2024 Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at University of Pretoria (UP)

Deadline: September 30, 2024.

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.


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Scholars must demonstrate outstanding academic performance, maintaining a high academic average as a critical component of the Program’s expectations.


If your 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.


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.

  1. To initiate the application process, download and complete the hard copy of the relevant application form provided below: undergraduate-application-2025.pdf or postgraduate-application-2025.pdf. Ensure that all required supporting documentation is included with your submission.
  2. Submit your application electronically to mcfsp@up.ac.za. For additional information or inquiries, contact us at +27 (0)12 420 4297 or via email at mcfsp@up.ac.za
  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 them, please assume your application was not successful.
  4. Prior to admission into the Program, all eligible candidates will undergo an interview as part of the selection process.

Apply through the OFFICIAL LINK

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