Top Five Fully Funded Scholarships for Less Privileged African Students  


  1. African Institute for Mathematical Sciences

The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) is a pan-African network of centers of excellence for postgraduate education, research, and outreach in mathematical sciences.

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program is developing Africa’s next generation of leaders. In partnership with a global network of partners, the program allows students whose talent and promise exceed their financial resources to complete their education. With a vision that education is a catalyst for social and economic change, the program focuses on developing leaders who are transformative, encouraging them to be active contributors in their communities.


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Since 2014, the Mastercard Foundation, together with AIMS, is leveraging the AIMS model to develop Africa’s next generation of leaders through education. In a bid to propel socio-economic change, the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at AIMS focuses on driving transformative leadership by encouraging scholars to engage in the development of their communities and the continent at large. The program targets socioeconomically disadvantaged students with brilliant academic records and leadership potential.

  • A give-back component including mandatory community service for all scholars;
  • Outreach, public engagement and training activities designed to provide networking and professional development opportunities for participants;
  • The development of transformational leadership skills to strengthen their sense of responsibility to give back to the African continent and lead the positive transformation of their communities.

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  1. Earth University Scholarship Programme

EARTH University is honored to collaborate with The Mastercard Foundation to provide scholarships to young leaders from disadvantaged communities around the globe.

Through the partnership, which forms part of Scholarship Programme, The Foundation will provide 120 scholarships to EARTH students. Approximately one-third of the scholars will come from Sub-Saharan Africa and the rest from Latin America and the Caribbean.

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  1. Africa Leadership Academy Scholarship Programme

This initiative, built around the example of multiple successful college transition and support organizations, spearheads a new approach to scholarship implementation. MCFSP-ALA employs a “matching model,” recruiting Scholars from reputable organizations on the African continent and matching them with suitable partner universities.

The model is designed to prepare scholars from disadvantaged backgrounds to create social and economic change in Africa by connecting promising young leaders to outstanding universities, and offering sustained and holistic support throughout their tertiary education and beyond.

By establishing relationships with recruitment organizations such as secondary schools and education-focused NGOs, our model identifies low-income, high-achieving sub-Saharan African students by asking those partners to nominate applicants. Following the nomination, the MCFSP selection committee undertakes a rigorous selection process that includes an analysis of previous academic performance, written applications, recommendations, and interviews. The committee then matches selected scholars to university partners that best fit their academic, personal, and professional goals.

To date, MCFSP supports over 160 scholars enrolled at 13 partner universities in Africa, Europe and North America with another 45 entering the program in July 2018. We recruit these students from twelve recruitment partners located across sub-Saharan Africa.

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  1. University of Edinburgh African Scholarship

University of Edinburgh in partnership with Mastercard foundation will provide 200 full post graduate and undergraduate scholarships to students from Africa with great academic and leadership potential but have less educational opportunities to further their education.

Additionally the Scholars Program facilitates transformative leadership programming is to inspire and support Scholars in making change in their communities and countries on their return to their native countries.

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  1. CMU Africa Engineering Scholarship

Africa Engineering scholarship was established at CMU-Africa in 2016. The program provides generous financial, social, and academic support for students whose talent and promise exceed their financial resources. 

With a vision that Education is a catalyst for social and economic change; the program focuses on developing leaders who are transformative, encouraging them to be active contributors in their communities.

The program focuses on:

  • Holistic support: The scholarship covers application preparation support, orientation, tuition and fees, health insurance, travel and basic living expenses, project, and entrepreneurship support. Scholars also have access to a range of resources that support their well-being and academic success.
  • Career preparation: Scholars benefit from tailored activities to prepare them for the workplace. Throughout their studies, they participate in professional development activities including, but not limited to, internship and career fairs, networking opportunities with industry leaders, one-on-one career coaching that prepare them to pursue their goals upon graduation.
  • Leadership development: Scholars develop leadership skills through participation in student clubs, community service, and a variety of programs that equip students to become change-makers. During their time at CMU-Africa, the Scholars take a series of leadership training sessions tailored to their needs to ensure they are equipped with cutting-edge leadership skills that will enable them to lead with distinction.
  • Giving back: Scholars live out the giveback ethos of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program by leading and participating in community service activities, developing, and implementing projects that make a difference in the lives of others. They collaborate with the members of the CMU-Africa community to push their giveback agenda.

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