Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Edinburgh 2021/2022 (Fully-funded)

Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Edinburgh 2021/2022 (Fully-funded)

Deadline: October 30, 2020

Applications are invited for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Edinburgh 2021/2022. The Scholars Program at the University of Edinburgh will provide postgraduate scholarships to students from Africa with great academic and leadership potential but few educational opportunities.

Students will receive comprehensive support to remove barriers to study in Edinburgh and will benefit from extracurricular opportunities including retreats and internships. The Scholars Program aims to build the abilities and talents of each student so they can make a difference to their home countries and communities on their return. 

Scholarships are available for the following postgraduate programs: 

  • MSc Africa and International Development
  • MSc Environment and Development
  • MSc Global Health Policy
  • MA Design for Change 
  • MSc Sustainable Energy Systems
  • MSc Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • MSc Finance, Technology and Policy 
  • MSc Food Security 
  • MSc Design Informatics


  • 21 scholarships are available for the 2021/22 academic year, which will cover the full tuition fees and expenses for accommodation and maintenance.


  • Applicants must have graduated no later than September 2020;
  • Applicants must be a resident and citizen of a Sub-Saharan African country. Applicants currently residing outside of this region for education reasons only can still apply;
  • Applicants must demonstrate a track record of leadership and service within their community;
  • Applicants are able to present economic circumstances which show they lack financial means to pursue higher education in their home country or elsewhere;
  • Applicants must want to study one of the eligible degree programmes at the University of Edinburgh;
  • Applicants must qualify academically for admission to the degree programme of their choice;
  • Applicants should not have completed a postgraduate degree previously and should not be enrolled at a separate university while on scholarship.


If you apply for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program please apply for the scholarship first. If you are successful in the scholarship process, the team will support you to apply for admission to your chosen degree programme.

Applications for 2021 entry are now open and will close on October 30, 2020 at 2pm UK time.

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For more information, visit Mastercard Foundation.