The University of Edinburgh Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program (Fully-funded Online Learning Scholarships)

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The University of Edinburgh Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program (Fully-funded Online Learning Scholarships)

 

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The University of Edinburgh Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program (Fully-funded Online Learning Scholarships)

 

The Scholars Program at the University of Edinburgh will provide 3 year part-time online Master’s scholarships & 2-year part-time postgraduate Diploma scholarships to students living or working in Africa with great academic and leadership potential but few educational opportunities.

We are recruiting exceptional young people committed to pursuing their studies digitally to apply for an Online Scholarship at the University of Edinburgh. Online studies are an excellent way to earn a qualification, while at the same time continuing to work flexibly and live at home. Online qualifications through the University of Edinburgh is fully equivalent to degrees taught on campus.

Applicants can apply for either:

  • Online Masters (part-time over 3 years) OR
  • Online Post-graduate Diploma (part-time over 2 years)

Online Masters

Masters programmes are normally aimed at those who have completed an undergraduate degree and want to develop more specialised knowledge in the same subject or similar career area. The MCF scholarship will cover the full tuition fees, a small study stipend to allow for access to high-quality internet, a laptop and the opportunity to attend an in-person summer school in Africa. The scholarship is designed to cover three-years of part-time online study. On top of financial support, Scholars will participate in activities as part of the wider Scholars Program at the University of Edinburgh, including regular online workshops, online coaching and support. Applicants who already have a postgraduate qualification are not able to apply for this scholarship.

Online Postgraduate Diploma

Postgraduate diplomas are aimed at those who are considering a potential change in career and tend to be more vocational. Candidates with either an undergraduate or Master’s degree from a Sub-Saharan African university are equally able to apply (provided they will graduate from either degree before December 2022). The scholarship will cover the full tuition fees, a small study stipend to allow for access to high-quality internet, a laptop and the opportunity to attend an in-person summer school in Africa. The scholarship is designed to cover two-years of part-time online study.  On top of financial support, Scholars will participate in activities as part of the wider Scholars Program at the University of Edinburgh, including regular online workshops, online coaching and support.

Subjects you can study

Scholarships are available for the following online postgraduate programs only:

 

Eligibility

You must meet the eligibility criteria to apply:

  • Applicants must qualify academically for admission to the University of Edinburgh for a relevant degree programme listed above. You will generally need to have achieved the equivalent of a UK Second Class (Upper) Bachelor’s (Hons) degree or higher. Find out more about the postgraduate entry requirements for your country
  • Applicants must have graduated from undergraduate study before December 2022 and must be in possession of a degree certificate and official, final transcript to upload alongside their application
  • Applicants must be residents and citizens of a Sub-Saharan African country
  • Applicants must be without the financial means to study oversees independently
  • We particularly welcome applications from female scholars, scholars from refugee and displaced backgrounds, and scholars with disabilities (see FAQs below for further information)
  • Applicants must demonstrate a track record of leadership and service within their community
  • If applying for the Masters programme: Applicants should not have previously completed a postgraduate degree and should not be enrolled (or apply to enrol) at a separate university whilst on the Mastercard Foundation Scholarship
  • If applying for the PG diploma: Applicants can either have an undergraduate or Master’s degree from a Sub-Saharan African university (provided they will graduate from either degree before December 2022). If you have a Master’s degree, our admissions team will review you first degree (undergraduate) to meet the post graduate diploma entry requirement. The MCF team will review your Master’s degree transcripts to confirm the graduation date and location of your University.
  • Applicants must be 35 or under on the 1 September 2023

 

How to apply

You must qualify academically for admission to the University of Edinburgh. We prefer that applicants apply to this scholarship before applying to the University. 

If you believe you meet all the eligibility criteria please apply.

Applications for our 2023 Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, for postgraduate degrees only, will open on Thursday 15 December at 10am UK time and will close on Friday 27  January at 5pm UK time.

15 December 2022 (10am UK time)

Applications open

13 and 20 January 2023 (4 – 5pm UK time)

Application Information Sessions – Register for the session

27 January 2023 (5pm UK time)

Applications close

10 – 13 April 2023

Online Distance Learners (ODL) Interview shortlisting begins; both successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified (Please note references will be requested for applicants invited for an interview)

18 April – 12 May 2023

ODL interviews take place

Mid-end of May 2023

ODL Interview outcomes will be announced

June – July 2023

Support provided through admissions processes

September 2023

Academic program starts


















Please review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section for further details.

If you have any queries regarding the Mastercard Foundation Scholarships which are not answered in the FAQs, please contact us at: mcfsp@ed.ac.uk.

 

Apply to the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program

 

Which postgraduate degrees are covered on this scholarship?

We offer scholarships for the following online degree programmes:

  • International Development (Masters route only)
  • Global Food Security and Nutrition (Masters or Diploma)
  • Global Challenges (Masters or Diploma)
  • Carbon Management (Masters route only)
  • One Health (Master or Diploma)

We offer scholarships for the following on-campus postgraduate programmes               

  • Africa and International Development                                                                 
  • Food Security                                                                             
  • Sustainable Energy Systems                                                                                
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation                                                            
  • Data, Inequality and Society (while there is the option for students to take this Masters in a hybrid format the stipulation for those on an MCF Scholarship and for Tier 4 visa regulations means you will need to undertake the programme in person for the full year)

No other academic programs at the University of Edinburgh are eligible for this scholarship. You are welcome to apply to any academic program but only those listed above will make you eligible for a Mastercard Foundation scholarship.


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