Scholarships and Student Funding

Undergraduate Scholarships

80 undergraduate scholarships are available over the next four years for the brightest and best African scholars with great potential, but few educational opportunities. ​

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program

Scholars will be provided with the opportunity to become leaders within their communities and to improve the lives of countless more when they return home to Africa.


15 scholarships are available in 2017-2018 which will cover the full tuition fees and expenses for accommodation and maintenance. Awards are tenable for the duration of the undergraduate programme of study, and at the end of the award candidates will be required to return to Africa. .


  • You must qualify academically for admission to the University of Edinburgh. We prefer that applicants apply to this scholarship BEFORE applying to the University. Have a look at entry requirements for undergraduate students at Please see section on applying below for more information;

  • 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.

The scholarship is not available to students already on programme.

The scholarship may be terminated at any time when an unsatisfactory progress report is received from the School or if the scholarship holder ceases to be registered as a full-time student at the University of Edinburgh.


The scholarships are competitive and awarded broadly on the basis of academic merit. Applicants financial, personal, and family circumstances will also be taken into account.

Applicants must also be committed to returning to Africa following their graduation to give back to their home community and country.


We are no longer accepting applications for the 2017-2018 MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program.

If you have recently submitted the pre-application assessment, you will receive an email shortly with further directions.

Applications for the 2018-2019 MasterCard Foundation Scholars cohort will open in Autumn 2017 and further information about the process will be available from Summer 2017.

In the meantime, if you have any enquiries, please email us at

Notification of award

A University of Edinburgh Selection Committee will meet in January 2017 with an aim to interview shortlisted candidates in February and March. The scholarship winners will be announced in late-March 2017.

Related Links

Cost of living in Edinburgh


Undergraduate Prospectus 2017 entry