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Introduction to the Mastercard Foundation Scholarship to Study at the University of Cambridge
Applications are now open for the Mastercard Foundation Scholarship at the University of Cambridge. The University of Cambridge, in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, is thrilled to announce the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Programme, an extraordinary opportunity for talented students from Africa to pursue fully funded Master’s degrees at one of the world’s most prestigious institutions. Established in 2022, this program aims to empower the next generation of African leaders by fostering transformative change, climate resilience, and sustainability.
About the Foundation Scholarship Programme
The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Programme at the University of Cambridge is set to enroll over 500 Scholars from various African countries between 2023 and 2030. These Scholars will have the privilege of choosing from a wide range of Master’s courses offered by the University of Cambridge. The mission of this initiative is clear: to create a network of young leaders capable of driving sustainable change across the African continent.
This scholarship initiative covers a comprehensive array of disciplines at the University of Cambridge.
Benefits of the Foundation Scholarship
As a Mastercard Foundation Scholar at the University of Cambridge, you will enjoy a range of incredible benefits, including:
- Fully Funded Education: Your tuition fees and other essential expenses will be covered, ensuring that you can focus on your studies without financial worries.
- Monthly Maintenance Allowance: You will receive a monthly allowance to cover your living expenses during your time at the University.
- Visa and Travel Costs: The programme will assist with visa and travel expenses, making your journey to Cambridge hassle-free.
- Laptop Allowance: You will receive an allowance to help you acquire the necessary technology, ensuring you have the tools you need for your studies.
- Cohort-Wide Induction Programme: Scholars will benefit from a comprehensive induction program, requiring early arrival in Cambridge before the start of the course. This program will help you acclimate to your new academic environment and connect with fellow Scholars.
- Mentorship and Support: Throughout your time at Cambridge, you will have access to mentorship and support programs to guide and enhance your academic journey.
- Alumni Network: As a Mastercard Foundation Scholar, you will become part of a dynamic alumni network that provides ongoing support and opportunities for collaboration.
To be considered for this life-changing scholarship, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Citizenship: You must be a citizen of an African country.
- Residency: You should be ordinarily resident in an African country unless you can demonstrate a temporary absence for study or work with a clear intention to return or if you have been displaced.
- Course: You must apply for a Master’s course of up to one year in length at the University of Cambridge.
The application process is straightforward and consists of two key steps:
- Course Admission: Begin by applying for admission to the University of Cambridge via the course directory. Ensure you complete this step by the funding deadline of the course. Course Directory Link
- Scholarship Application: The scholarship application is integrated into the course application process. As part of this process, you will be asked to provide a supplementary statement that highlights your personal commitment to contributing to climate-resilient and sustainable futures for Africa.
Application Deadline (for courses with a 5th of December deadline): 5th December 2023. Application Deadline (for courses with a 5th of January deadline): 5th January 2024. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to be part of a transformative network of young African leaders. Apply now and become a Mastercard Foundation Scholar at the University of Cambridge. For more details, click here.
Become a part of shaping a sustainable and resilient future for Africa and the world.