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Apply for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program

Brief Description

Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program (MCFSP) targets academically talented yet economically disadvantaged young people in Africa who will contribute to the transformation of the continent through their knowledge, skills, attitudes and values evidenced by their leadership. Community service and internships are essential components of the Program. The MCFSP offers a full scholarship to selected students who have been provisionally admitted to study towards a postgraduate degree at UP. Graduates must return to their home countries on completion of their studies and give back to their communities


The Program will cover the following:

  • 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

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

  • 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


Dependent on the various university partners.

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