University of Edinburgh MasterCard Foundation Scholarships for African Students (Study In Scotland)

Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program

Course(s) Offered: Several disciplines
Course Level: Bachelors, Masters
Provider: The MasterCard Foundation
Country to Study in: Scotland

Scholarship Description
The University of Edinburgh in partnership with MasterCard Foundation is happy to offer the Edinburgh MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program for young people from Africa who have demonstrated academic talent so to provide them access to quality education.

The Edinburgh MasterCard Foundation Scholars Programme supports the brightest and best African scholars with great potential but few educational opportunities. Through the generous support of the Foundation, Scholars will be provided with the opportunity to become leaders within their communities and to improve the lives of countless more when they return home to Africa.

The University of Edinburgh MasterCard Foundation Scholars Programme will provide 80 undergraduate and 120 postgraduate African students with full scholarships over the next seven years. Students will receive comprehensive support to remove barriers to study in Edinburgh and they will benefit from extracurricular course elements including summer schools and internships to build their abilities and make a difference to their home countries and communities on their return.

To be eligible to apply, the following apply:
  • You must qualify academically for admission to the University of Edinburgh. We prefer that applicants apply to this scholarship BEFORE applying to the University. Please see section on applying below for more information;
  • You must be a resident and citizen of a Sub-Saharan African country, whose personal circumstances would make accepting an offer from the University of Edinburgh difficult. Applications from Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe are particularly welcome;
  • You must demonstrate a track record of leadership and service within your community; and
  • You are able to present economically disadvantaged circumstances and be able to show that you lack financial means from family or other sources to pursue post-secondary (university) education in your home country or elsewhere.
The scholarship is not available to students already on programme.

The scholarship may be terminated at any time when an unsatisfactory progress report is received from the School or if the scholarship holder ceases to be registered as a full-time student at the University of Edinburgh.

Selection Criteria:
The scholarships are competitive and awarded broadly on the basis of academic merit. Applicants financial, personal, and family circumstances will also be taken into account.

Applicants must also be committed to returning to Africa following their graduation to give back to their home community and country.

Eligible groups
Citizens of African countries

Fields of study
UNDERGRADUATE: All Undergraduate programmes are sponsored.

POSTGRADUATE: Scholarships are available for on campus and online distance study in the following Postgraduate Masters programmes:
a). For On Campus Postgraduate study:
  • MSc Africa and International Development
  • MSc Environment and Development
  • MSc Global Health Policy
  • LLM Human Rights
  • MA Product Design
  • MSc Sustainable Energy Systems
  • MSc Carbon Finance
  • MSc Entrepreneurship and Innovation
b). For Online Distance Postgraduate Study:
  • MSc International Development (online)
  • MSc Global Health Policy (online)
  • MSc Global Food Security and Nutrition (online)
  • MSc Carbon Management (online)
  • MSc Social Justice and Community Action (online)
  • MSc Data Science, Technology and Innovation (online)
  • MSc Digital Education (online)
Number of awards
80 undergraduate and 120 postgraduate scholarships will be awarded

Sponsorship duration
Complete duration of any programme

Scholarship benefits
The scholarship will provide full scholarships, including accommodation costs, living costs, travel and tuition fees to students taking courses on campus at Edinburgh. 60 Scholars from other MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program institutions will also benefit from participating in a number of online distance learning Masters programmes offered by the University of Edinburgh. Scholars will be provided with the opportunity to become leaders within their communities and to improve the lives of countless more when they return home to Africa.

As well as receiving an excellent education at one of the top ranked universities in the world, undergraduate Scholars will:
  • Participate in UK and Africa based Summer Schools;
  • Complete a course on African development;
  • Engage in a volunteering project in their home country;
  • Undertake a work-based placement in the UK;
  • Receive support on their return to their home country; and
  • Following their graduation, around 50% of our undergraduate Scholars will then be supported to complete distance learning Masters degrees after their return to Africa.
Postgraduate masters Scholars will:
  • Complete six courses followed by the production of a dissertation;
  • Participate in a retreat designed to nurture leadership skills;
  • Attend a short Summer School; and
  • Undertake an internship which will include reflective learning.
Online distance Masters Scholars will:
  • Undertake a range of online distance Masters degrees which will be available to 60 Scholars from Edinburgh MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program institutions
Method of Application
All applicants must apply for the scholarship first through the online application form and, if successful, will be assisted in the process of applying for admission to the University.

It is important to go through the application instructions on the official Webpage (link to it is below) for complete instructions before applying.

Applications for 2020 on-campus Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, for postgraduate degrees only, will open on 1 October 2019. Eligible applicants for the online distance Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program will be able to apply early 2020.

Applications for undergraduate study at the University of Edinburgh have now finished, with the final Scholar cohort enrolled at the University in September 2019.

The last day to apply for the 2020 on-campus Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program is 2:00pm GMT on 29th November 2019

Interviews via video or phone will be held during February and March 2020, with final decisions made by April. All successful applicants will join the Program in September 2020.

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program was an initiative which 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.

Application Deadline: 29 November 2019
Open to International Applicants: No (ONLY Africans)

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