Pretoria University MasterCard Scholarships (Masters) 2021 for African Students | Apply

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The University of Pretoria (UP) in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation (MCF) is currently offering scholarships for high achieving African students interested in studying at postgraduate levels, commencing in January 2021.

Application Deadline: 31st August 2020

Eligible Countries: African countries (Except Southern African countries)

To be taken at (country): South Africa

Fields of Study:

Postgraduate Study Programmes
Master’s degree applicants

Watch Tutorial: How to Apply to Win the MasterCard Foundation Scholarship

About the Award:

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program (MCFSP) targets academically talented yet economically disadvantaged young people in Africa who will contribute to the transformation of the continent through their knowledge, skills, attitudes and values evidenced by their leadership. Community service and internships are essential components of the Program.

The MCFSP offers a full scholarship to selected students who have been provisionally admitted to study towards a postgraduate degree at UP.

Graduates must return to their home countries on completion of their studies and give back to their communities.

Type: Masters (Taught)


Candidates should be citizens from Sub-Saharan African country.
Applicants should come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and demonstrate financial neediness.
Candidates should demonstrate leadership potential and ought to be involved in a giving back project eg. in a community, at school, church etc
Academic excellence is paramount and students have to maintain a high academic average at all times.
Candidates need to be first time applicants as first year students in the degree programme
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Selection Criteria: Selection will focus on prior academic achievement, but also on the fit of the applicant to the ethos of the Program, which is focused on leadership and community development for Africa in addition to academic success. Successful applicants must be committed to completing their qualifications in minimum time, returning to their home countries and giving back to their communities.

Number of Awardees: Several

Value of Scholarship: The Program will cover the following:

Full tuition fees
Accommodation in a UP residence


Books and printed material
A modest monthly stipend
Medical aid (Ingwe only)

Travel costs (one return trip for the duration of the study period)
Cost of one visa application for the duration of the study period.

Duration of Scholarship: Period of degree

How to Apply:

Students who are interested in studies at the University of Pretoria and wish to apply for The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program must follow the application processes in the Scholarship webpage (See in Link below)

Visit Scholarship Webpage for details

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