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Apply to be a buddy

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Cape Town (UCT) invites Scholars to submit an application to participate in the launch of a new programme we're calling the Buddy programme. The vision of the Buddy programme is to formally match returning Scholars with first time entering Scholars, and establish a network of peer support during initial adjustment and transition to the university.

Buddies will be suitably matched in groups no less than two(2) and no more than six(6). The tenure of the Buddy programme will be ONE(1) MONTH ONLY, i.e. 15th January – 15th February 2020.

Buddies shall not receive remuneration or payment for work but may be provided with other benefits as part of the volunteering role on a gratuitous basis.


  • Please read the accompanying Terms of Reference for Buddy Applicants before completing this application form.
  • Applications have to be submitted - along with the required supporting documentation - no later than 30 September 2019. See section 6 of the Terms of Reference of the Buddy Programme document.
  • Only registered students, who hold an award from this Program, will be eligible for this peer-topeer mentorship programme.
  • Applicants must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the university.
  • Applicants must demonstrate leadership capability, personal-management, good communication, adaptability and interpersonal capabilities.
  • Applicants must remain accessible, committed and engaged throughout the duration of this mentorship programme.

CLOSING DATE: 30 September 2019
Applications will close at 11.59PM (SAST) on Sunday, the 30th of September 2019. No applications will be accepted after the closing date.


MCF Buddy Application Form