Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Edinburgh 442 views

Type of Funding

Fully funded




The University of Edinburgh is inviting students from Africa who wish to gain admission to undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses in AY 2019/2020, to apply for scholarships under the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, which aims to provide scholarships to students from Africa with great academic and leadership potential but few educational opportunities. It is also a comprehensive and holistic program to support a generation of transformative leaders to make positive change in their local and global communities.

Under the postgraduate programme, eligible programmes of study for the scholarships are:

  • MSc Africa and International Development
  • MSc Environment and Development
  • MSc Global Health Policy
  • LLM Human Rights
  • MA Design for Change
  • MSc Sustainable Energy Systems
  • MSC Carbon Finance


Thirty undergraduate and 10 postgraduate scholarships are available for AY 2019/2020, which will cover the full tuition fees and expenses for accommodation and maintenance.

On top of financial support, Scholars will participate in activities as part of the wider Scholars Program at the University of Edinburgh including a series of summer schools, project-based placements, mentorship, and activities during each academic year.


Applicants must be residents and citizens of a Sub-Saharan African country, who lack financial means to pursue higher education in their home country or elsewhere. Applicants have to have a track record of leadership and service within their community.

For an undergraduate (Bachelors) scholarship, applicants must qualify academically for admission to the University of Edinburgh in any course except Medicine and Vet Medicine. They need to have achieved their school-leaving qualifications in the last 3 years prior to entry date – which means, for 2019 entry, the qualifications must have been achieved from 2016 onwards. Those who have completed an undergraduate degree previously are ineligible.

For a postgraduate scholarship, applicants must qualify academically for admission to of the abovementioned eligible Masters degree courses. Those who have completed a postgraduate degree previously are ineligible.


Applications are to be done online by 30 November 2018.

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