Deadline: June 30, 2019

Applications are open for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Programme 2019 to study at University of
Cape Town. The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Programme at UCT provides full-cost scholarships to
young Africans who are first-time
undergraduate or postgraduate (honours and master’s) degree-seeking
The scholarships ensure a premium educational package that will produce graduates whose
qualification are internationally recognised and locally applicable, and whose transition into the
workforce is underpinned by values of engaged citizenship and social justice.
These scholarships cover the full period of study and are renewable annually subject to satisfactory
performance and participation in the activities and opportunities offered
by the programme. Successful
candidates will be required to commit themselves to returning to their home countries and to invest their
gained skills and education in their country’s social and economic growth.

  • Comprehensive financial assistance with visa applications, travel, tuition, living expenses, medical aid and accommodation.
  • A relevant and recognised education through academic curricula aimed at producing graduates whose qualification are internationally recognized and locally applicable.
  • Academic and peer mentor support – to ensure that each Scholar successfully progresses academically.
  • An array of cultural and transition support and training aimed at academic and professional enrichment and assisting in the challenges facing university going students.
  • Career and internship opportunities in Africa, service learning, experiential learning – career guidance and support for transition to further study or the workforce.
  • Leadership development and training. Alumni networks for further support.


Open to young Africans who are rst-time undergraduate or postgraduate (honours and master’s) degree-seeking applicants.

Selection Criteria:

Applicants will be selected based on the following:

  • Academically talented – value learning and are driven to complete their education.
  • Economically disadvantaged – facing significant financial barriers to completing their education.
  • Committed to giving back – investing in their communities, using the skills and knowledge that they have acquired.
  • Future leaders – committed to embracing ethical leadership and making a positive change in their home communities.


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