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Undergraduate Scholarship by Mastercard Foundation

Applications are now being accepted from eligible students of both Bachelor’s and Master’s level, for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Sciences Po 2019/2020 academic session. 

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Sciences Po aims to support 120 talented African students through their studies and to offer the next generation of leaders a world-class social science education, so they can go on to become changemakers in their home countries.

The scholarships are awarded for a period of three years for the Bachelor’s degree, two years for the Master’s degree and one month for the Summer School. Over six years (2017 – 2022), the Scholars Program will fund:

  • 20 scholarships to complete the Sciences Po Bachelor of Arts programme, Africa specialisation

  • 40 scholarships to complete a Master’s programme at one of our seven graduate schools

  • 60 scholarships reserved for Mastercard Foundation Scholars studying at other partner universities and who would like to attend Sciences Po Summer School.

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About Mastercard Foundation

The Mastercard Foundation seeks a world where everyone has the opportunity to learn and prosper. All people, no matter where their starting point in life, should have an equal chance to succeed. We believe that with access to education, financial services, and skills training, people can have that chance. Our focus is helping economically disadvantaged young people in Africa to find opportunities to move themselves, their families, and their communities out of poverty to a better life.... read more


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Mastercard Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship


Aim and Benefits of Mastercard Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship

Five full scholarships are offered for 2019 to cover all tuition fees and living costs. 

The scholarship is awarded for the duration of the Science Po Bachelor of Arts programme (three years) and only for the Europe-Africa specialisation (dual-degree programmes excluded) taught on the Reims campus.

The programme hinges on a multidisciplinary educational approach, offering a core curriculum in the social sciences - law, economics, history, political science, humanities and sociology - and a special focus on Africa. Students complete their third year on a university exchange at one of Sciences Po's partner universities in Africa.


Requirements for Mastercard Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship Qualification

  • You must be a resident and citizen of a Sub-Saharan African country
  • You must be in your final year of high school and not yet have started a post-secondary education
  • You must have a very good level of French and English – minimum level B2
  • You must study in one of the institutions partnered with Sciences Po for the programme and provide a letter of recommendation from this institution
  • You must demonstrate a track record of leadership and/or service within your community
  • You must be able to show that you lack financial means to pursue higher education

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Application Deadline

January 31, 2019


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Mastercard Foundation on www.sciencespo.fr to apply
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