University of Edinburgh Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program 2018/2019 for study in Scotland (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline: 17:00 GMT on Thursday 30 November 2017

In partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, the University of Edinburgh will provide 200 full scholarships to students from Africa with great academic and leadership potential but few educational opportunities.

On top of the scholarship, the Scholars Program facilitates transformative leadership programming to inspire and support Scholars in making change change in their communities and countries on their return home.

Benefits:

  • The University of Edinburgh offers a fully funded academic and transformative leadership program for undergraduate and postgraduate students from Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Students will receive comprehensive support to remove barriers to study in Edinburgh and will benefit from extracurricular opportunities including summer schools and internships.
  • The program aims to build the abilities and talents of each student so they can make a difference to their home countries and communities on their return.

Undergraduate

The Scholars Program at the University of Edinburgh will provide 80 undergraduate scholarships to students from Africa with great academic and leadership potential but few educational opportunities.

  • 25 scholarships are available for the 2018/2019 academic year which will cover the full tuition fees and expenses for accommodation and maintenance.

Program Details

As well as receiving an excellent education at one of the top ranked universities in the world, Undergraduate Scholars will:

  • Receive comprehensive support, mentoring, and reflective opportunities through the Scholars Program:
  • Participate in UK and Africa based summer schools on transformative leadership;
  • Complete a course on African development;
  • Undertake a project-based placement in the UK and in Africa;
  • Receive support on their return to their home country; and
  • On graduation, 50% of Undergraduate Scholars will have the opportunity to complete a distance learning Masters degrees at The University of Edinburgh after their return to Africa.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must qualify academically for admission to the University of Edinburgh in any course except Medicine and Vet Medicine. This includes a high level of English language skills.  Applicants should apply directly to the Scholarship program – details in the sections below;
  • Applicants must be a resident and citizen of a Sub-Saharan African country, whose personal circumstances would make accepting an offer from The University of Edinburgh difficult.
  • Applications from Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe are particularly welcome;
  • Applicants should not have completed an undergraduate degree previously;
  • Applicants must demonstrate a track record of leadership and service within their community; and
  • Applicants are able to present economically disadvantaged circumstances and be able to show that they lack financial means from family or other sources to pursue post-secondary (university) education in their home country or elsewhere.

Value of the Scholarships

The scholarships will cover for the following:

  • Costs incurred for visa application processing;
  • Costs incurred for English language tests;
  • Economy class air tickets to and from Edinburgh for awardees who are citizens and residents of a Sub-Saharan country;
  • Full tuition fees at the Overseas rate;
  • University accommodation;
  • Meals through University accommodation (in the first year);
  • A general stipend to cover basic living costs, including an academic allowance towards prescribed textbooks, printing and school supplies.
  • Costs related to community activities as prescribed by the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program;
  • Access to project placement opportunities in Scotland and Africa; and
  • Participation in a summer school in Scotland and Africa.

Postgraduate

The Scholars Program at the University of Edinburgh will provide 60 postgraduate scholarships to students from Africa with great academic and leadership potential but few educational opportunities.

10 scholarships are available for the 2018/2019 academic year, which will cover the full tuition fees and expenses for accommodation and maintenance.

On top of financial support, Scholars will participate in activities as part of the wider Scholars Program (link) at the University of Edinburgh including work-based placements, mentorship, and other activities during the academic year.

Scholarships are available for the following postgraduate programs:

  • MSc Africa and International Development
  • MSc Environment and Development
  • MSc Global Health Policy
  • LLM Human Rights
  • MA Product Design
  • MSc Sustainable Energy Systems

Program Details

As well as receiving an excellent education at one of the top ranked universities in the world,
Postgraduate Masters Scholars will:

  • Receive comprehensive support, mentoring, and reflective opportunities through the Scholars Program;
  • Complete six courses followed by the production of a dissertation;
  • Participate in a Scholars Retreat designed to nurture transformative leadership skills; and
  • Undertake a work-based placement in their home region as part of their research which will include reflective learning.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must qualify academically for admission to the University of Edinburgh in one of the programmes listed above. This includes a high level of English language skills.  Applicants should apply directly to the Scholars Program.
  • Applicants must be a resident and citizen of a Sub-Saharan African country, whose personal circumstances would make accepting an offer from the University of Edinburgh difficult.
  • Applications from Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe are particularly welcome;
  • Applicants must demonstrate a track record of leadership and service within their community; and
  • They should be able to present economically disadvantaged circumstances and be able to show that they lack financial means from family or other sources to pursue post-secondary (university) education in their home country or elsewhere.

Preference will be given to candidates who have not already had the opportunity to study in Scotland. The scholarship is not available to students already on programme.

Value of the Scholarships

The scholarships will cover for the following:

  • Costs incurred for visa application processing;
  • Costs incurred for English language tests;
  • Economy class air tickets to and from Edinburgh for awardees who are citizens and residents of a Sub-Saharan country;
  • Full tuition fees at the Overseas rate;
  • University self-catered accommodation;
  • A food stipend to cover costs of food expenses;
  • A general stipend to cover basic living costs, including an academic allowance towards prescribed textbooks, printing and school supplies.
  • Costs related to community activities as prescribed by the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program;
  • Access to work-based placement opportunities and a small work-based placement fund; and
  • Participation in the Scholars Retreat.

Awards are tenable for the duration of the undergraduate programme of study, and at the end of the award candidates will be required to return to Africa.

Application:

Application Procedure

  • Applications for 2018 entry to the Mastercard Foundation Scholar Programs at the University of Edinburgh will open on Monday 9 October.
  • The deadline for all applications will be 17:00 GMT on Thursday 30 November.
  • All applicants must apply for the scholarship first through our online application form and, if successful, will be assisted in the process of applying for admission to the University.
  • Interviews via video or phone will be held during February and March 2018, with final decisions made by April. All successful applicants will join the Program in September 2018.
For More Information:Visit the Official Webpage of the University of Edinburgh Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program 

14 COMMENTS

  1. Good day
    kindly assist as I am having trouble locating the application page for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program 2018/2019 for study in Scotland (Fully Funded).

    regards
    Thabo

  2. Kindly assist i am having trouble in accessing the application for ,the masterCard scholarship link is not opening .i had begun the application but the link is no opening to enable me to continue with my application

  3. Thank you very much. I’ve applied already from Ghana, and i just realized specific countries in the sub-saharan are eligible to apply.. Will i be considered for the program since i’m from Ghana?

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