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Sciences Po Mastercard Foundation Scholars Programme 2020/2021 for African Students

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.

Scholarships for the 2020/2021 academic year are awarded in collaboration with a network of partner institutions authorised to nominate candidates.\

Sciences Po is the first university in continental Europe to join the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program. Within this international network, 27 prestigious institutions in Africa, America and Europe are committed to ensuring that all young people, whatever their background, have the same opportunities to get a quality education and fulfil their potential.

Over six years (2017 – 2022), the Scholars Program will fund:

  1. 20 scholarships to complete the Sciences Po Bachelor of Arts programme, Africa specialisation
  2. 40 scholarships to complete a Master’s programme at one of our seven graduate schools
  3. 60 scholarships reserved for Mastercard Foundation Scholars studying at other partner universities and who would like to attend Sciences Po Summer School.

Application Deadlines:

  1. Master:
    1. Apply for the Scholarship before November 25, 2020
    2. Apply for your master before December 6, 2020
  2. Summer School:
    1. Apply for the Scholarship before January 31, 2021
    2. Apply to the Sciences Po Summer School before February 28, 2021

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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/Sciences Po Masters Scholarship


Aim and Benefits of Mastercard Foundation/Sciences Po Masters Scholarship

These scholarships cover the full cost of tuition fees at Sciences Po and living costs in France during the study .

As well as funding their studies, Sciences Po will offer scholars a specific suite of resources to ensure they have appropriate academic support and to facilitate their transition from education to employment:

  1. An orientation programme and individualised academic advising throughout their studies at Sciences Po
  2. A mentor programme offered in collaboration with the Africa Division of Sciences Po Alumni
  3. Career guidance and support: an online job platform dedicated to professional opportunities in Africa (internships and first jobs), access to our business incubator and the network of employers and alumni working in Africa, and specific career workshops.

Requirements for Mastercard Foundation/Sciences Po Masters Scholarship Qualification

The scholarships are awarded to students from sub-Saharan African countries with an outstanding academic record and strong leadership potential, but who face financial and other barriers to higher education.


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Documents Required for Application

  1. CV/Résumé

  2. Official academic transcript(s) (signed and/or stamped) for the entirety of your time in higher education (including periods spent abroad on exchange programmes).
  3. Language Test scores (where applicable)
  4. Two academic references.
  5. Official proof (signed and stamped) from your university, providing your undergraduate cumulative grade average (and your graduate cumulative grade average if applicable). 
  6. Articles or other texts which you have written or published (not mandatory).

One of the following documents may also be required depending on the programme:

  1. Professional reference
  2. GRE 
  3. GMAT
  4. A copy of your law degree, etc.


Application Deadline

Not Specified

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Mastercard Foundation/Sciences Po Summer School


Aim and Benefits of Mastercard Foundation/Sciences Po Summer School

13 full scholarships are offered for 2021 to candidates eligible for the scholarship and admitted to the Summer School.

Important: admission to the Summer School does not guarantee a scholarship award. In case of deferral of entry to the Summer School, the Mastercard Foundation scholarship award will be lost.


Requirements for Mastercard Foundation/Sciences Po Summer School Qualification

Eligible applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. You must be a citizen of a Sub-Saharan African country;
  2. You must currently be a Mastercard Foundation scholar at a Mastercard Foundation partner institution;
  3. You must demonstrate a track record of leadership and/or service within your community.

Candidates will be asked to:

  1. Give personal information;
  2. Attach a letter of recommendation from the partner institution supporting their application as well as a Mastercard Foundation Scholarship certificate;
  3. Provide information and proof concerning their educational and extra-curricular experiences.

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Documents Required for Application

  1. Personal information (name, address, etc.)
  2. Identity card or passport
  3. Identity photo
  4. Curriculum Vitae
  5. Academic background information: 
    1. Certificate of enrolment (if currently a student)
    2. Academic transcript (required for current students, recommended for graduates)
    3. Copy of previous diploma(s) obtained (if applicable)
  6. Professional background information (if applicable)
  7. Language level verification for candidates who are not native English speakers and/or who need to demonstrate their French level for the French language track.


Application Deadline

Not Specified


How to Apply

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

For more details, visit  Sciences Po website



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