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RUFORUM MasterCard Foundation 2021 Scholarship For Young Africans

Mastercard Foundation has partnered with the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM; www.ruforum.org), a network of 138 universities in 38 African countries to Transform African Agricultural Universities (TAGDev) to meaningfully contribute to Africa’s growth and development

The aim of the partnership is to transform African agricultural universities and their graduates to better respond to developmental challenges through enhanced application of science, technology, business and innovation for rural agricultural transformation.

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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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RUFORUM/MCF Postgraduate Scholarship


Aim and Benefits of RUFORUM/MCF Postgraduate Scholarship

Students enrolled under this scholarship program will receive comprehensive scholarships, leadership development, life skills support, entrepreneurship training and mentorship and exposure to community engagement. For the academic year 2021/2022, thirty (30) Master’s Scholarships are available, of which 50% will be for Kenya and Uganda nationals. Fifty percent (50%) of the scholarships will be awarded female applicants.


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Requirements for RUFORUM/MCF Postgraduate Scholarship Qualification

  1. Be a national of Kenya and Uganda to benefit from the national respective scholarship quota
  2. Be a citizen of any African country to benefit from the Africa region scholarship quota 
  3. Be from economically disadvantaged, marginalized communities, coming from conflict and post conflict areas. 4
  4. Be less than 30 years by the deadline of the application.
  5. The applicant should meet admission criteria to eligible programs in the University of choice (Egerton University or Gulu University). Continuing students are NOT eligible.
  6. For admission into the two universities, one must have completed a relevant Bachelor Degree with a second class honours, upper division. 
  7. Demonstrate interest in agriculture, agribusiness and entrepreneurship. 
  8. Demonstrate commitment to leadership.
  9. Have commitment to working in agriculture, agricultural value chains and rural development.
  10. Have a strong commitment to community engagement and transformation.

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Documents Required for Application

To apply, candidates must be ready to submit the following documents;

  1. Application Form for Shaanxi Normal University International Student Scholarship (written in Chinese or English).
  2. Signed highest diploma (photocopy).
  3. Academic transcripts (written in Chinese or English).
  4. Research results: Published thesis, award certificates, etc. to prove their academic achievements and research capabilities.
  5. A Study Plan or Research Proposal (written in Chinese or English, a minimum of 800 words for master applicants and 1500 words for PhD applicants).
  6. Two Recommendation Letters (written in Chinese or English).
  7. Chinese HSK Certificate
  8. Photocopy of Passport Photo Page
  9. Signed No Criminal Activity Certificate (in English or Chinese)
  10. Foreigner Physical Examination Form (photocopy)


Application Deadline

March 31, 2021


How to Apply

Applications (for admission and scholarship) must be submitted to the respective university of choice. For admission at Gulu University, kindly use the university online platform. The deadline for submission of application is  31st March 2021 at 17:00 hours (GMT+3). Females are particularly encouraged to apply. For more information read the scholarship advert and the guidelines in the application form.

  1. Download  the Scholarship Advert 2021/2022 (English)
  2. Download RUFORUM Scholarship Application Form 2021
  3. Download Egerton University Postgraduate Application Form
  4. Apply online to Gulu University 

For more details, visit RUFORUM/MCF website



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