• Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program

    Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program

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    About

    The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program is developing Africa’s next generation of leaders. The program allows students whose talent and promise exceed their financial resources to complete their education. With a vision that education is a catalyst for social and economic change, the program focuses on developing leaders who are transformative, encouraging them to be active contributors in their communities. 

    The Scholars Program is implemented through our partner universities and non-governmental organizations.

  • Details at a glance

    Benin, Canada, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, France, Ghana, Kenya, Lebanon, Mauritius, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States
    All fields of study
    No deadline has been announced
    Bachelor's, Master's
    Full scholarship for the full period of studies
    15,000 graduated by 2030, and 3,750 specifically for refugees
    Applicants up to age 35 are eligible
  • Requirements

    Targeted nationalities
    All
    Targeted Country of Asylum
    Benin, Canada, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, France, Ghana, Kenya, Lebanon, Mauritius, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States
    Accepted status documentation
    It depends on the partner university requirements
    Language of Instruction
    English, French, Spanish, Other languages of instruction also possible depending on the country and university
    Language Proficiency Level
    Not applicable
    Which certificate do you require to prove the required language proficiency?
    It depends on the partner institution. Some offer language programs prior to studies.
  • More details about this opportunity

    • What is covered in this program
      Tuition
      Settling in
      Travel costs to the third country
      Visa
      Monthly stipend (e.g. food allowance)
      Health insurance
      Language training
      Transition of documents
      Books
      Housing
      Local transportation expenses
      Preparation courses
      Mentoring or psycho-social support
      Application fee reimbursement, transition after graduation support, two internships, etc.
    • Is the student allowed to work while studying?
      There are no restrictions from Mastercard Foundation. It depends on the country of study visa rules.
    • Can the nuclear family accompany or join the main applicant?
      No
    • Are there options to stay after graduation?
      Other Not through the support of the Mastercard foundation program. Depends on the country of study.
    • How to apply?
    • Application fee
      If admitted, the program offers for application fees to be reimbursed
    • Application period
      It depends on the partner university.
    • Type(s) of visa/residency permit granted upon arrival
      Depends on the country of university
  • For further questions contact the scholarship provider

  • Additional note

    The application process and decision-making are managed individually by each partner. If you are interested in becoming a Scholar, you must apply through the university of your choice. Partner institutions have their own deadlines and admission fees. We recommend that you research the application guidelines or contact the institution of your choice for more information. 

  • Disclaimer

    The content presented on this site has originated from the third party providers. UNHCR is not responsible for the application process or oversight of the opportunities presented here. Questions on a particular opportunity should be directed to the relevant provider.

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