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UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA MASTERCARD FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Apply for the University of Pretoria Mastercard Foundation Scholarship Program

Deadline: 31 October 2021

About the Mastercard Foundation Scholarship

The University of Pretoria (UP) in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation (MCF) is currently offering scholarships for high achieving African students interested in studying at postgraduate levels, commencing in January 2022.

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program (MCFSP) targets academically talented yet economically disadvantaged young people in Africa who will contribute to the transformation of the continent through their knowledge, skills, attitudes and values evidenced by their leadership. Community service and internships are essential components of the Program. The MCFSP offers a full scholarship to selected students who have been provisionally admitted to study towards a postgraduate degree at UP. Graduates must return to their home countries on completion of their studies and give back to their communities.

What The MasterCard Foundation Scholarship cover?

If your MCFSP application is successful the Program will cover the following:

  • Full tuition fees
  • Accommodation in a UP residence
  • Meals
  • Books and printed material
  • A modest monthly stipend
  • Medical aid
  • Travel costs (one return trip for the duration of the study period)
  • Cost of one visa application for the duration of the study period.

Closing dates for applications

Applications to study at the UP open on 1 March 2021 and close on 31 August 2021. Applications for the MCFSP open on 1 May 2021 and close on 31 October 2021. Selection will focus on prior academic achievement, but also on the fit of the applicant to the ethos of the Program, which is focused on leadership and community development for Africa in addition to academic success. Successful applicants must be committed to completing their qualifications in minimum time, returning to their home countries and giving back to their communities.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates should be citizens from Africa.
  • Applicants should come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and demonstrate financial neediness.
  • Candidates should demonstrate leadership potential and ought to be involved in a giving back project eg. in a community, at school, church etc
  • Academic excellence is paramount and students have to maintain a high academic average at all times.  

University of Pretoria Application Process

UP Application Process

Applications to study at UP opens on 1st March and closes on the 30th August of the year proceeding the year of study.

Students who are interested in studies at the University of Pretoria and wish to apply for The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program must follow the application process.

Step 1

Apply online at www.up.ac.za/apply. Alternatively, you can submit a hard copy of your application form. For more information, dial +27 (0)12 420 4297/6621 or send an email to:

mcfsp@up.ac.za for undergraduates and postgraduates enquiries.

Step 2

After your application has been submitted, it will be evaluated by members of the relevant faculty. The faculty will inform you whether you have been admitted.

Step 3

Once you have been admitted, please contact mcfsp@up.ac.za to commence the process to apply for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program immediately.

Step 4

Successful Mastercard Foundation Scholars should have a passport to enable them to apply for a visa promptly.

Please visit the ISD website at www.up.ac.za/isd for general information for international students.

MasterCard Foundation Scholarship Application Process

Application for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program can only be submitted after a candidate has been provisionally admitted to study at the University of Pretoria. Provisionally an admission letter will be required.

Step 1

Download the hard copy of the postgraduate application form below.

Step 2

Submit your MCFSP application form to mcfsp@up.ac.za for postgraduates together with ALL supporting documents as stated on the first page of the application form.

There are no undergraduate scholarships.

Mastercard Foundation Scholarship DOWNLOADS (Application Form)

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