The Mastercard Foundation scholarship program

Scholarship Opportunities
United Kingdom
Posted 4 years ago

In partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, the University of Edinburgh will provide 200 full scholarships to students from Africa with great academic and leadership potential but few educational opportunities.

On top of the scholarship, the Scholars Program facilitates transformative leadership programming to inspire and support Scholars in making the change in their communities and countries on their return home.

Application Deadline: Deadline for 2018 has passed, but you can look for 2019 scholarship opening in November 2018.

Institution of Study: University of Edinburgh

Country of Study: African

Scholarship Value:  cover the full tuition fees and expenses for accommodation and maintenance.

Scholars will participate in activities as part of the wider Scholars Program (link) at the University of Edinburgh including work-based placements, mentorship, and other activities during the academic year.

Nationality Eligible: Africans

Level of education: High school education  and graduate level


  • You must be a resident and citizen of a Sub-Saharan African country, whose personal circumstances would make accepting an offer from the University of Edinburgh difficult.
  • Applications from Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe are particularly welcome.
  • You must demonstrate a track record of leadership and service within your community; and
  • You are able to present economically disadvantaged circumstances and be able to show that you lack financial means from family or other sources to pursue post-secondary (university) education in your home country or elsewhere.
  • There are other requirements according to the countries you can get them here

            Undergraduates  and Postgraduate

How to apply

Applicants will be informed of our decision by March 2018.

If successful, applicants will be assisted in the process of applying for admission to the University.

Interviews via video or phone will be held during February and March 2018, with final decisions made by April. All successful applicants will join the Program in September 2018.


Scholarship Link

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