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University of Edinburgh Mastercard Scholarship

Participating University

Full Scholarship

University of Edinburgh

Post-Graduate Degree


1 Dec 2023 17:00 (GMT)




Scholarship Description

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Edinburgh will provide postgraduate on-campus (Master's) and online scholarships (Master's & Diplomas) to students from Sub-Saharan Africa with proven academic and leadership potential who have access to few educational opportunities. The scholarships are available for the 2024/25 academic year.

In addition to the scholarship, MCF Scholars will participate in activities as part of the wider Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Edinburgh, including work-based placements, mentorships, and other activities during the academic year.


  • Applicants must qualify academically for admission to the University of Edinburgh for a relevant degree programme listed above. You will generally need to have achieved the equivalent of a UK Second Class (Upper) Bachelor’s (Hons) degree or higher. Find out more about the postgraduate entry requirements for your country

  • Applicants must have graduated from undergraduate study by December 2022 and must be in possession of a degree certificate and official, final transcript to upload alongside their application

  • Applicants must be residents and citizens of a Sub-Saharan African country

  • Applicants must be without the financial means to study oversees independently

  • We particularly welcome applications from female scholars, scholars from refugee and displaced backgrounds, and scholars with disabilities (see FAQs below for further information)

  • Applicants must demonstrate a track record of leadership and service within their community

  • If applying for the Masters programme: Applicants should not have previously completed a postgraduate degree and should not be enrolled (or apply to enrol) at a separate university whilst on the Mastercard Foundation Scholarship

  • If applying for the PG diploma: Applicants can either have an undergraduate or Master’s degree from a Sub-Saharan African university (provided they will graduate from either degree by December 2022). If you have a Master’s degree, our admissions team will review you first degree (undergraduate) to meet the post graduate diploma entry requirement. The MCF team will review your Master’s degree transcripts to confirm the graduation date and location of your University.

  • Applicants must be 35 or under on the 1 September 2023

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