Apply for Mastercard Foundation Scholarships for Graduate Study

Scholarships are awarded in collaboration with a network of partner institutions accepting the terms and conditions of the nomination framework. To be considered, all applications must be supported by an institution accepting the terms and conditions of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program or by the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at their university.

The scholarship is awarded for the duration of a Master's programme (two years). All the Master's programmes offered at our seven graduate schools are compatible with the scholarship, except for one-year Master's programmes and dual-degree and joint programmes.

Most of our Master's programmes are taught in English and do not require prior knowledge of French.

Application Stages

Application Stages, description below

Partner Institutions

This list is updated regularly. Institutions wishing to become a Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program partner should contact us by email.

Candidates who are currently studying in an institution which is not listed as a partner or does not host a Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program should encourage their institution to contact us by email ( The person signing the nomination letter should be a member of the faculty or the administration qualified to attest to both the candidate’s academic qualifications and financial needs. They will be asked to agree to the terms and conditions of the nomination framework, which will be necessary for an application to be considered.

Partner institutions for graduate candidates
Country Institution
Africa-wide HALI Network
Benin Université d'Abomey Calavi
Cameroun UCAC
Ghana Ashesi University
Ghana Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
Ghana University of Cape Coast
Ghana University of Ghana
Ivory Coast Campus France
Kenya Akili Dada
Kenya Equity Group Foundation
Kenya Hilde Back Education Fund
Kenya University of Nairobi
Kenya Zawadi Africa
Madagascar Campus France
Nigeria IFRA (Institut français)
Nigeria FAWE - Nigeria
Uganda COBURWAS International Youth Organization to Transform Africa (CIYOTA)
Uganda Makerere University
Senegal ISM - Dakar
South Africa African Leadership Academy
South Africa University of Pretoria
South Africa University of Cape Town
South Africa Wits University
South Africa University of Western Cape
Zimbabwe Education Matters
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