The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Programme at UCT

Deadline: 31 August 2018


The MasterCard Foundation has partnered with the University of Cape Town (UCT) to oversee the implementation of financial, academic, social and post-graduation support to awarded candidates under the scholarship titled The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Cape Town. The vision of the program is to transition promising young people from beneficiaries to benefactors, preparing them with the necessary values, knowledge, skills, and leadership to fuel economic and social progress across Africa. The program targets academically qualified postgraduate and postgraduate candidates who are economically disadvantaged young people with leadership potential from sub-Saharan Africa.

The program will provide scholarships to academically talented young Africans to pursue undergraduate and postgraduate studies at UCT. Students enrolled on the program will receive mentoring, leadership development, academic and life skills support. Academic support will include tutoring, language training, writing circles and guidance counselling.

The scholarship’s tenure is for the full period of the academic program for which the Undergraduate Scholar has enrolled, with the second and subsequent years dependent on satisfactory academic progress and co-curricular involvement. Tenure for the Honours level scholarships is one year. For Masters level the scholarships tenure is two years, dependent on academic progress and co-curricular participation of the Scholar.



In order to be considered for the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Cape Town, applicants must be:

Academically talented, must value learning and be driven to complete their education.

Economically disadvantaged and facing significant financial barriers to accessing education.

Committed to giving back to their own communities once studies are completed, to return to their home countries and take a leadership role in promoting social and economic improvement.

Future leaders committed to embracing ethical leadership to improve the lives of others.

Commitment to community service through previous and/or past engagements with community outreach activities

Citizens and residents of a Sub-Saharan African country.

Wanting to study at undergraduate, honours or postgraduate level (Masters by research and coursework or research Masters, only).

Applying to study in the fields of Commerce, Engineering and Built Environment, Health Sciences, Humanities, Law or Sciences at the University of Cape Town.

All prospective Scholars must first be admitted to the University of Cape Town to be considered for the Scholarship. Although each academic department has its own criteria, a minimum of 60% for the Honours, or equivalent degree is the overall academic criterion required for entry into the Masters’ degree.

Preference will be given to ‘first-generation’ students, i.e. those who are the first ones in their families to go to university.


Application procedure

To apply for The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program, applicants must first apply to UCT for academic study and placement. Only applicants, who have applied for academic study and placement at UCT, can submit an application for a MasterCard Foundation scholarship. Applications for admission to UCT are open from 1 April 2018 until 30 September 2018.


How to apply for study at UCT

UCT offers a full range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in six faculties. Applications to UCT can be done online. For your application to UCT, you will need all or some of the following:

Proof of English Proficiency

National Benchmark Test which should be written by all applicants to programs in Health Sciences

Matriculation Exemption for Undergraduate Applicants to ensure that you have met the legal minimum requirements for degree study in South Africa.

Credentials Evaluation by the South African Qualifications Authority for Postgraduate Applicants which verifies foreign qualifications thereby authenticating the status of institutions and the qualifications offered by such institutions.

Visit the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Cape Town website to apply for a MasterCard Foundation scholarship at the University of Cape Town. Alternatively, request information on how to apply for a MasterCard Foundation scholarship from The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program: Recruitment and Peer Mentor Officer at


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