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  • Writer's pictureOmran Aburayya

Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program 2024-25 at university of Pretoria for African Students

Updated: May 27

Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program

The University of Pretoria (UP), in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program aims to support economically disadvantaged yet academically gifted youth in Africa who are committed to effecting positive change on the continent. The Program's objective is to provide assistance to African youth who are faced with substantial socio-economic barriers, including refugees or internally displaced persons (IDPs) and persons with disabilities.

The Foundation offers a full scholarship to selected students who have been admitted to study towards a postgraduate degree at UP. Graduates must return to their home countries upon completion of their studies and give back to their communities.


Funding and Fields of Study:

The program offers comprehensive funding to selected students who have been provisionally admitted to study towards an undergraduate or postgraduate (Honours and Masters) degree at the University of Pretoria (UP) in the faculties listed below:

  • Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences

  • Faculty of Humanities

  • Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment & Information Technology (EBIT)

  • Faculty of Law (Undergraduates: SADC, Postgraduates: All African Countries)

  • Faculty of Education

The scholarship covers:

  • Full tuition fees

  • Accommodation in a UP residence

  • A modest monthly stipend

  • Prescribed textbooks

  • Medical aid cover for the duration of study

  • Visa costs (for international students)

  • Reasonable travel costs (including flight tickets) to and from South Africa

  • Academic and non-academic workshops


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applications are open to Undergraduate, Honours and Masters students that have applied and have been accepted to the University of Pretoria. Eligible candidates can apply until the 30th of September 2024.

  • The program is aimed at African youths facing significant socio-economic challenges, including refugees, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), and individuals with disabilities, seeking to pursue a higher education.

  • Applicants must exhibit leadership qualities and a commitment to community service through involvement in projects, school activities, or religious organizations, demonstrating a dedication to making a difference.

  • Scholars must demonstrate outstanding academic performance, maintaining a high academic average as a critical component of the Program's expectations.


Application Process:

Students who are interested in studies at the University of Pretoria and wish to apply for The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program must follow the application process below.

Step 1.

YOU MUST APPLY TO UP FIRST to initiate the application process. Then download and complete the hard copy of the relevant application form provided below.

Step 2.

Submit your application electronically to ( For additional information or inquiries, contact us at +27 (0)12 420 4297 or via email at ( Ensure that all required supporting documentation is included with your submission.

Step 3.

Post-submission, your application will undergo a review process. You will be notified of the outcome afterward. If you do not hear back from us, please assume your application was not successful.

Step 4.

Prior to admission into the Program, all eligible candidates will undergo an interview as part of the selection process.

Eligible candidates can apply until 30 September 2024


For Further info, visit the official website below:




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