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University of Pretoria MasterCard Scholarship for Masters Students



Application Deadline: 15th September 2018

Applications are currently ongoing for the 2020 University of Pretoria MasterCard Scholarship for Masters. Interested African students should see details below.

2018 University of Pretoria MasterCard Scholarship for Undergraduate and Masters

Scholarship Description

The MasterCard Foundation offers a full scholarship to students who have applied for and been admitted to one of the following masters study programmes at the University of Pretoria.

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program (MCFSP) targets academically qualified, yet economically disadvantaged young people in South Africa, SADC and the rest of Africa, who will contribute to the transformation of the continent. Community service is a necessary component of the Program with all students giving back to disadvantaged communities.

The MCFSP offers a full scholarship to selected students who have been provisionally admitted to study towards a postgraduate degree at UP. Graduates must return to their home countries on completion of their studies and give back to their communities.

The University of Pretoria is a multi-campus public research university in Pretoria, the administrative and de facto capital of South Africa. University of Pretoria is 1 of the top research institutions in Africa and their mission is to be an internationally recognised teaching & research university.

When is the application deadline?

31st August 2020.

Is the scholarship/opportunity offered annually?

Yes, it is.

Which countries are eligible for the scholarship?

Sub-Saharan African countries

In which host country will I be studying?

South Africa, if awarded the scholarship

What are the fields of study?

What is the category of this opportunity?

Masters (Taught)

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

  • Applicants should be citizens from Sub-Saharan African country.

  • Applicants should come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and demonstrate financial neediness.

  • Applicants should demonstrate leadership potential and ought to be involved in a giving back project eg. in a community, at school, church etc

What are the selection criteria?

The identified scholars need to demonstrate a commitment to making a difference in their communities, having faced significant barriers to accessing and completing quality tertiary education. The Program provides a comprehensive scholarship, mentoring and counseling, academic support and access to work readiness skills.

How many scholarship awards are available?

Several scholarships are available.

What are the benefits of the scholarship?

The Program will cover the following:

  • Full tuition fees
  • Accommodation in a UP residence
  • Meals
  • Books and printed material
  • A modest monthly stipend
  • Medical aid (Ingwe only)
  • Travel costs (one return trip for the duration of the study period)
  • Cost of one visa application for the duration of the study period.

What is the duration of the scholarship?

Period of degree

How to Apply for the University of Pretoria MasterCard Scholarship

Application for admission at the University of Pretoria is fully online at www.up.ac.za/apply 

Postgraduate scholarship application form.

Click the following link for Application Instructions

Scholarship Webpage


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    please am interested​ and also can I register with my A'level awaiting result

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