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Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program



The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Programme at Cambridge  is designed to provide students from under-represented communities in Africa with fully-funded opportunities to complete their Master’s training, grow in transformative leadership, and contribute to climate resilience and sustainability.

I have secured funding for my PhD thanks to the chance the Mastercard Foundation Scholarship Program gave me with my MPhil.  Doing my MPhil in Cambridge gave me direct access to scholars and mentors who supported me in this journey. I am indeed grateful.  2022/2023  Female Scholar 

Prospective Mastercard Foundation Scholars can apply to most courses available at the University of Cambridge

 courses available at the University of Cambridge.

In order to address the climate crisis, a range of expertise is required across scientific/STEM disciplines, the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. This is the purpose of  the multi-disciplinary approach of this Mastercard Foundation Scholars  Programme.

Selection Criteria include:

  • Outstanding intellectual ability.
  • A desire and commitment to contribute to climate resilient and sustainable futures for Africa and the world at large
  • Leadership potential.


The Scholarship Program actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion. Women, refugees, internally displaced persons, and people with disabilities, are particularly encouraged to apply.