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    The University of Cambridge MasterCard Foundation Scholar Program offers talented African students from remote and economically disadvantaged communities fully-funded opportunities to complete their Master’s degrees, develop as transformative leaders, and support climate resilience and sustainability in the continent.

    The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program covers tuition costs as well as the cost of travel and visas, lodging, food, a laptop allowance, health insurance, and a living stipend. Additionally, it offers money for any accompanying dependent children.

    Scholarship Summary

    Host: University of Cambridge | MasterCard Foundation

    Study Abroad: Study in UK

    Category: Postgraduate Scholarships | Masters Scholarships

    Eligible Countries: All African Countries

    Reward: Full Scholarship | Stipends | Accommodation | Visa & Travel Allowance

    Deadline: January 5, 2023

    Details of the scholarship:

    Since addressing the climate crisis requires a range of expertise across both scientific/STEM disciplines and the arts, humanities, and social sciences, prospective Mastercard Foundation Scholars can apply to the majority of courses offered at the University* – see available programmes.

    Because a multidisciplinary approach to climate action and reaction is crucial, the Program teaches these scholars in a variety of academic areas, from the creative arts and writing to the social sciences to more scientific and technical disciplines.

    The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Cambridge will give scholars with support for travel to and from the UK in addition to full scholarship (fees and maintenance) (including visas, if needed).

    Conditions for Scholarships:

    In order to be eligible for the scholarship, you must:

    • must be a citizen of an African nation* and be able to show that their upbringing was economically underprivileged or marginalized.
    • Unless you can demonstrate a temporary absence for study or job with the intention to return or unless you have been displaced**, you must be a regular resident in an African country.
    • Must be attempting to enroll in a one-year Master’s program at Cambridge University.
    • Prospective Scholars may apply in a variety of academic fields. ***

    evidence will be required at a later stage of the Scholarship selection process.

    *** exceptions are the Master of Accountancy, Business Administration, Master of Corporate Law, Master of Finance, MASt, MSts.

    Scholarship Duration and Compensation

    This grant covers tuition, living expenses, and other costs in full for master’s students (for e.g. travel, visa costs and the immigration health surcharge).

    Method of Application

    Step one:

    (a) Apply for admission to the University via the course directory by the funding deadline for your chosen course of study and indicate that you wish to apply for funding (the deadline will either be 1 December 2022 or 5 Jan 2023 – check the course directory for the relevant funding deadline.

    (b) Applying for a Master’s course requires payment of a £50 fee before you can submit your application. However, the fee is automatically waived for many African countries – refer to the list in Section 3 – Overseas applicants. If you are from a country that does not automatically receive a fee waiver and the fee would present a financial barrier for you, you can apply for a manual waiver of this fee – please complete the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Fee Waiver Form and return it, with the required evidence attached to mastercardscholarship@admin.cam.ac.uk You should complete this step before you submit your application through the Applicant Portal.


    You must submit your fee waiver form at least five working days before the course deadline (by November 25, 2022) if your application has a financing deadline of December 1, 2022;

    If your funding deadline is 5 January 2023, you must submit your fee waiver form by 19 December 2022; if your funding deadline is 5 January 2023, you must have finished the form by 5 January 2023.

    Step two:

    Anyone who wishes to apply for the Mastercard foundation needs to complete the separate Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program application form stating how you meet the eligibility criteria as soon as possible and by 5 January 2023 at the latest.

    You will need to have first submitted your course application via the Applicant Portal above to receive a unique ‘Application Number’ that you will need to enter on the scholarship application form.

    Please be aware that in order to be given consideration for a scholarship, applicants must first get a conditional offer of admission from the university.

    Your application and enrollment in the program-related data will be saved and anonymized for use in assessing the effects and efficiency of the Program.


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