Mastercard Foundation Scholar Program for Indigent African Students at Uni of Cape Town 2021

The University of Cape Town (UCT) in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation invites applications for the Mastercard Foundation Scholar Program for economically disadvantaged Africans for the 2021/22 academic year.

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at UCT provides full-cost scholarships to young Africans who are first-time undergraduate or postgraduate (honours and master’s) degree-seeking applicants. The scholarships ensure a premium educational package that will produce graduates whose qualifications are internationally recognized and locally applicable, and whose transition into the workforce is underpinned by values of engaged citizenship and social justice.

These scholarships cover the full period of study and are renewable annually subject to satisfactory performance and participation in the activities and opportunities offered by the programme. Successful candidates will be required to commit themselves to return to their home countries and to invest their gained skills and education in their country’s social and economic growth.

Worth of Award

  • Comprehensive financial assistance with visa applications, travel, tuition, living expenses, medical aid, and accommodation.
  • A relevant and recognized education through academic curricula aimed at producing graduates whose qualifications are internationally recognized and locally applicable.
  • Academic and peer mentor support – to ensure that each scholar successfully progresses academically.
  • An array of cultural and transition support and training aimed at academic and professional enrichment and assisting in the challenges facing university-going students.
  • Career and internship opportunities in Africa, service-learning, experiential learning – career guidance and support for transition to further study or the workforce.
  • Leadership development and training.
  • Alumni networks for further support.
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To be eligible for the Mastercard Foundation Scholar Program, candidates must be

  • Academically talented – value learning and are driven to complete their education.
  • Economically disadvantaged – facing significant financial barriers to completing their education.
  • Committed to giving back – investing in their communities, using the skills and knowledge that they have acquired.
  • Future leaders – committed to embracing ethical leadership and making a positive change in their home communities.
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How to Apply

All applications should be made online via the official website.

Deadline: September 30, 2021. 


Click here for more details and to apply