30 June 2019.


South Africa.

(Fully Funded)



The University of Cape Town has partnered with The Mastercard Foundation in its Global Scholars’ Program; an educational initiative that will provide young people from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, with leadership potential from developing countries in Africa with access to quality university education.

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The University of Cape Town invites applications for the award of a limited number of scholarships for full-time study for a postgraduate Honours or Masters degree in any discipline. The scholarships will be granted on the basis of academic talent, financial need and leadership potential to students who intend to commence with their first year of registration for full-time postgraduate study, and who will register in 2020 at the University of Capetown.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Engineering and the Built Environment.
  • Commerce.
  • Health Sciences.
  • Humanities.
  • Law.
  • Sciences.

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

2 years.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • Applicants must have received a firm offer to study at UCT.
  • Applicants must come from an economically disadvantaged background.
  • Applicants must demonstrate leadership potential and must have acted in a leadership capacity.
  • Applicants must meet the set academic criteria.
  • Be a citizen of an African country.
  • Be admitted to a postgraduate program and commence with their first year of registration in the Engineering and the Built Environment, Commerce, Health Sciences, Humanities, Law, or Sciences faculties at UCT
  • Be from an economically disadvantaged background, demonstrate financial need, and leadership potential.
  • Applicants who intend to register for a second postgraduate degree at the same level are ineligible to apply for this scholarship.
  • Applicants who have previously registered for a postgraduate degree at any higher learning institution are ineligible to apply for this scholarship.
  • Only applicants who have applied to the relevant academic department at UCT are eligible to apply for The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Cape Town awards.
  • The comments on the academic abilities of the applicant by the academic referees will form part of the academic criteria for this scholarship.
  • Successful applicants will be required to produce the original academic transcripts on arrival and registration at UCT.
  • Applicants will be required to produce translated copies of all academic transcripts where English is not the primary language
  • Full declaration of all financial and educational details required must be recorded on The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Cape Town, postgraduate scholarship application form.
  • Details of all property and assets of any nature must be declared.
  • UCT reserves the right to request that applicants furnish evidence of answers/statements on the application form. If it is found that the provided information is false or untrue, the University further reserves the right to disqualify an application and/or to cancel and recover any scholarship funds that may have been paid out to an awardee.

Opportunity Cost

(Fully Funded)

  • Reimbursement of costs incurred for visa application processing.
  • Full tuition fees and international student fees.
  • Accommodation in a student residence managed by the UCT Student Housing Admissions and Advocacy Services at UCT.
  • Meals through the student housing system at UCT.
  • Medical cover with a recommended medical aid service provider.
  • A living stipend; to be used to cover ad hoc expenses pertaining to awardees’ studies.
  • A book allowance to purchase the prescribed textbooks required for the degree program.
  • Costs related to community activities as prescribed by The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Cape Town.
  • Access to an internship opportunity, career development, and job placement assistance.
  • An economy class air ticket home upon completion of studies, for awardees who are:
  1. Citizens of and/or residents of an African country other than South Africa or;
  2. Residing in South Africa but outside of Cape Town.

How to Apply

First Step: Applicants must first apply to UCT for academic study and placement.
Second Step: At the point of selection, the applicant should have a conditional/firm offer from UCT.

Third Step: The following required supporting documents must be attached/uploaded to the POSTGRADUATE scholarship application form:

  • Certified copy of Identity Document, Passport or Refugee Papers.
  • Applicant’s Curriculum Vitae (CV) of no more than two(2) A4 pages using the following points as context:
    • Participation in Extra-Curricular Activities
    • Skills and Interests
  • Academic and/or Professional Experience Certified copies of all Secondary education transcripts
  • Certified copies of all current and previous Tertiary education transcripts
  • 2 Academic Referee Reports
  • Applicants are required to produce translated copies of all academic transcripts and academic referee reports where English is not the primary language
  • Referees may attach additional pages or documentation in support of the recommendation on the official institutional letterhead with original signature, stamp, and date in support of the applicant.

Fourth Step: Applicants’ are required to submit an essay, of no more than 2000 words using the following points as context:

  • In which ways do you envisage contributing to the economic growth and social development of your country and Africa on completion of your studies, using your education as leverage?
  • Explain any community service activities you have been involved in.
  • List the qualities that, for you, define leadership and elaborate on leadership initiatives that you have undertaken.

Fifth Step: To apply for a Mastercard Foundation scholarship applicants will need to visit The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at The University of Cape Town website available at this link.

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This Scholarship Published by:
Raghda Hourani / Palestine

Reviewed by” Ahmed Hussein / Egypt
MARJ3 Intern
MARJ3 Scholarships team