Deadline: 31 July 2023
The University of Cape Town has partnered with The Mastercard Foundation in its Global Scholars’ Program; an educational initiative that will provide young people from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, with leadership potential from developing countries in Africa with access to quality university education.
The scholarships ensure a premium educational package that will produce graduates whose qualifications are internationally recognized and locally applicable, and whose transition into the workforce is underpinned by values of engaged citizenship and social justice. The University of Cape Town invites applications for the award of a limited number of scholarships for full-time study for a postgraduate Masters degree in any discipline.
The scholarships will be granted on the basis of academic talent, financial need and leadership potential to students who intend to commence with their first year of registration for full-time postgraduate study, and who will register in 2024 at the University of Cape Town.
No applications will be considered from applicants who have previously registered and graduated with a Masters qualification. A strong expectation of the Program is that successful applicants who are awarded the Scholarship return to their home countries to invest their gained skills and education in their country’s social and economic growth
Academic programs in Engineering and the Built Environment, Commerce, Health Sciences, Humanities, Law, or Sciences faculties are eligible for this scholarship.
Value of the Scholarship
The scholarships will cover for the following:
Reimbursement of costs incurred for visa application processing
An economy class air ticket to Cape Town South Africa for awardees who are i) citizens and/or residents of an African country other than South Africa or ii) residing in South Africa but outside of Cape Town • Full tuition fees and international student fees
Accommodation in a student residence managed by the UCT Student Housing Admissions and Advocacy Services at UCT
Meals through the student housing system at UCT
Medical cover with a recommended medical aid service provider
A living stipend; to be used to cover ad hoc expenses pertaining to awardees’ studies
A book allowance to purchase the prescribed textbooks required for the degree programme
Costs related to community activities as prescribed by The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Cape Town
Access to an internship opportunity, career development and job placement assistance
An economy class air ticket home upon completion of studies, for awardees who are i) citizens of and/or residents of an African country other than South Africa or ii) residing in South Africa but outside of Cape Town
To be eligible for consideration for The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Cape Town, applicants must meet the following criteria:
Be a citizen of an African country
Be admitted to a postgraduate Masters study programme and preparing to commence with their first year of registration in the Engineering and the Built Environment, Commerce, Health Sciences, Humanities, Law, or Sciences faculties at UCT
Be from an economically disadvantaged background, demonstrate financial need, and leadership potential
Applicants who intend to register for a second Masters postgraduate degree at the same level are ineligible to apply for this scholarship
Applicants who have previously registered for Masters postgraduate degree at any higher learning institution are ineligible to apply for this scholarship
Applicants must have applied and received a firm offer to study at UCT (for the 2024 academic year)
Applicants must come from an economically disadvantaged background
Applicants must demonstrate leadership potential and must have acted in a leadership capacity
Applicants must meet the set academic criteria (see no.3 below)
No applications for Undergraduate, Honours, Postgraduate Diploma, MBA and PhD studies will be accepted or considered for the 2024 Scholar intake to the Program
In order to apply for The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, applicants must first apply to the University of Cape Town for academic study and placement. Only applicants, who have applied for academic study and placement to UCT, can submit an application for a Mastercard Foundation scholarship. The admission requirements for postgraduate study vary from one programme to another. Consult the faculty concerned directly in order to find out what is required for the course or degree that you want to take.
To apply for a Mastercard Foundation scholarship at the University of Cape Town, applicants will need to visit The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at The University of Cape Town website. On the home page, click the ‘APPLY’ button image which will direct the applicant to The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at The University of Cape Town online scholarship application form.
Carefully refer to the Terms of Reference and Conditions of Award document for Masters by Coursework and Research applicants, prior to completing the scholarship application form.
Alternatively, request information on how to apply for a Mastercard Foundation scholarship from The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program: Program Coordinator at email@example.com (telephone number +27 (0) 21 650 3601). Applicants are advised to work closely with The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program: Program Coordinator whilst preparing and submitting an application for a Mastercard Foundation scholarship.
Please ensure that all application forms and supporting documentation are legible. Fill out as much detail as possible and provide supporting documents as requested in the online scholarship application form to substantiate the application. Do not hesitate to contact The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program: Program Coordinator with queries or requests for assistance to complete the scholarship application form at firstname.lastname@example.org (telephone number +27 (0) 21 650 3601).