Apply to the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program

Scholarships for the 2018/2019 academic year are awarded in collaboration with a network of partner institutions authorised to nominate candidates. Only applicants studying in one of Sciences Po’s partner institutions can ask for a letter of recommendation.

Eligibility assessment

Candidates must apply online on the dedicated website. There are two steps to the application:

  • First, candidates provide personal information and a letter of recommendation from the Sciences Po partner institution which is supporting their application through the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program.
  • After this first step to assess eligibility, applicants receive an email inviting them to complete the rest of the application: information on their financial situation, their educational background and extra-curricular experiences, and their plans for the future.

Eligibility for the scholarship is determined in light of candidates' academic record and socio-economic situation.

Application fee waiver

Eligible candidates will receive email notification that they can apply online without having to pay the application fee.

Important: eligibility for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program does not guarantee admission to Sciences Po, which entails a separate application process.

Apply to Sciences Po

The application to Sciences Po is then assessed as per the standard admission procedure for the chosen programme: Bachelor's, Master's or Summer School.

Award of the scholarship

Applications for the Mastercard Foundation scholarship will be considered only for candidates admitted to Sciences Po at the end of the admission process.

Important: admission to Sciences Po does not guarantee award of the scholarship. In case of a deferral, the Mastercard Foundation scholarship will be lost.