidates must first apply for admission to the University of Cambridge through the institution’s application portal by checking for the available programs. While applying make sure you indicate your interest to apply for funding. Ensure you do this before the application deadline.
  • To submit an application for financing from the Mastercard Foundation, applicants need to fill out a separate application form for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program and explain how they fit the qualifying requirements as soon as possible and no later than January 5, 2023 (Click here to apply). Before you can apply for a scholarship, you’ll need to submit a course application using the aforementioned Applicant Portal and obtain a unique ‘Application Number.’
    (Please note that applicants will have to be made a conditional offer of admission from the University in order to be considered for a Scholarship.)

Interested applicants are to check the official website for the proper Application procedures. Visit the official announcement page for more details. To start your application, Click the apply now button below.


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