The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program (MCFSP) at the University of Pretoria (UP) for full-time postgraduate study is open to students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree and are residents or citizens of an African country. This Program targets academically qualified, yet economically disadvantaged, young people in Africa who will go back to contribute to the transformation of their countries. Applicants should not already be in possession of a Masters Degree/ Qualification.


In order to apply for The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Pretoria, you MUST first have applied and have been accepted for one of the desired programmes namely; Honours and Masters in Commerce (Accounting Sciences, Financial Sciences and Economics) and Honours and Masters in Natural and Agricultural Sciences, Honours and Masters in Humanities (Political Studies or International Studies only). Continuing students are eligible to apply for Honours and Masters in Engineering. Only students in full- time programmes are eligible for this scholarship. You will need your student number to complete this application form. Students registering for an Honours programme must plan to continue into a related Master’s degree.

Documents listed below (in English only) are required to process your application:

  • Proof of your provisional admission or application for admission letter from the University of Pretoria.

  • Proof of gross income (pay slip(s)/pension advice(s)/financial statements/allowances,

  • maintenance) not older than 3 months for biological/adoptive parent(s)/legal guardian/spouse/applicant’s source of income.

  • If no proof of income or if unemployed, the source of income/maintenance/allowance must be provided per individual by means of an affidavit. House Executive/housewives must confirm any source of income by means of an affidavit.

  • If biological/adoptive parent is single or never married, an affidavit confirming marital status and maintenance – also if not receiving any financial assistance.

  • If biological/adoptive parent(s) are deceased – death certificate(s).

  • If biological/adoptive parent(s) are divorced, the decree of divorce and affidavit confirming maintenance (also if not receiving any financial assistance).

  • If legal guardian is appointed by a court, the court order must be provided or an affidavit supporting this. Guardian must declare monthly allowance to applicant by means of an affidavit.

  • Certified copy of ID/Passport.

  • IDs/passport for biological/adoptive parent(s)/legal guardian/spouse.

  • IDs/passport and birth certificate for both applicant and siblings.

  • Proof of enrolment of all siblings at tertiary institution(s).

  1. Only students admitted to the University of Pretoria will be considered for this scholarship.

  2. Once you have been accepted or received confirmation that you have been provisionally accepted, complete this scholarship application and e-mail it as an attachment (document or scanned copy)for Postgraduate studies to tel. +27 12-420-6621. If submitting a hand- written scholarship application, ensure the document and scanned copy is clearly legible.

  3. Scholarships are limited and apply to students who cannot afford to pay full fees. Do not apply for a scholarship if you or your parents can pay the full fees.

  4. Students may not hold other bursaries if awarded the Mastercard Foundation Scholarship (with the exclusion of UP achievement awards).

  5. All the information provided must be accurate and true. Any falsification of information on this

  6. application may result in your being excluded from the program as soon as it is discovered

Application Form

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