University of Pretoria MasterCard Scholarship for Undergraduate and Masters African Students (FULL Funding Offered)

MasterCard Foundation Scholarship Program

Course(s) Offered: Several disciplines
Course Level: Undergraduate, Masters
Provider: MasterCard Foundation, University of Pretoria
Country to Study in: South Africa

Scholarship Description
The MasterCard Foundation offers the MasterCard Foundation Scholarship Program, a full scholarship for students who have applied for and been admitted to study at the University of Pretoria, in one of the undergraduate or taught masters programmes below.

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.

Scholars in the Program are primarily from Africa. Through comprehensive support, Scholars receive learning opportunities that equip them with knowledge, skills, and values needed to succeed in the economy, and make positive impacts in their communities

For a successful application, the following apply:
  • Candidates should be citizens from Sub-Saharan African country.
  • Applicants should come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and demonstrate financial neediness.
  • Candidates should demonstrate leadership potential and ought to be involved in a giving back project eg. in a community, at school, church etc
  • Academic excellence is paramount and students have to maintain a high academic average at all times.
  • Candidates need to be first time applicants as first year students in the degree programme
Selection Criteria:
Community service is a necessary component of the Program with all students giving back to disadvantaged communities. 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.

Eligible groups
Citizens of Sub-Saharan African countries

Fields of study
Anyone of the following undergraduate study programmes at the University of Pretoria:

1). Faculty of Engineering
  • BEng (Industrial Engineering)
  • BEng (Chemical Engineering)
  • BEng (Civil Engineering)
  • BEng (Electrical Engineering)
  • BEng (Electronic Engineering)
  • BEng (Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering)
  • BEng (Mining Engineering)
  • BEng (Computer Engineering)
2). Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences
  • BCom (Accounting Science)
  • BCom (Financial Science)
  • BCom (Economics)
  • BCom (Informatics)
  • BCom (Agribusiness Management)
3). Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
  • BScAgric (Food Science and Technology)
  • BScAgric (Agricultural Economics/Agribusiness Management)
  • BScAgric (Animal Science)
  • BScAgric (Plant Pathology)
  • BScAgric (Applied Plant and Soil Sciences)
Master’s degree applicants in the above-mentioned fields may also apply.
Honour’s candidates will be considered if they are prepared to commit to continuing to a Master’s degree.


Number of awards
Several will be awarded

Sponsorship duration
It will cover the entire duration of your studies. The scholar should complete their degree in the minimum degree period.

Scholarship benefits
The Program provides a comprehensive scholarship, mentoring and counselling, academic support and access to work readiness skills. 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.
Method of Application
All potential MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program (MCFSP) applicants for academic year 2019 have to apply at the respective faculty FIRST before applying for the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program. Once your application has been approved then you may apply for the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program. No MCFSP applications will be considered if you have not applied at the faculty first. Students interested in studies at UP must follow the course application process here. Apply for the 2019 scholars program here.

It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on this scholarship opportunity

Applications for a course study at UP opens 1st March and closes on the 30th August of the year preceding the year of study. Applications for the Scholars Program at UP open 1st May and closes on the 15th September of the year preceding the year of study.

University of Pretoria (UP) is a research‐intensive university in South Africa, recognised internationally for its quality, relevance and impact, as also for developing people, creating knowledge and making a difference locally and globally. It is one of the largest and most diverse universities in Southern Africa.

Application Deadline: 30 Aug /15 Sept 2018
Open to International Applicants: No (ONLY Africans)

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