Apply for Mastercard Foundation scholarships at the Summer School

Scholarships  for the Sciences Po Summer School are awarded in collaboration with a network of partner institutions authorized to nominate candidates. These scholarships are reserved for Scholars from the  Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program network who want to attend a four-week in-person programme, during the Sciences Po Summer School’s June session (3-27 June).

During the Summer School June's session, selected students will have the opportunity to discover Sciences Po’s courses through a main course in social sciences (taught in English) or French language, and to participate in a tailor made course ‘Transformative leadership to design and scale solutions’ dedicated to Scholars, preparing them to build innovative solutions to tackle social and environmental issues.

Application stages

Candidates must apply online on the dedicated website  from 5 January to 5 February 2024.

Eligible applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • You must be a citizen of a Sub-Saharan African country;
  • You must currently be a Scholar from the Mastercard Foundation Scholar Program in  a partner institution;
  • You must demonstrate a track record of leadership and/or service within your community;
  • You must show a willingness to bring about change in Africa and making a genuine impact on the region in the areas of public policy and major political, environmental and societal transitions.

Candidates are asked to:

  • Provide personal information;
  • Attach a letter of recommendation from the partner institution supporting their application as well as a Mastercard Foundation Scholarship certificate;
  • Provide information and proof concerning their educational and extra-curricular experiences.

As part of their application, candidates for the scholarship are asked to outline their diverse experiences, their vision of the issues that specifically affect Africa and explain how they want to become changemakers on the continent. The candidates’ answers are reviewed by the scholarship award committee.

The results of the attribution of the scholarships will be announced in February 2024.

Selected candidates must finalise their application at the Sciences Po Summer school following the instructions that will be sent to them by email at the time of their admission into the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program.