Fully Funded Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program in South Africa, 2020

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.
The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program (MCFSP) at the University of Pretoria (UP) for full-time postgraduate study is open to students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree and are residents or citizens of an African country. This Program targets academically qualified, yet economically disadvantaged, young people in Africa who will go back to contribute to the transformation of their countries. Applicants should not already be in possession of a Masters Degree/ Qualification.
Opportunity Focus 
Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Food Science and Technology
Agricultural Economics / Business Management
Animal Science
Plant Pathology
Applied Plant and Soil Sciences
Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences
Accounting Sciences
Financial Sciences
Agribusiness Management
Faculty of Humanities 
Humanities PolSci (Political Studies)
PolSci (International Studies)
Faculty of Engineering – continuing students are eligible to apply
Industrial Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Electronic Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Mining Engineering

Scholarship Coverage

The MasterCard Foundation scholarship is a fully funded scholarship for Africans. It will cover:
Full tuition fees
Accommodation and meals in a UP residence or UP-accredited accommodation
A modest monthly stipend
Textbooks and printed material
Medical aid cover for the duration of the study
VISA costs
Reasonable travel costs (including flight ticket) to and from your home
Leadership development opportunities
Academic advising and counseling support


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