Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program

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Find out more about applying to study as a Mastercard Scholar in Edinburgh.

The Scholars Program at the University of Edinburgh will provide postgraduate scholarships to students from Africa with great academic and leadership potential but few educational opportunities. 

21 scholarships are available for the 2021/22  academic year, which will cover the full tuition fees and expenses for accommodation and maintenance. 

On top of financial support, Scholars will participate in activities as part of the wider Scholars Program at the University of Edinburgh including work-based placements, mentorship, and other activities during the academic year. 

Scholarships are available for the following postgraduate programs: 

  • MSc Africa and International Development
  • MSc Environment and Development
  • MSc Global Health Policy
  • MA Design for Change 
  • MSc Sustainable Energy Systems
  • MSc Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • MSc Finance, Technology and Policy 
  • MSc Food Security 
  • MSc Design Informatics

2021/22 applications

Applications for 2021 entry are now open and will close on October 30th at 2pm UK time.

We are particularly interested to consider applications from individuals who have faced barriers to education through disability or forced migration. We also particularly invite applications from nationals of Malawi, Ethiopia, Mauritius, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. 

Apply to the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program

Eligibility criteria

  • Applicants must have graduated no later than September 2020

  • Applicants must be a resident and citizen of a Sub-Saharan African country. Applicants currently residing outside of this region for education or who have been displaced and sought refuge are still eligible to apply.

  • Applicants must demonstrate a track record of leadership and service within their community

  • Applicants are able to present economic circumstances which show they lack financial means to pursue higher education in their home country or elsewhere 

  • Applicants must want to study one of the eligible degree programmes at the University of Edinburgh 

  • Applicants must qualify academically for admission to the degree programme of their choice 

  • Applicants should not have completed a postgraduate degree previously and should not be enrolled at a separate university while on scholarship 

Application to the scholarship and the University of Edinburgh 

If you apply for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program please apply for the scholarship first. If you are successful in the scholarship process, the team will support you to apply for admission to your chosen degree programme.

If you are applying for other scholarships in the University of Edinburgh, please apply directly to the degree programme of your choice. 

More information on how to apply can be found on each individual degree programme web page in the University Degree Finder. 

Postgraduate Degree Finder

 

If you have questions about the application process, please visit our frequently asked questions page:

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What does it mean to be a Mastercard Foundation Scholar?

To see what our current scholars think it means to be a Mastercard Foundation scholar, check out our video.