126 Mastercard Scholars to study at Sciences Po

An exceptional scholarship programme for students from Sub-Saharan Africa
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The Mastercard Foundation, partnered with Sciences Po, provides full scholarships to students from Sub-Saharan Africa who have great academic potential but limited financial resources. Over six years (from 2017 to 2023), this programme will support a total of 126 students admitted to its undergraduate, graduate and summer programmes. This exceptional scholarship programme aims to recruit talented students who aspire to shape the future of the African continent and help them develop their full potential.

A scholarship for Students in the Dual Programmes with Columbia and Berkeley

Discover the Henri de Castries Scholarship
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Every year since 2016, the Sciences Po American Foundation offer the Henri de Castries Scholarship, a merit-based scholarship for students enrolled in the Sciences Po-Columbia University Dual BA programme and the Sciences Po-UC Berkeley Dual degree programme.

Emile Boutmy Scholars 2019: Gateway to Education

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This March 2019, Sciences Po marked the 14th anniversary of the Emile Boutmy scholarship for an evening celebrating excellence and diversity. It was an opportunity for Emile Boutmy scholars from the Paris campus to meet each other and Boutmy scholarship sponsors, including BNP Paribas, L’Oréal, TOTAL, Fondation RATP, Chalhoub Group and private donors.

Meet Robert Tindwa, recipient of the L'Oréal Excellence Award

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Robert Tindwa started as an undergraduate on the Sciences Po Reims Campus. Today he is a Master's student and the recipient of the L'Oréal Excellence Award Africa. Read the interview.

"My world view has been entirely shaken"

Isabel O’Brien is the recipient of the 2018 Henri de Castries scholarship
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Isabel O’Brien, first year student in the Dual BA Program between Sciences Po and Columbia University, has been awarded the 2018 Henri de Castries scholarshipBelow is an excerpt of her personal statement

"I believe in service leadership"

Interview of Mastercard Foundation Scholar Astou Diouf
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Astou Diouf from Senegal is part of the first cohort of Mastercard Foundation Scholars studying at the Sciences Po campus in Reims. Astou plans one day to start a business in the agri-food industry in Africa.

International student scholarships

Emile Boutmy & Eiffel scholarships
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Every year, nearly 300 international students benefit from the Emile Boutmy or Eiffel scholarships. These scholarships are funded by Sciences Po and our public & private partners, and allow students from around the world to study at Sciences Po.

Emile Boutmy, the founder of Sciences Po, was from the beginning committed to opening the school to international students, who today make up 47% of the student body.

Meet the first Mastercard Foundation Scholars at Sciences Po

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The first five students to benefit from the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Programme at Sciences Po come from across sub-Saharan Africa. Astou Diouf, 18, is from Senegal, Zipporah Gakuu, 19, from Kenya, Romaric Compaore, 18, from Burkina Faso, Ashale Chi, 17, from Cameroon, and Fitiavana Andry, 17, from Madagascar, making this first cohort representative of Africa in all its diversity.

A new scholarship for Filipino students

  • Patricia Lucuanan (CHED) and Frédéric Mion (Sciences Po) ©Sciences PoPatricia Lucuanan (CHED) and Frédéric Mion (Sciences Po) ©Sciences Po

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.

Yale University senior Zachary M. Young awarded the 2017 Michel David-Weill Scholarship

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Yale University senior Zachary M. Young has been awarded the 2017 Michel David-Weill Scholarship to pursue a two-year Master’s in Public Policy degree at the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs in Paris.

New scholarships for students from Sub-Saharan Africa

Sciences Po joins the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program
  • A Scholar in the MasterCard Foundation ProgramA Scholar in the MasterCard Foundation Program

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.

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