Apply for the Mastercard Foundation Scholarship Program & Study at University of Pretoria 2024

The University of Pretoria (UP) in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation has been offering scholarships for high-achieving African students who studied undergraduate and postgraduate levels since January 2014. The Foundation will be entering into a new phase in January 2024 and it will target academically talented, yet economically disadvantaged young people living with disability in Africa; and internally displaced/refugees; that 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. 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.

The vision of UP is to be a leading research‐intensive university in Africa, recognised internationally for its quality, relevance and impact, as also for developing people, creating knowledge and making a difference locally and globally.

UP is one of the largest and most diverse university in Southern Africa. Currently UP has more than 50 000 students and has become one of the leading higher education institutions on the continent and indeed, in the world

The University has nine faculties, including the Faculty of Veterinary Science on the Onderstepoort Campus, which is the only one of its kind in South Africa.

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The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program is a 10-year, $500 million global initiative to educate and develop next generation leaders who will contribute to social and economic transformation. The Foundation enables young people from economically disadvantaged communities to complete quality secondary and university education, and make successful transitions to further education or careers in their home countries. Through comprehensive support, Scholars receive learning opportunities that equip them with knowledge, skills, and values needed to succeed in the economy, and make positive impacts in their communities.

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 Focus on Africa

Scholars in the Foundation are primarily from Africa. In recent years, the continent has experienced unprecedented economic progress and political resurgence. More than 60 percent of its population is under the age of 25, making it the continent with the youngest demographics. Yet, Sub-Saharan Africa is also the region with the lowest enrollment rates in secondary and university education.

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program supports economically disadvantaged young people from across the continent, and encourages them to apply their knowledge towards the betterment of their home communities and countries.

How To Apply

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program is intended for students who have applied to and been accepted into one of the specified programs at the University of Pretoria.

Eligibility Criteria


Applications are now open exclusively for first-year master’s students at the University of Pretoria. Eligible candidates can apply until April 30th, 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.

UP Application Process

Application deadline 30 April 2024

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.

Step 1

To initiate the application process, download and complete the hard copy of the postgraduate application form provided below: postgraduate-application-2024.pdf. Ensure that all required supporting documentation is included with your submission.

Step 2

Submit your application electronically to [email protected] or deliver a printed copy to the Department for Education Innovation’s reception office located in the IT Building. For additional information or inquiries, contact us at +27 (0)12 420 4297 or via email at [email protected]

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 se

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