Application Deadline: January 5, 2023
The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Cambridge is designed to provide talented students from economically marginalised and hard-to-reach communities in Africa with fully-funded opportunities to complete their Master’s training, grow in transformative leadership, and contribute to climate resilience and sustainability in Africa.
This is a full-cost award available to Master’s students, covering tuition fees, maintenance and expenses (for e.g. travel, visa costs and the immigration health surcharge). An allowance for dependant children joining a student in Cambridge is available.
- Must be a citizen of an African country* and demonstrate that they are from an economically marginalised, or economically disadvantaged, background.
- Must be ordinarily resident * in an African country unless you can show temporary absence for study/work with an intention to return or unless you have been displaced.**
- Must be applying for a one-year Master’s course at the University of Cambridge.
- Prospective Scholars can apply across a wide range of disciplines.***
* evidence will be required at a later stage of the Scholarship selection process.
** see for further information about support available to refugees at Cambridge University.
*** exceptions are the Master of Accountancy, Business Administration, Master of Corporate Law, Master of Finance, MASt, MSts.
The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program covers the cost of travel and visas, accommodation, meals, allowance for a laptop, health cover, and a living stipend – as well as tuition costs. It also provides an allowance for dependant children who may accompany a Scholar.
In addition to full funding (fees and maintenance), the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Cambridge will provide scholars with support for travel to and from the UK (including visas, if needed). In addition, Scholars will benefit from a cohort-wide induction programme, likely to require early arrival in Cambridge before the start of the course.
How to Apply for the 2023/2024 University of Cambridge Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program
(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 scholarship fee waiver form and return it, with the required evidence attached to [email protected] You should complete this step before you submit your application through the Applicant Portal.
- For applicants with a 1 December 2022 funding deadline, you need to submit your fee waiver form at least five working days before the course deadline (by 25 November 2022);
- For applicants with a 5 January 2023 funding deadline, you need to submit your fee waiver form by 19 December 2022;
- For applicants applying for a reimbursement of their application fee, you need to have completed the form by 5 January 2023.
Anyone who wishes to apply for the Mastercard funding needs to complete the separate Mastercard scholarship 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 note that applicants will have to be made a conditional offer of admission from the University in order to be considered for a Scholarship. For any queries, please write to [email protected]
For More Information:
Visit the Official Webpage of the University of Cambridge Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program