Call for applications now open!
The call for applications for scholarships in the 2019 academic year is now open until 31 August 2018.
Lessons learnt from Mastercard Foundation scholars
“The drought in my community is much more hectic than the Cape Town drought”: Lessons learnt from Mastercard Foundation scholars.
You are black excellence, vice-chancellor-elect Mamokgethi Phakeng tells Mastercard Foundation Scholars
This year, UCT welcomes 43 new Mastercard Foundation Scholars through its doors. UCT’s deputy vice-chancellor for research and internationalisation, who succeeds Dr Max Price as vice chancellor in July 2018, gave the welcoming address to this year's...
Master Card Scholar
UCT MasterCard Scholars Attend Baobab Summit 2017
In June 2017, UCT Mastercard Scholars Willie Machaira and Chido Hunda were invited to attend the 2017 Baobab Summit. The summit exposed the students to career preparedness coaching, collaborative workgroups and skill development lessons as well as...
Mastercard entrepreneurial learning journey
As part of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, a week of activities aimed at developing the entrepreneurial skills of the scholars on the programme did just that and more for scholars who joined the township tour.


The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at UCT

The Mastercard Foundation has partnered with the University of Cape Town (UCT) to provide 338 scholarships over 10 years to academically talented yet economically disadvantaged students from Sub-Saharan Africa for study at UCT.

The Scholars Program is a $700 million initiative to educate young people – particularly from Africa – to lead change and make a positive social impact in their communities. Scholars will receive comprehensive scholarships, academic support, peer mentorship, career guidance, internship opportunities, transition-to-work support and access to a global alumni network.

Over the 10-year period (2014 – 2024), sixty students will be awarded scholarships to complete an undergraduate qualification and 240 students will be awarded support to obtain qualifications at Honours (as of 2016) and Masters level. In order to be considered for the scholarship, applicants must meet all the eligibility criteria, including the admission criteria for their chosen course of study at UCT.

The scholarship's tenure is for the full period of the academic program for which the Undergraduate Scholar has enrolled, with the second and subsequent years dependent on satisfactory academic progress and co-curricular involvement.

Tenure for the Honours level scholarships is one year. For Masters level the scholarships tenure is two years, dependent on academic progress and co-curricular participation of the Scholar.