Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program 2021/2022 for Online Masters Study at the University of Edinburgh

Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program 2021/2022 for Online Masters Study at the University of Edinburgh

Deadline: March 15, 2021

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

Gaining an Online Masters is an excellent way to earn a qualification which is equivalent to on-campus study, while at the same time continuing to work flexibly and live at home. Online Masters qualifications though the University of Edinburgh are fully equivalent to Masters degrees taught on campus.

Scholarships are available for the following postgraduate programs:

  • MSc International Development
  • MSc Global Health Policy
  • MSc Global Food Security and Nutrition
  • MSc Carbon Management
  • MSc Social Justice and Community Action
  • MSc Data Science, Technology and Innovation
  • MSc Digital Education
  • MSc One Health


  • The scholarship will cover the full tuition fees and a small study stipend to allow for access to high-quality internet. The scholarship is designed to cover three-years of part-time online study.
  • On top of financial support, Scholars will participate in activities as part of the wider Scholars Program with the University of Edinburgh, including regular online workshops with their scholars, online coaching and support, and the opportunity to attend regional scholar-led workshops and events.


  • You must be a graduate or be about to graduate as a Mastercard Foundation Scholar in a Mastercard Foundation partner institution.
  • Applicants must qualify academically for admission to the University of Edinburgh for a relevant degree programme. You will generally need to have achieved the equivalent of a UK Second Class (Upper) Bachelors (Hons) degree.
  • You must be a citizen of an African country (with the exception of Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco & Tunisia), whose personal circumstances would make accepting an online study offer from the University of Edinburgh difficult. Applications from Malawi, Ethiopia, Mauritius, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe are particularly welcome.
  • You should demonstrate a track record of leadership and service within your community and former school/university.
  • You must be able to present economic circumstances which show you lack financial means to pursue higher education in your home country or elsewhere.
  • Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of online degrees, and be able to show how they will approach the unique challenges and opportunities provided by online, part-time study.


Applications for September 2021 entry to the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Edinburgh open on  February 1, 2021 at 10.00 (GMT) and close at 16:00 (GMT) on March 15, 2021.

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For more information, visit Mastercard Foundation.