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

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

Deadline: May 31, 2021

Applications are open for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program (MCFSP) at the University of Gondar 2021/2022. The Graduate Scholars Program is designed to help Scholars to acquire transformational and leadership skills and demonstrate high professional and scholarly competencies to effectively influence global, regional, national and local socioeconomic development trends.

The MCFSP at the University of Gondar will award a total of 160 graduate scholarships for eight years. The scholarship will directly benefit academically talented but disadvantaged youth from five East African countries – Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea, Djibouti and South Sudan. The Program is technically and financially supported by Mastercard Foundation and will avail excellent academic and nonacademic support to Scholars during their stay at University of Gondar.


  • The scholarship covers the full cost of tuition, accommodation/boarding, a stipend and additional expenses such as books.
  • The scholarship also includes academic, financial and social support to help awardees develop into capable leaders in their communities, and experiential activities such as summer camps.


Graduate scholarships are open for an applicants who intend to be a full-time student at the University of Gondar.

Applicants must:

  • Have earned a Bachelor’s degree in a discipline relevant to their proposed graduate program from recognized University using English as a medium of instruction in the past 5 years with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) at graduation;
  • Be citizen and permanent resident of Somalia, Eritrea, South Sudan and Djibouti (and residents of the respective countries for at least five years at the time of their application);
  • Be Youth applicants with disabilities;
  • Female applicants with economic but have financial difficulty to finance graduate university education.

Graduate applicants must be in or applying to one of the following programs:

  • Law
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Physiotherapy
  • Nursing
  • Gender and development studies
  • Development and environmental management studies
  • Optometry
  • Public health


The application form must be accompanied by the following documents:

  • A medical paper signed by the Health/Hospital Board attesting to your disability type and degree, if you have been assessed by a health professional;
  • Completed and signed Scholarship Application Form;
  • Detailed resume of academic, non‐academic and volunteer work;
  • All elementary, high school and university transcripts/student copy;
  • Two letters of recommendations from previous universities;
  • National and/or resident identification card, or passport;
  • Testimonials regarding their economic disadvantage (for Kebele/Woreda Administrator);
  • Letter from District Police Office regarding their criminal record; and,
  • Testimonial about voluntary community giveback and leadership.

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For more information, visit MCFSP.