Apply to the Scholars Program

Our partners manage the recruitment and selection of Mastercard Foundation Scholars.

The Scholars Program is implemented through our partner universities and non-governmental organizations. The application process and decision-making are managed individually by each partner. If you are interested in becoming a Scholar, you must apply through the university of your choice.

Partner institutions have their own deadlines and admission fees. We recommend that you research the application guidelines or contact the institution of your choice for more information. For schools that require application fees as part of the admissions process, the fees will be reimbursed if the student is selected for the Scholars Program.

Secondary Education

  • Camfed International

    Camfed works to break the cycle of poverty in Africa by educating and empowering girls and young women to become leaders of change.

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  • Equity Group Foundation

    Equity Group Foundation (EGF) is a not-for-profit implementing foundation based in Nairobi, Kenya that champions the social and economic transformation of the people of Africa.

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Undergraduate Studies

  • African Leadership Academy

    African Leadership Academy is a pan-African institution that seeks to identify, develop, and connect promising young leaders who will shape Africa’s future.

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  • American University of Beirut

    The vision of the Faculty of Health Sciences is to promote the health and well-being of populations through quality higher education.

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  • Ashesi University College

    Ashesi University College is a private, non-profit institution with a mission to educate a new generation of ethical, entrepreneurial leaders in Africa.

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  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)

    Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) advances knowledge in science and technology for sustainable development in Africa.

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  • Sciences Po

    Based in Paris, France, Sciences Po is an international research university ranking among the finest institutions in the fields of humanities and social sciences.

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  • University of Abomey-Calavi

    Créée en 1970, l’Université d’Abomey-Calavi est la plus ancienne et la plus grande université publique du Bénin. Avec une population estudiantine estimée à 85.000 inscrits pour l’année universitaire 2016–2017, l’Université est un véritable lieu du savoir ayant formé la majorité des élites de la nation béninoise.

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  • University of British Columbia

    The University of British Columbia is a place that inspires bold new ways of thinking, making it a leader in community service learning, sustainability, and research commercialization.

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  • University of Cape Town

    The University of Cape Town aspires to become a premier academic meeting point between South Africa, the rest of Africa, and the world. Taking advantage of expanding global networks and its distinct vantage point in Africa, the University of Cape Town is committed, through innovative research and scholarship, to grapple with the key issues of our natural and social worlds.

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  • University of Edinburgh

    The mission of the University of Edinburgh is the creation, dissemination, and curation of knowledge.

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  • University of Gondar

    Established in 1954 as the Public Health Training Institute, and known as the Gondar College of Medical Sciences until 2003, the University of Gondar is the oldest medical school in Ethiopia and was established with the philosophy of a team approach and community-based teaching of health professionals. With 25,000 students, the University of Gondar offers 70 undergraduate and 90 post-graduate programs.

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  • University of Pretoria

    The University of Pretoria is a multi-faculty, research-intensive university with campuses in Pretoria, its surrounds, and in the country’s economic hub, Johannesburg. The University is conveniently situated in close proximity to government departments and major research entities in Pretoria, including the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

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  • Wellesley College

    Since 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in providing an excellent liberal arts education to women who will make a difference in the world.

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Master's Studies

  • African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS)

    The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) is a pan-African network of centres of excellence for postgraduate education, research, and outreach in mathematical sciences.

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  • American University of Beirut

    The vision of the Faculty of Health Sciences is to promote the health and well-being of populations through quality higher education.

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  • Arizona State University

    Arizona State University is an institution committed to excellence, access, and impact. It pursues research that contributes to the public good.

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  • Carnegie Mellon University Africa

    With a century-long history that has hosted 19 Nobel laureates, Carnegie Mellon University is renowned as one of the world’s leading engineering institutions.

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  • McGill University

    McGill is an internationally diverse, leading Canadian postsecondary institution with a mission to advance learning through teaching, scholarship, and service to society.

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  • Sciences Po

    Based in Paris, France, Sciences Po is an international research university ranking among the finest institutions in the fields of humanities and social sciences.

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  • University of British Columbia

    The University of British Columbia is a place that inspires bold new ways of thinking, making it a leader in community service learning, sustainability, and research commercialization.

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  • University of Cape Town

    The University of Cape Town aspires to become a premier academic meeting point between South Africa, the rest of Africa, and the world. Taking advantage of expanding global networks and its distinct vantage point in Africa, the University of Cape Town is committed, through innovative research and scholarship, to grapple with the key issues of our natural and social worlds.

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  • University of Edinburgh

    The mission of the University of Edinburgh is the creation, dissemination, and curation of knowledge.

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  • University of Gondar

    Established in 1954 as the Public Health Training Institute, and known as the Gondar College of Medical Sciences until 2003, the University of Gondar is the oldest medical school in Ethiopia and was established with the philosophy of a team approach and community-based teaching of health professionals. With 25,000 students, the University of Gondar offers 70 undergraduate and 90 post-graduate programs.

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  • University of Pretoria

    The University of Pretoria is a multi-faculty, research-intensive university with campuses in Pretoria, its surrounds, and in the country’s economic hub, Johannesburg. The University is conveniently situated in close proximity to government departments and major research entities in Pretoria, including the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

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