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Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program 2023

Updated: Mar 27, 2023


The University of Cape Town (UCT) has partnered with the Mastercard Foundation in its global Scholars’ Program: an educational initiative that provides academically talented young people from economically disadvantaged communities in Africa with access to quality university education.

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at UCT provides full-cost scholarships to young Africans who are first-time undergraduate or postgraduate (honors and master’s) degree-seeking applicants. The scholarships ensure a premium educational package that will produce graduates whose qualifications are internationally recognized and locally applicable, and whose transition into the workforce is underpinned by values of engaged citizenship and social justice.


  • Comprehensive financial assistance with visa applications, travel, tuition, living expenses, medical aid, and accommodation will be provided by the scholarship.

  • The opportunity of a relevant and recognized education through academic curricula aimed at producing graduates whose qualifications are internationally recognized and locally applicable.

  • Academic and peer mentor support to ensure successful academic progress.

  • The opportunity of an array of cultural and transition support and training.

  • Career and internship opportunities in Africa, service learning, experiential learning, career guidance, and support for transition to further study or the workforce.

  • The opportunity for leadership development and training.

  • The opportunity of access to the alumni networks for further support.


  • Must be academically talented value learning and be driven to complete their education.

  • Must be economically disadvantaged and facing significant financial barriers to completing their education.

  • Committed to giving back and investing in their communities, and using the skills and knowledge that they have acquired.

  • Committed to embracing ethical leadership and making a positive change in their home communities.


March 31, 2023

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