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Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program



A wholesome experience

We aim to offer our Mastercard Foundation Scholars at the University of Cambridge a stimulating and engaging experience in a  vibrant and interdisciplinary community that is committed to transformative change. The key elements of the Mastercard Foundation scholars program include : Adequate support  for students to take up their studies, intensive emphasis on life skills beyond academia, and support for a lifelong network of alumni.

Each Scholar will benefit from the highest calibre of academic training in their specific discipline, including mentorship support. This will enable them to make the connection between their course of study and the broad action and research agenda, contributing to the overall goal of climate resilience and sustainability in Africa and the world at large.

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program covers the following:

  • The University's composition fee at the appropriate rate
  • A maintenance allowance that takes into consideration yearly inflation
  • Visa application Fee, IHS surcharge and an economy return ticket from the student’s home country to the United Kingdom and back home at the end of their course.

In addition, Scholars will benefit from:

  • A cohort-wide induction programme before the start of the course. 
  • Termly Leadership Training, which supports  Scholars in thinking about sustainable leadership, and developing collaborative leadership qualities needed to build cross-sector solutions for sustainable development 
  • Support to take up a 3-6-month placements in leading Africa-based organisations. This will enable scholars to develop pathways to building impactful careers in Africa.
  • Mastercard Foundation Scholars will be able to join both the Cambridge University Alumni group and the Mastercard Foundation Scholars program alumni group, where they can continue to  draw on and contribute to the community of African scholars.


Please note that due to the change in the UK Home Office rules from January 2024,  spouses and children of students on a  one-year taught Master's programs are not eligible  to apply for dependant visas . 



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