Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) Mastercard Foundation Scholars Entrepreneurship Fund (SEF) 2019

Application Deadline: 15th May, 2019

FAWE invites applications for grants to support the Scholars Entrepreneurship initiatives under the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Entrepreneurship Fund (SEF) that will be implemented from March 2019 to March 2021.

The SEF aims at nurturing creative and innovative Scholars’ business ideas to enable them productively and positively contribute to socio-economic development of their communities/countries. The project will be implemented in Rwanda and administered by FAWE Rwanda. The target group is the FAWE-Mastercard Foundation Scholars and alumni at tertiary education levels in Rwanda.

Scholars Entrepreneurship Fund (SEF) is a grant established by the Mastercard Foundation in response to Scholars’ and partner institutions’ request for scholars/community livelihood enhancement. SEF integrates Scholars in all processes ranging from design, execution and follow-up with the aim of transforming not only the individual Scholars but also the community at large. The proposed projectsare expected to continue beyond the funding phaseandas such, progress shall be reported to FAWE on a quarterlybasisfor a period of not less than five years or as shall be determined by FAWE.

The application period for the First Round (Round I) runs from 29th March, 2019 to 15th May, 2019.

The grant is supported by the Mastercard Foundation,administered by Forum for African Women Educationalist (FAWE) and implemented by FAWE Rwanda. The call targets Scholars and alumni at tertiary education levels.


A project lead who must:

Be a FAWE Mastercard Foundation ongoing Scholar at the University of Rwanda or INES-Ruhengeri

Be a Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Alumni

Have a business idea/project to be implemented in Rwanda

Submit only one business idea/project per round.

Submission of for a business idea/project will be by an individual or by a small group (max.5 members which may also include not more than 2 non-Scholars at their university). The funding period runs from March 2019 to March 2021 with possible funding for any single project ranging from a minimum of USD 500 to a maximum of USD 5,000.

How to Apply:

All applications must be submitted through an online application form provided.
Applications through other mechanisms will neither be accepted nor reviewed.
For every application, there must be a lead applicant to whom all communication related to the project shall be communicated.
To apply, the lead applicant must create an account or sign in as a representative of the business/project idea.


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – Scholars Entrepreneurship Fund

APPLICATION FORM – Scholars Entrepreneurship Fund

CONCEPT NOTE – Scholars Entrepreneurship Fund

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the FAWE Mastercard Foundation Scholars Entrepreneurship Fund 2019


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