University of Edinburgh, Scotland

The University of Edinburgh Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program in Scotland (Fully-Funded)

Deadline: 30th October, 2020

The University of Edinburgh in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation will provide 200 full scholarships to students from Africa with great academic and leadership potential but few educational opportunities.

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at The University of Edinburgh believes that all young people, no matter their starting point in life, should have an equal chance to gain a quality education and pursue their aspirations to improve the lives of others.

The University of Edinburgh offers a fully funded academic and transformative leadership program for undergraduate and postgraduate students from Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Students will receive comprehensive support to remove barriers to study in Edinburgh and will benefit from extracurricular opportunities including retreats and internships. The Scholars Program aims to build the abilities and talents of each student so they can make a difference to their home countries and communities on their return.

Mastercard Foundation is one of the largest charitable foundations in the world. It operates under the governance of its own Board of Directors, independently from Mastercard Incorporated, which originally set up the Foundation in 2006.

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program is a growing initiative and to date, the Program has committed over $700 million to supporting the education and leadership development of over 30,000 young people. Throughout a network of partners, the Scholars Program ensures that students whose academic talent and promise exceed their financial resources, are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to become the next generation of ethical leaders.

21 scholarships are available for the 2021/22 academic year, which will cover the full tuition fees and expenses for accommodation and maintenance.

On top of financial support, Scholars will participate in activities as part of the wider Scholars Program at the University of Edinburgh including work-based placements, mentorship, and other activities during the academic year.

Scholarships are available for the following postgraduate programs:

  • MSc Africa and International Development
  • MSc Environment and Development
  • MSc Global Health Policy
  • MA Design for Change
  • MSc Sustainable Energy Systems
  • MSc Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • MSc Finance, Technology and Policy
  • MSc Food Security
  • MSc Design Informatics

Applications for 2021 entry are now open and will close on October 30th at 2pm UK time.

They are particularly  interested to consider applications from individuals who have faced barriers to education through disability or forced migration. They are also inviting applications from nationals of Malawi, Ethiopia, Mauritius, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


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Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at McGill University, Canada (Fully-Funded)


Eligibility criteria

  • Applicants must have graduated no later than September 2020
  • Applicants must be a resident and citizen of a Sub-Saharan African country. Applicants currently residing outside of this region for education reasons only can still apply
  • Applicants must demonstrate a track record of leadership and service within their community
  • Applicants are able to present economic circumstances which show they lack financial means to pursue higher education in their home country or elsewhere
  • Applicants must want to study one of the eligible degree programmes at the University of Edinburgh
  • Applicants must qualify academically for admission to the degree programme of their choice
  • Applicants should not have completed a postgraduate degree previously and should not be enrolled at a separate university while on scholarship

Application to the scholarship and the University of Edinburgh

If you apply for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program please apply for the scholarship first. If you are successful in the scholarship process, the team will support you to apply for admission to your chosen degree programme.

If you are applying for other scholarships in the University of Edinburgh, please apply directly to the degree programme of your choice.



For more information about the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Edinburgh, visit the official webpage here.

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