Application Deadline: 7 December 2023 (5pm UK time)
The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Edinburgh aims to bridge the gap in access to quality education, particularly for students from Africa. This program offers postgraduate online scholarships, covering not only full tuition fees but also providing a modest study stipend to ensure students have access to high-quality internet connectivity. It’s a comprehensive package designed to support scholars throughout their educational journey.
One distinctive feature of this scholarship is that it’s tailored for part-time online study, making it even more accessible for students who need to balance their academic pursuits with other commitments. This three-year commitment to supporting online education demonstrates the program’s dedication to fostering the next generation of African leaders.
To be considered for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Edinburgh, applicants must meet specific eligibility criteria, including:
- Academic qualification for admission to a relevant degree program at the University of Edinburgh.
- Having faced significant barriers to education (social, financial, personal, practical, or health-related).
- Graduation from an undergraduate program by September 2023, with a degree certificate and official final transcript.
- Residency in a Sub-Saharan African country.
- A track record of leadership and community service.
- A demonstrated commitment to making a meaningful impact on addressing the climate crisis.
- Age of 35 or under as of September 1, 2024.
- Not having previously completed a postgraduate degree or being enrolled in another university while on the Mastercard Foundation Scholarship.
The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Edinburgh offers a wide array of postgraduate opportunities, both in the form of online Master’s programs and online Postgraduate Diplomas. Let’s take a closer look at some of the programs available:
Online Master’s Programs
Online Postgraduate Diplomas
Postgraduate diplomas are aimed at those who are considering a potential change in their careers and tend to be more vocational.
Candidates with either an undergraduate or Master’s degree from a Sub-Saharan African university are equally able to apply (provided they will graduate from either degree by September 2023 and provide their degree certificates and transcripts by 7 December.
The scholarship is designed to cover two years of part-time online study for the following programmes ONLY:
Application timeline 2023/24
23 October 2023 (10am UK time)Applications open1 December 2023 (5pm UK time)Applicants need to have completed registration to scholarship application site, and completed the eligibility assessment and declaration.7 December 2023 (5pm UK time)Applications closeEarly February 2024Online Distance Learners (ODL) Interview shortlisting begins; both successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified.Mid to Late February 2024ODL interviews take placeBy mid MarchODL Interview outcomes will be announcedMarch – July 2024Support provided through admissions processesSeptember 2024Academic program startsSelection Process
The selection process for applications is based on the following criteria:
- Academic merit of the candidate that qualifies for admissions to the University of Edinburgh
- Track record as a transformative leader and service within their community
- Quality of application in line with the Scholars Program theme of climate justice.
- Potential impact on the development of the applicant’s home country.
- Applicants who have faced significant barriers to education (social, financial, personal, practical or health related).
How to apply
You must qualify academically for admission to the University of Edinburgh. We require that applicants apply for this scholarship before applying to the University.
The Scholars Program will not accept applications submitted outside the online application system.
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