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The 2024–2025 Mastercard Foundation Scholars Programme Calls for Applications at the University of Cambridge. Apply Now


The prestigious Mastercard Foundation Program at the University of Cambridge was established in 2022 as a collaboration between the University and the Mastercard Foundation.  Over 500 Scholars from the African continent will be enrolled in the programme between 2023 and 2030 to undertake a wide range of Masters courses. 

The Scholarship programme would provide bright students from under-represented communities in Africa with a fully funded opportunity to complete their Master’s training, develop transformative leadership skills, and contribute to climate resilience and sustainable futures in Africa. Ultimately, the mission of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars programme at the University of Cambridge is to contribute to the development of a transformative network of young people, critical to driving sustainable change.

Applications for the 2024–2025 academic year are now open. 

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Programme at the University of Cambridge is pleased to announce that applications for the 2024–2025 academic year are now open.

The programme at the University of Cambridge is designed to provide talented students from Africa with fully-funded opportunities to complete their master’s training, grow in transformative leadership, and contribute to climate resilience and sustainability in Africa and the world at large.

The programme offers scholarships that span the full range of disciplines in Cambridge except for the following business courses: Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Corporate Law (MCL), and Master of Finance (MFin).

Eligibility: To be eligible for this scholarship, you Must  be a citizen of an African country,

⦁ Must be ordinarily resident in an African country unless you can show a temporary absence for study/work with an intention to return, or unless you have been displaced.

⦁Must be applying for a Master’s course of up to one year in length, at the University of Cambridge.

The application for funding is embedded in the course application process. 

 As part of the application process, prospective scholars will be required to provide a supplementary statement that indicates their personal commitment to contributing to climate-resilient and sustainable futures for Africa.

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE: The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Programme at the University of Cambridge

Application Process: How to apply

Step one: Apply for admission to the University of Cambridge

Apply for admission to the University of Cambridge via the course directory by the funding deadline. The University of Cambridge has created a very helpful video about applying for postgraduate admission and funding.

Step Two: The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Programme  Statement. 

As part of the application process in the University’s graduate application portal, students are asked to select funding bodies they are interested in applying to. A range of options are presented to the applicant. Once you select the Mastercard Foundation Scholars program, you will be required to submit a mandatory personal statement.  This is the only part of the application process where applicants are specifically asked about their fit for the Mastercard Foundation Scholarship Program.  You should endeavour to demonstrate how you specifically meet the Program’s criteria. You will  be expected to write about your desire and commitment towards climate-resilient and sustainable futures for Africa and the world,  and how your chosen course of study at Cambridge contributes towards that goal.

Step threeChoose a College 

 The University is composed of 31 colleges, each offering varied opportunities. It is important that you take time to consider the college you wish to live in. You may want a college near to your department, or any other specific requirement.  Please read up about the college system to enable you make an informed  choice:   https://www.postgraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/colleges/choosing-a-college.

 Please be sure to visit  college websites to enable you to make an informed decision.

Step Four: Fee waiver

Master’s applications require a  £50 application fee. However, the fee will be automatically waived for applicants of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars programme. Please note you must submit the scholarship statement to benefit from the automatic waiver. Students who do not get an automatic waiver and are certain they meet all conditions of the Scholars program are invited to contact the team at admin@mastercardfoundation.fund.cam.ac.uk

Kindly note that data relating to your application or placement on the Program will be retained and anonymized for use in the evaluation of the Program’s outcomes and effectiveness

DEADLINE: The deadline for submitting applications for funding is the 5th of December 2023 for courses with a 5th of December deadline and the 5th of January 2024 for courses with a 5th of January deadline. 

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