Deadline: Unspecified

Through a variety of multidisciplinary, sustainability-related master’s degrees and diplomas, as well as Transformative Leadership learning opportunities through summer schools, placements and internships, and onward transition support, the scholarship will assist in bringing about systemic change. Mastercard Foundation scholars will get additional wraparound support, such as pastoral care and assistance with their transition out of studies, in addition to financial aid and support for their leadership program.

In order to help the continent of Africa transition in a just manner, we aim to empower the upcoming generation of African leaders and businesspeople. Young women, young people with impairments, and young people with refugee or displaced status are especially encouraged to apply.

Postgraduate Scholarship Programmes:

The Scholarship at the University of Edinburgh will provide 1 year postgraduate on campus scholarships to students living or working in Africa with great academic and leadership potential but few educational opportunities.

On top of the full scholarship (tuition fees, accommodation, travel and living costs stipend), the Scholars Program facilitates a transformative leadership programme to inspire and support Scholars in making change in their communities and countries on their return home.

Scholarships are available for the following on-campus postgraduate programmes only:

  • Africa and International Development
  • Food Security
  • Sustainable Energy Systems
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Data, Inequality and Society (on campus only)


You must meet the eligibility criteria to apply:

  • Applicants must qualify academically for admission to the University of Edinburgh for a relevant degree programme. You will generally need to have achieved the equivalent of a UK Second Class (Upper) Bachelor’s (Hons) degree or higher. Find out more about the postgraduate entry requirements for your country
  • Applicants must have graduated from undergraduate study before December 2022 and must be in possession of a degree certificate and official, final transcript to upload alongside their application
  • Applicants must be residents and citizens of a Sub-Saharan African country
  • Applicants must be without the financial means to study oversees independently
  • We particularly welcome applications from female scholars, scholars from refugee and displaced backgrounds, and scholars with disabilities (see FAQs below for further information)
  • Applicants must demonstrate a track record of leadership and service within their community
  • Applicants should not have previously completed a postgraduate degree and should not be enrolled at a separate university while on scholarship
  • Applicants must be 35 or younger on the 1 September 2023


You must qualify academically for admission to the University of Edinburgh. We prefer that applicants apply to this scholarship before applying to the University.

If you believe you meet all the eligibility criteria please apply.

Applications for our 2023 online Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, for postgraduate degrees only, will open on Thursday 15 December at 10am UK time and will close on Friday 27 January at 5pm UK time.

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Oyin Olufayo

Oyin Olufayo is a Sustainable Development Goals Advocate. A recent graduate of The School of Politics, Policy, and Governance (SPPG) She is a Technical Writer, Political Writer, and a Content Writer. Her passion for sustainable development goals has been implemented by creating tangible solutions. She has featured in grassroots initiatives like TedX, World Literacy Foundation, Spur Nation Media, FRCN, Naija Law and etc. spreading the impact of Sustainable education, and also facilitated numerous events regarding SDGs.

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