Scholarships and Student Funding

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at The University of Edinburgh provides full scholarships and transformative leadership training to educate and support bright, young African students with a deep, personal commitment to changing the world around them.

In partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, the University of Edinburgh will provide 200 full postgraduate and undergraduate scholarships to students from Africa with great academic and leadership potential but few educational opportunities. On top of the scholarship, the Scholars Program facilitates transformative leadership programming to inspire and support Scholars in making change change in their communities and countries on their return home.



You must qualify academically for admission to the University of Edinburgh. We prefer that applicants apply to this scholarship BEFORE applying to the University.


For postgraduate students, please visit:

Postgraduate entry requirements - Africa

Please note that we are no longer accepting applications for undergraduate entry.


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.


Applications for 2021 entry to the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Edinburgh will open on 01 October 2020.

The closing date for applications is 2:00pm GMT 30 October 2020.

Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program


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