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MasterCard Foundation Scholarship at University of Cape Town (Undergraduates and Post-graduates)

Application Deadline: September 30, 2020


Do you have what it takes to be a Mastercard Foundation Scholar? The University of Cape Town is looking for the next generation of leaders to join this unique scholarship program.

Until 2020, over 300 African students will be awarded full scholarships to UCT as part of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program.

The initiative provides students with a top-level education, as well as leadership and career development, mentorship and access to a global alumni network.



Scholarship Overview

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 (honours and master’s) degree-seeking applicants. The scholarships ensure a premium educational package that will produce graduates whose qualifications are internationally recognised and locally applicable, and whose transition into the workforce is underpinned by values of engaged citizenship and social justice.

These scholarships cover the full period of study and are renewable annually subject to satisfactory performance and participation in the activities and opportunities offered by the programme. Successful candidates will be required to commit themselves to returning to their home countries and to invest their gained skills and education in their country’s social and economic growth.

Selection criteria:

  • Academically talented – value learning and are driven to complete their education.

  • Economically disadvantaged – facing significant financial barriers to completing their education.

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

  • Future leaders – committed to embracing ethical leadership and making a positive change in their home communities.


The scholarship includes:

  • Comprehensive financial assistance with visa applications, travel, tuition, living expenses, medical aid and accommodation.

  • A relevant and recognised education through academic curricula aimed at producing graduates whose qualifications are internationally recognised and locally applicable.

  • Academic and peer mentor support – to ensure that each Scholar successfully progresses academically.

  • An array of cultural and transition support and training aimed at academic and professional enrichment and assisting in the challenges facing university going students.

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

  • Leadership development and training.

  • Alumni networks for further support.


APPLICATION PROCEDURE

In order to apply for The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, applicants must first apply to the University of Cape Town for academic study and placement. Only applicants, who have applied for academic study and placement to UCT, can submit an application for a Mastercard Foundation scholarship.


Guidelines for postgraduate honours and master's applicants


Guidelines for undergraduate applicants


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