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MASTERCARD FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP-UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN

Deadline: 30 September 2020


The Mastercard Foundation has partnered with the University of Cape Town (UCT) to oversee the implementation of financial, academic, social and post-graduation support to awarded candidates under the scholarship titled The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Cape Town. The vision of the Program is to transition promising young people from beneficiaries to benefactors, preparing them with the necessary values, knowledge, skills, and leadership to fuel economic and social progress across Africa. The Program targets academically qualified undergraduate and postgraduate candidates who are economically disadvantaged young people with leadership potential from Africa.


The Program will provide scholarships to academically talented young Africans to pursue undergraduate and postgraduate studies at UCT. Students enrolled on the Program will receive mentoring, leadership development, academic and life skills support. Academic support will include tutoring, language training, writing circles and guidance counselling.


In 2021 75 scholarships are available for:

  • 17 Undergraduates for pursuing bachelors degree programs 

  • 10 Honours 

  • 48 Masters


These are available for students who intend to commence with their first year of registration for full-time undergraduate and postgraduate (honours and master’s) study.


To be eligible to apply for The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Cape Town, applicants must meet the stated criteria as recorded in the Terms of Reference and Conditions of Award document for applicants attached to this pack.


APPLICATION PROCEDURE

In order to apply for The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, applicants must first apply to the University of Cape Town for academic study and placement. Only applicants, who have applied for academic study and placement to UCT, can submit an application for a Mastercard Foundation scholarship


Applications for admission to UCT are open from 1 April 2020 - 31 October 2020, with the exception of a few programmes and faculties which start to close from May onward. Please refer to the 2021 Directions for Postgraduate Applicants for the relevant closing dates and information on courses at UCT, how to apply to the University, as well as support structures available for postgraduate students at the University.


Request information on how to apply for a Mastercard Foundation scholarship from The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program: Recruitment and Peer Mentor Officer at info_mcfsp@uct.ac.za (telephone number 0027 21 650 5095/ 5923 / 3601). Applicants are advised to work closely with The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program: Recruitment and Peer Mentor Officer while preparing and submitting an application for a Mastercard Foundation scholarship.


ELIGIBILITY 

  • Be a citizen of an African country

  • Applied to be admitted to a programme 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

  • 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.

  • declaration of all financial and educational details required must be recorded on The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Cape Town application form 

  • Details of all property and assets of any nature must be declared.


SCHOLARSHIP VALUE 

The scholarships will cover for the following:

  • Reimbursement of costs incurred for visa application processing

  • An economy class air ticket to Cape Town South Africa for awardees who are i) citizens and/or residents of an African country other than South Africa or ii) residing in South Africa but outside of Cape Town

  • 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 programme

  • 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 i) citizens of and/or residents of an African country other than South Africa or ii) residing in South Africa but outside of Cape Town


MORE INFORMATION

http://www.mcfsp.uct.ac.za/guidelines-postgraduate-applicants

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