MasterCard Foundation Scholarship Program

The University of Pretoria (UP) in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation (MCF) is currently offering scholarships for high achieving African students interested in studying at postgraduate levels, commencing in January 2022. The MCFSP offers a full scholarship to selected students who have been provisionally admitted to study towards a postgraduate degree at UP. Graduates must return to their home countries on completion of their studies and give back to their communities.


  • The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program (MCFSP) targets academically talented yet economically disadvantaged young people in Africa who will contribute to the transformation of the continent through their knowledge, skills, attitudes and values evidenced by their leadership. Community service and internships are essential components of the Program.
  • If your MCFSP application is successful the Program will cover the following: Full tuition fees; Accommodation in a UP residence; Meals; Books and printed material; A modest monthly stipend; Medical aid Travel costs (one return trip for the duration of the study period); Cost of one visa application for the duration of the study period. Visit Funder for details.

Applications for the MCFSP open on 1 May 2021 and close on October 31st, 2021