New scholarships for students from Sub-Saharan Africa

The MasterCard Foundation has just announced a six-year, USD$8.2 million (around €7.6 million) partnership with Sciences Po, to offer 120 bright, next-generation leaders from African countries a world-class social sciences education at one of Europe’s leading universities.
 
Open to both English-speaking and French-speaking candidates, the partnership will increase the options available to students from Francophone Africa to study in their language of choice through The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program.

Full scholarships for undergraduate, graduate and Summer School study at Sciences Po

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Sciences Po will benefit talented students from Sub-Saharan Africa facing significant entry barriers to higher education. Full scholarships will be awarded for study in the Europe-Africa Program at the Sciences Po Undergraduate College (20 scholarships) as of September 2017, and in a Master’s program at one of Sciences Po’s seven graduate schools (40 scholarships) as of September 2018. 60 scholarships will also be offered to MasterCard Foundation Scholars from other universities who want to enrol in the Sciences Po Summer School.

Resources to help Scholars launch meaningful careers

Sciences Po will also provide a new suite of resources for Scholars transitioning from education to employment. The suite will include an online African careers fair and access to the University Entrepreneurship Incubator, allowing Scholars to take advantage of its substantial network of employers and alumni working in African countries and of Sciences Po’s own entrepreneurial landscape. This will complement and build on the work of the Africa Careers Network, a job-matching service and platform implemented by African Leadership Academy and seeded by the MasterCard Foundation.

A new stage in the Sciences Po-Africa relationship

Africa-related activities at Sciences Po bring together a community of 800 students, 80 faculty and teaching professionals, 20 scholars and PhD students, and over 600 alumni working in Africa. Sciences Po has over 20 partnerships with African universities, and has already begun adding to these with other institutions in the Scholars Program network.
 
As a new partner in The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program, Sciences Po has committed to more than doubling the number of African high schools reached by its recruiters – from 30 in 2015 to over 70 by 2017 – and will focus on countries currently underrepresented in the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program, particularly Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal and Madagascar.
 
With the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program, Sciences Po joins a global network of 28 partner organisations committed to ensuring that all young people, no matter their starting point in life, have an equal chance to obtain a quality education and pursue their aspirations. The Program provides education and leadership development for nearly 35,000 bright, young leaders with a deep personal commitment to changing the world around them. These young people will create change that matters within their communities and will usher in a new era of inclusive prosperity in Africa and beyond.

Applications to the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program

The first undergraduate scholarships will be awarded in September 2017. More information on eligibility, how to apply, and the selection process is available on the Sciences Po Financial Aid website. Sciences Po will hold information sessions in South Africa and Kenya in March 2017, and in Senegal, Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire in May 2017. Sciences Po will announce the dates on its website.
 
Related links

A week to go until the 2017 Graduations!

A week to go until the 2017 Graduations!

Celebrate. Share. Inspire. These are the watchwords for the graduation ceremonies to be held at the Maison de Radio France in Paris on Friday, 30 June and Saturday, 1 July, for more than 1,800 graduating students and their families. The ceremonies will be broadcasted on our Livestream channel. Follow the ceremonies on Twitter #scpograd2017

More
Five key figures on the Welcome Refugees programme

Five key figures on the Welcome Refugees programme

Since March 2016, Sciences Po has been taking an annual cohort of asylum-seeking or refugee students. Originally a student-led initiative, Welcome Refugees has now become a fully-fledged programme in partnership with the NGO Wintegreat. Sciences Po will be welcoming its third cohort this fall—an opportunity to take stock of the programme's progress with five key figures.

More
The Paris Agreement: what can we expect from the US?

The Paris Agreement: what can we expect from the US?

On June 13th, the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) welcomed Sue Biniaz, adjunct professor at Columbia Law School and the US State Department’s former lead climate attorney, to Sciences Po. Having played a key role in international climate negotiations, such as COP21 and the Paris Agreement, she delivered her analysis on what we can expect today from the US following the announcement to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.

More
Redefining the Field of History

Redefining the Field of History

How does one tell the history of any given country or actor?  What role should social processes have in the discussion and analysis of international relations and politics? What is the significance of collaboration among historians?
 
Watch Professor Gienow-Hecht discuss the recent controversy and debate among historians as well as current developments and innovations in the field. 
 
More

REINVENTING THE WORLD

REINVENTING THE WORLD

Between May 31st and June 4th, 600 students from around the world gathered at Sciences Po to rethink international relations by taking part in the Paris International Model United Nations (PIMUN) conference. This event, which takes place in Paris each year, was founded in 2011 by students from several universities including Sciences Po, HEC and the Sorbonne.

More
How Master in Advanced Global Studies students make the most of their professor

How Master in Advanced Global Studies students make the most of their professor

"It's interesting and stimulating for me, I hope it is for them too!" Lakhdar Brahimi, diplomat, former UN special envoy and iconic figure of international relations, is also a professor at the Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA). This year, the eminent professor agreed to take part in a slightly unusual exercise: to reverse the preparation for his Master in Advanced Global Studies course, letting the students structure it for him. They studied his career and his missions and submitted their questions to Mr. Brahimi before the course began. More

A new scholarship for Filipino students

A new scholarship for Filipino students

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) of the Philippines has signed an agreement with Sciences Po to finance at least ten full scholarships for Filipino students admitted to Sciences Po at graduate level. Each scholarship covers tuition fees, living expenses, health insurance, the visa application and a return airfare ticket. In addition, Sciences Po will help subsidise scholarship students’ tuition fees. More

First cohort graduates from the Dual BA programme with the University of British Columbia

First cohort graduates from the Dual BA programme with the University of British Columbia

The graduation ceremony took place on 24 May 2017 at the UBC Vancouver campus in Canada. This year’s graduating class, composed of 12 different nationalities, was congratulated by the Consul General of France, a Sciences Po alumnus, who presented each graduate with their Sciences Po diploma. Praising the students’ achievements, he noted the special relationship between Canada and France, now embodied in the graduating cohort.

More