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University of Cape Town Mastercard Foundation Undergraduate and Postgraduate Scholarships



Application Deadline: 31st August, 2018

Applications are currently ongoing for the Mastercard Foundation Scholarships at University Of Cape Town. Interested students should see the details below.

University of Cape Town Mastercard Foundation Undergraduate and Postgraduate Scholarships

Mastercard Foundation Scholarships at University Of Cape Town – Details and FAQs

The MasterCard Foundation has partnered with the University of Cape Town (UCT) to offer scholarship opportunities to Individuals who wants to pursue a degree program at the Institution.

The vision of the Program is to transition promising young people from beneficiaries to benefactors, preparing them with the necessary values, knowledge, skills, and leadership to fuel economic and social progress across Africa. The Program targets academically qualified undergraduate and postgraduate candidates who are economically disadvantaged young people with leadership potential from Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Mastercard Foundation has partnered with the University of Cape Town (UCT) to provide 338 scholarships over 10 years to academically talented yet economically disadvantaged students from Sub-Saharan Africa for study at UCT.

The Scholars Program is a $700 million initiative to educate young people – particularly from Africa – to lead change and make a positive social impact in their communities. Scholars will receive comprehensive scholarships, academic support, peer mentorship, career guidance, internship opportunities, transition-to-work support and access to a global alumni network.

Over the 10-year period (2014 – 2024), sixty students will be awarded scholarships to complete an undergraduate qualification and 240 students will be awarded support to obtain qualifications at Honours (as of 2016) and Masters level. In order to be considered for the scholarship, applicants must meet all the eligibility criteria, including the admission criteria for their chosen course of study at UCT.

The Mastercard Scholarship Programme will provide scholarships to academically talented young Africans to pursue undergraduate and postgraduate studies at UCT. 

When is the application deadline?

31st August, 2018

Is the scholarship/opportunity offered annually?

Yes

Which countries are eligible for the scholarship?

Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa

In which host country will the awardees be studying?

South Africa

Eligible Fields of Study

Commerce, Engineering and Built Environment, Health Sciences, Humanities, Law or Sciences at the University of Cape Town.

What is the category of this opportunity?

Masters, Undergraduate

How do I know if I’m eligible for the scholarship?

To be eligible to apply for The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Cape Town, candidates must meet the stated criteria:

  1. Academically talented, must value learning and be driven to complete their education.
  2. Economically disadvantaged and facing significant financial barriers to accessing education.
  3. Committed to giving back to their own communities once studies are completed, to return to their home countries and take a leadership role in promoting social and economic improvement.
  4. Future leaders committed to embracing ethical leadership to improve the lives of others.
  5. Commitment to community service through previous and/or past engagements with community outreach activities
  6. Citizens and residents of a Sub-Saharan African country.
  7. Wanting to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level (Masters by research and coursework or research Masters, only). Honours applicants will be considered from 2016.
  8. Applying to study in the fields of Commerce, Engineering and Built Environment, Health Sciences, Humanities, Law or Sciences at the University of Cape Town.
  9. All prospective Scholars must first be admitted to the University of Cape Town to be considered for the Scholarship. Although each academic department has its own criteria, a minimum of 60% for the Honours, or equivalent degree is the overall academic criterion required for entry into the Masters’ degree.
  10. Preference will be given to ‘first-generation’ students, i.e. those who are the first ones in their families to go to university.

What are the selection criteria?

  • Applicants must have received a firm offer to study at UCT
  • Applicants must come from an economically disadvantaged background
  • Applicants must demonstrate leadership potential and must have acted in a leadership capacity
  • Applicants must meet the set academic criteria

How many scholarship awards are available?

50 opportunities (24 undergraduate, 10 honours and 16 master’s)

What are the benefits of the scholarship?

The scholarships will cover for the following:

  1. Reimbursement of costs incurred for visa application processing
  2. An economy class air ticket to Cape Town South Africa for awardees who are i) citizens and/or residents of a Sub-Saharan country other than South Africa or ii) residing in South Africa but outside of Cape Town
  3. Full tuition fees and international student fees
  4. Accommodation in the student housing system at the University of Cape Town
  5. Meals through the student housing system at the University of Cape Town
  6. Medical cover with a recommended medical aid service provider
  7. A living stipend; to be used to cover ad hoc expenses pertaining to your studies
  8. A book allowance to purchase the prescribed textbooks required for your degree programme
  9. Costs related to community activities as prescribed by the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Cape Town
  10. Access to an internship opportunity
  11. An economy class air ticket home upon completion of studies, for awardees who are i) citizens of and/or residents of a Sub-Saharan country other than South Africa or ii) residing in South Africa but outside of Cape Town

Students enrolled on the Program will receive mentoring, leadership development, academic and life skills support.  Academic support will include tutoring, language training, writing circles and guidance counselling.

What is the duration of the scholarship?

1 year

How to Apply for the Mastercard Foundation Scholarships at University Of Cape Town

In order to apply for The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program, applicants must first apply to the University of Cape Town for academic study and placement. Candidates are encouraged to make contact with the relevant department that the academic application will be submitted to.

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