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Mastercard Foundation 2021-2022 Online Scholarship at the University of Edinburgh, UK

If you are a graduate, or are soon to graduate, as a Mastercard Foundation Scholar from a Mastercard Foundation partner institution, find out more about applying to study a postgraduate qualification online.

Gaining an Online Masters is an excellent way to earn a qualification which is equivalent to on-campus study, while at the same time continuing to work flexibly and live at home. Online Masters qualifications though the University of Edinburgh are fully equivalent to Masters degrees taught on campus.

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

On top of financial support, Scholars will participate in activities as part of the wider Scholars Program with the University of Edinburgh,

including regular online workshops with our scholars, online coaching and support, and the opportunity to attend regional scholar-led workshops and events.

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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 Masters Scholarship


Aim and Benefits of Mastercard Foundation Masters Scholarship

  1. The scholarship will cover the full tuition fees and a small study stipend to allow for access to high-quality internet. The scholarship is designed to cover three-years of part-time online study.
  2. Students will receive comprehensive support to remove barriers to study in Edinburgh and will benefit from extracurricular opportunities including retreats and internships. The Scholars 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.

Requirements for Mastercard Foundation Masters Scholarship Qualification

In order to be eligible to apply for the scholarship, applicants must:

  1. You must be a graduate or be about to graduate as a Mastercard Foundation Scholar in a Mastercard Foundation partner institution. 
  2. Applicants must qualify academically for admission to the University of Edinburgh for a relevant degree programme listed above. You will generally need to have achieved the equivalent of a UK Second Class (Upper) Bachelors (Hons) degree. You can find out more about postgraduate entry requirements for your country or be in touch with us at [email protected].
  3. You must be a citizen of an African country (with the exception of Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco & Tunisia), whose personal circumstances would make accepting an online study offer from the University of Edinburgh difficult. Applications from Malawi, Ethiopia, Mauritius, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe are particularly welcome.
  4. You should demonstrate a track record of leadership and service within your community and former school/university.
  5. You must be able to present economic circumstances which show you lack financial means to pursue higher education in your home country or elsewhere
  6. Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of online degrees, and be able to show how they will approach the unique challenges and opportunities provided by online, part-time study.

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Application Deadline

March 15, 2021


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Mastercard Foundation on mcfspedinburgh.smapply.io to apply
  1. We invite graduate or graduating Mastercard Foundation Scholars to apply for online study with the University of Edinburgh.
  2. If the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program is the only scholarship you are interested in applying for at the University of Edinburgh, please apply for the Scholarship only.
  3. If you are also applying for other scholarships in the University of Edinburgh, please apply directly for the degree programme of your choice.

For more details, visit University of Edinburgh website



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