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Study in South Africa: Mastercard Foundation Scholarships at University Of Cape Town



Applications are currently ongoing for the 100% Mastercard Foundation Scholarships at University Of Cape Town, South Africa. Interested students should see the details below. Scholarship Description 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 ... Continue Reading

Application Deadline: September 30, 2017

Applications are currently ongoing for the 100% Mastercard Foundation Scholarships at University Of Cape Town, South Africa. Interested students should see the details below.

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Scholarship Description

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.

Application Deadline

30th September, 2017

Scholarship Frequency

Offered annually

Eligible Countries

Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa

Host Country 

South Africa

Eligible Fields of Study

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

Course Level

Masters and Undergraduate

Number of Awardees

13 undergraduate and 29 Masters

Scholarship Value and Benefits

The scholarships will cover for the following:

  • Reimbursement of costs incurred for visa application processing
  • 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
  • Full tuition fees and international student fees
  • Accommodation in the student housing system at the University of Cape Town
  • Meals through the student housing system at the University of Cape Town
  • Medical cover with a recommended medical aid service provider
  • A living stipend; to be used to cover ad hoc expenses pertaining to your studies
  • A book allowance to purchase the prescribed textbooks required for your degree programme
  • Costs related to community activities as prescribed by the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Cape Town
  • Access to an internship opportunity
  • 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

Scholarship Duration

The scholarship’s tenure is for the full period of the academic program for which the Undergraduate Scholar has enrolled, with the second and subsequent years dependent on satisfactory academic progress and co-curricular involvement.

Tenure for the Honours level scholarships is one year. For Masters level the scholarships tenure is two years, dependent on academic progress and co-curricular participation of the Scholar.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship program, applicants must:

  • be citizens of a Sub-Saharan African country including Nigeria.
  • have received an offer of place at UCT.
  • be from an economically disadvantaged background.
  • be able to demonstrate financial need and leadership potential.
  • have excellent results from previous educational programs

How to Apply

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.

See application guidelines here

Scholarship Webpage

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