Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program

Online Learning

If you are a graduate, or are soon to graduate, as a Mastercard Foundation Scholar from a Mastercard Foundation partner institution, find out more about applying to study a postgraduate qualification online.

Gaining an online masters is an excellent way to earn a qualification which is equivalent to on-campus study, while at the same time continuing to work flexibly and live at home. Online Masters qualifications though the University of Edinburgh are fully equivalent to Masters degrees taught on campus.

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

The scholarship will cover the full tuition fees and a small study stipend to allow for access to high-quality internet. The scholarship is designed to cover three-years of part-time online study.

On top of financial support, Scholars will participate in activities as part of the wider Scholars Program with the University of Edinburgh, including regular online workshops with our scholars, online coaching and support, and the opportunity to attend regional scholar-led workshops and events.

Scholarships are available for the following postgraduate programs:

2020/21 applications

Applications for September 2020 entry to the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Edinburgh open on Monday February 3rd 2020 at 10.00 (GMT) and close at 16:00 (GMT) on Monday 16th March 2020.

Eligibility criteria

  • You must be a graduate or be about to graduate as a Mastercard Foundation Scholar in a Mastercard Foundation partner institution. You can currently be studying on a programme but you must have graduated by July 2020 and you must have your final degree certificate and transcript by the end of August 2020 in order to commence you studies in September this year. We do not accept applications from those who are already studying for or have completed a postgraduate/graduate degree.
  • Applicants must qualify academically for admission to the University of Edinburgh for a relevant degree programme listed above. You will generally need to have achieved the equivalent of a UK Second Class (Upper) Bachelors (Hons) degree. You can find out more about postgraduate entry requirements for your country at http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/international/postgraduate-entry or be in touch with us at mcfsp@ed.ac.uk.
  • You must be a citizen of an African country (with the exception of Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco & Tunisia), whose personal circumstances would make accepting an online study offer from the University of Edinburgh difficult.  Applications from Malawi, Ethiopia, Mauritius, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe are particularly welcome.
  • You should demonstrate a track record of leadership and service within your community and former school/university.
  • You must be able to present economic circumstances which show they lack financial means to pursue higher education in their home country or elsewhere

Application to the scholarship and the University of Edinburgh 

If the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program is the only scholarship you are interested in applying for at the University of Edinburgh, please apply for the Scholarship only.

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

Apply to the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program