Apply For Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program 2023 At University Of Cape Town (Fully-Funded)

Closing Date:March 31, 2023

Applications are open for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program 2023 at UCT. The University of Cape Town (UCT) has partnered with the Mastercard Foundation in its global Scholars’ Program: an educational initiative that provides academically talented young people from economically disadvantaged communities in Africa with access to quality university education.

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at UCT provides full-cost scholarships to young Africans who are first-time undergraduate or postgraduate (honours and master’s) degree-seeking applicants. The scholarships ensure a premium educational package that will produce graduates whose qualifications are internationally recognised and locally applicable, and whose transition into the workforce is underpinned by values of engaged citizenship and social justice.

In 2023 scholarship opportunities – Masters study programmes are available for students who intend to commence with their first year of registration for full- time postgraduate Masters by Coursework and Research studies.


The scholarship includes:

Comprehensive financial assistance with visa applications, travel, tuition, living expenses, medical aid and accommodation.

A relevant and recognised education through academic curricula aimed at producing graduates whose qualifications are internationally recognised and locally applicable.

Academic and peer mentor support – to ensure that each Scholar successfully progresses academically.

An array of cultural and transition support and training aimed at academic and professional enrichment and assisting in the challenges facing university going students.

Career and internship opportunities in Africa, service learning, experiential learning – career guidance and support for transition to further study or the workforce.

Leadership development and training.

Alumni networks for further support.


Be a citizen of an African country;

Be admitted to a full- time postgraduate Masters by Coursework and Research studies;

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.

Selection Criteria

Academically talented – value learning and are driven to complete their education.

Economically disadvantaged – facing significant financial barriers to completing their education.

Committed to giving back – investing in their communities, using the skills and knowledge that they have acquired.

Future leaders – committed to embracing ethical leadership and making a positive change in their home communities.


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.

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For more information, visit MCFSP at UCT.

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