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Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program


Please visit the Apply pages for information on how to apply. Here are a few Frequently Asked Questions about financial matters, travel and support to settle in Cambridge.

Will I receive fee waivers for all the courses that I apply for?

You will receive a fee waiver for only one course, so take time to make the correct decision on the course that you would like to take.

What courses are eligible for funding?

Prospective Scholars can apply across a wide range of disciplines. We fund LLMs MPhils, and MRes of up to one year in length.  We do not do fund specific business courses such as Master of Accountancy (MAcc), Business Administration (MBA), Master of Corporate Law (MCL) and Master of Finance (MFin).

Is the funding offer transferable to the next year if for any reason I am unable to take up my place?

The offer is subject to you meeting all other University conditions set for the year of application and cannot be transferred to the following year should you fail to take up studies at the University.

What is the college system and how do I select a college?

Cambridge is a collegiate university, which means it comprises of a number of different Colleges that operate independently but are all linked to the central university system. Colleges are responsible for admitting students, providing accommodation, and for pastoral care. Your college will be your home away from home, and you’ll be a part of a community of students studying a variety of subjects. Some of the other advantages of college membership include induction in your first weeks, financial advice and assistance, and opportunities for research, teaching, and professional development. Colleges administer formal processes, including matriculation (formally joining the University and College), monitoring international students' status for visa purposes, and graduation. 


When will I hear back from the program regarding my application for funding?

We aim to have a shortlist between the months of March/April of each year for cohorts starting in September of the same year, latest announcements will be at the end of April.

How long will I have to confirm acceptance of the funding offer?

Details on the amount of time you have for acceptance of the funding offer will be clarified in your offer letter, this is normally 10 working days from the date the offer was made.

Will I get a financial undertaking for my spouse’s visa application, if they are joining me in Cambridge?


As from January 2024, the UK's Home Office will no longer allow students on one-year master's programs to bring along their spouse or child/children on their visa. This means that the program cannot support travel expenses of any kind for a spouse or child/children.

On arrival how do I get from the airport to my college in Cambridge?

A logistics note with details on transfer arrangement is typically shared with Scholars prior to their arrival.

Where can I get food and other supplies in Cambridge?

There are several supermarket chains all over Cambridge, where you can get supplies. There are also a few shops that stock African products. A quick google search for ‘African shops in Cambridge’ will lead you to a few shops in Mill Road, CB1 2AW, where you can purchase some supplies.

Where can I get extra support as an African student, coming to Cambridge for the first time?

The African Society of Cambridge University (ASCU), a body run by African students, offers help and support in the form of a community and has been very helpful and instrumental in shaping students' experience here in Cambridge. Further help in settling in Cambridge can be obtained from the University’s Newcomers and Visiting Scholars.

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