Mastercard Foundation Scholarship Programme at University Of Cape Town (UCT) 2023 for African Students

Mastercard Foundation Scholarship

Excellent opportunity for African students! Mastercard Foundation Scholarship Programme at University Of Cape Town is currently available for application.

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Opportunity Description

The MasterCard Foundation in partnership with the University of Cape Town (UCT) has offered to assist financially, academically, social and post-graduation support to awarded candidates under this scholarship. The objective of the Program is to help promising young people to benefit the values, knowledge, skills, and leadership to generate economic and social progress across Africa. The Program is for qualified undergraduate and postgraduate candidates who are economically handicap young people with leadership potential from Sub-Saharan Africa.

In 2017 42 opportunities (13 undergraduate and 29 Masters) are available for students who intend to commence with their first year of registration for full-time undergraduate and Masters study.

About Master Card Foundation

The Mastercard Foundation is an international non-governmental organization established by Mastercard in 2006.

The organization, which is based in Toronto, Ontario, has supported work in 49 countries. In 2018, Mastercard Foundation shifted to a specific focus on Africa, through its Young Africa Works strategy.

The foundation develops programs primarily focused on reducing gender and economic inequality, expanding access to quality education, increasing the opportunities for decent work, and supporting overall economic growth.

Brief Details

Benefits of the Mastercard Foundation Scholarship

The scholarships will cover for the following:

  • Repayment 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
  • Complete tuition fees and international student fees will be provided
  • 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 citizens of or residents of a Sub-Saharan country other than South Africa or residing in South Africa but outside of Cape Town.

Students enrolled on the Program will receive mentoring, leadership development, academic and life skills support. Academic support will include tutoring, language training, writing circles and guidance counselling.

Also check: Fully Funded Lester B Pearson International Scholarship at U of T 2023-2024

Eligibility Criteria for the Mastercard Foundation Scholarship

To be eligible for The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Cape Town, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be academically talented, must value learning and be driven to complete their education.
  • Economically handicap and facing significant financial barriers to having access to education.
  • Must be committed to giving back to their own communities once studies are completed, to return to their home countries and take a leadership role in promoting social and economic improvement.
  • Future leaders committed to embracing ethical leadership to improve the lives of others.
  • Must make a commitment to community service through previous and/or past engagements with community outreach activities
  • Must be a citizens and residents of a Sub-Saharan African country.
  • Applicant who want to study undergraduate or postgraduate level (Masters by research and coursework or research Masters, only). Honours applicants will be considered from 2016.
  • Applying to study in the fields of Commerce, Engineering and Built Environment, Health Sciences, Humanities, Law or Sciences at the University of Cape Town.
  • All prospective Scholars must first be admitted to the University of Cape Town to be considered for the Scholarship. Although each academic department has its own criteria, a minimum of 60% for the Honours, or equivalent degree is the overall academic criteria required for entry into the Masters’ degree.
  • Preference will be given to ‘first-generation’ students, i.e. those who are the first ones in their families to go to university.

How to Apply for Mastercard Foundation Scholarship?

Applicants must first apply to the University of Cape Town for academic study and placement. Candidates are encouraged to make contact with the relevant department that the academic application will be submitted to:

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For more information about the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program, please visit their UCT website.

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