Cambridge University Scholarships for Marginalised African Communities 

Cambridge University

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Cambridge is designed to provide talented students from economically marginalised and hard-to-reach communities in Africa with fully-funded opportunities to complete their Master’s training, grow in transformative leadership, and contribute to climate resilience and sustainability in Africa.

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The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program covers the cost of travel and visas, accommodation, meals, allowance for a laptop, health cover, and a living stipend – as well as tuition costs. It also provides an allowance for dependent children who may accompany a Scholar.

Prospective Mastercard Foundation Scholars can apply to the majority of courses available at the University. Addressing the climate crisis requires a range of expertise across both scientific/STEM disciplines and the arts, humanities and social sciences. The Program trains these scholars in a range of academic disciplines – from the creative arts and writing, through the social sciences, to more scientific and technical disciplines: because a multidisciplinary approach to climate action and response is critical.

In addition to full funding (fees and maintenance), the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Cambridge will provide scholars with support for travel to and from the UK (including visas, if needed). In addition, Scholars will benefit from a cohort-wide induction programme, likely to require early arrival in Cambridge before the start of the course.

As part of the application process, prospective Scholars will be required to provide a supplementary statement, which indicates their personal commitment to contributing to climate-resilient and sustainable futures for Africa.

We are looking to support students with academic talent and a commitment to giving back to their community, in particular a desire and commitment to contribute to climate-resilient and sustainable futures for Africa and the world. African women, refugees and internally displaced people, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

Eligibility criteria

  • Must be a citizen of an African country and demonstrate that they are from an economically marginalised, or economically disadvantaged, background.
  • Must be ordinarily resident, in an African country unless you can show temporary absence for study/work with an intention to return or unless you have been displaced.
  • Must be applying for a Master’s course of up to one year in length, or part-time equivalent, at the University of Cambridge.
  • Prospective Scholars can apply across a wide range of disciplines.

Evidence will be required at a later stage of the Scholarship selection process.

*see for further information about support available to refugees at Cambridge University.

*We fund LLM, MASt, MEd, MPhil, MRes of up to one year in length.

Award details and application process

This is a full-cost award available to Master’s students, covering tuition fees, maintenance and expenses (for e.g. travel, visa costs and the immigration health surcharge). An allowance for dependent children joining a student in Cambridge is available.

How to Apply

Step one:

Apply for admission to the University via the Cambridge Website by the funding deadline for your chosen course of study and indicate that you wish to apply for funding (the deadline will be either 1 December 2022 or 5 Jan 2023.

Step two:

Anyone who wishes to apply for the Mastercard Foundation funding needs to complete the separate Master Card application form stating how you meet the eligibility criteria as soon as possible and by 5 January 2023 at the latest.

Step three:

Applying for a Master’s course requires payment of a £50 fee before you can submit your application. However, the fee is automatically waived for many African countries.

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