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 Sub-Saharan 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 2018 58 opportunities (13 undergraduate, 15 Honours and 30 Masters) are available for students who intend to commence with their first year of registration for full-time undergraduate, Honours and Masters 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 postgraduate Masters applicants.
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.
Applicants are advised to carefully read through the guidelines below prior to submitting both their academic and scholarship applications. These guidelines complement the general UCT postgraduate guidelines available for download here. Only applicants, who have applied for academic study and placement to UCT, can submit an application for a MasterCard Foundation scholarship.
Applications for postgraduate admission to UCT are open from 01 April 2017 until 30 September 2017 unless otherwise specified for certain courses. Candidates are encouraged to make contact with the relevant department that the academic application will be submitted to.
Step 1: Academic application
In preparing an academic application to UCT, it is essential that applicants refer to various resources for guidance. UCT’s postgraduate prospectus is available for download here and provides information on courses at UCT, how to apply to the University, as well as support structures available for postgraduate students at the University.
Detailed information on course offerings and academic pre-requisites is available on the UCT website in the respective 2017 faculty handbooks.
For any further enquiries on how to apply to UCT please contact the relevant faculty postgraduate / admissions office. Contact details of faculty postgraduate / Admissions Officers can be found in UCT’s postgraduate prospectus.
Step 2: Collate the necessary supporting documents to strengthen your academic application
In addition to academic transcripts, postgraduate applicants may be required to submit additional documents and information with their academic application to UCT. Such documentation must be uploaded with the online application and may vary for certain courses.
Applicants are encouraged to refer to the relevant postgraduate faculty handbook for more information and should ensure that when submitting these documents online, each document is scanned and uploaded as a single document. Documents must be legible and clear.
UCT reserves the right to cancel the application if all the necessary certified hard copies are not submitted on time. Upon arrival and registration at UCT, the successful applicant will be asked to provide original documentation of the certified copies submitted during the application phase.
Step 3: Apply online for academic study and placement
Once the application is submitted it cannot be amended by the applicant. In the event that an applicant would like to change the programme choice and biographical information and/or add documentation, only the Admissions Office can facilitate this. Applicants may monitor their application status online here. The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program Office at the University of Cape Town does not process academic applications.
Applications for student accommodation in a UCT residence are managed by UCT Student Housing Admissions and Advocacy Services. Applications for student accommodation must be received by 30 September 2017. The application is part of the online academic application process. Applicants are advised to tick the first box which reads “I apply for catering student accommodation”.
Additional information for international applicants
International applicants who receive an offer of admission to UCT are required to obtain a study visa to enter the Republic of South Africa and for purposes of registering at UCT. To apply for a study visa applicants will need the following:
The onus is on visa applicants to check with the South African embassy or High Commission that these are the only requirements for the application as the relevant authorities have the discretion to ask for additional documents. For more information on the South African High Commission or embassy located nearest to you please visit the Department of International Relations and Cooperation website. Accepted international scholars must ensure that a study visa – valid for studies at UCT – is issued prior to departure for South Africa. International applicants will not be permitted to pre-register or register at UCT without a visa valid for studies at UCT.
Step 4: Await the outcome of your academic application
Step 1: Access and complete the application documentation
To apply for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program you need to access the following documents:
Carefully refer to the Terms of Reference and Conditions of Award document for postgraduate Honours and Masters applicants attached to this pack, prior to completing the postgraduate scholarship application form.
If you have any problems or questions you can contact:
The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program: Recruitment and Peer Mentor Officer
tel: 0027 21 650 5923 / 3601 / 5923
Applicants are advised to work closely with The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program: Recruitment and Peer Mentor Officer whilst preparing and submitting an application for a MasterCard Foundation scholarship.
Step 2: Join the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program site on Vula
Visit UCT's student portal: Vula and use your unique UCT applicant number (e.g. SSSXXX002) and password to log in to the UCT Login option.
If applicants are unable to join The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program site on Vula, please email your COMPLETE scholarship application including ALL supporting documentations to the Program Co-ordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 31 AUGUST 2017.
Step 3: Upload the Mastercard Foundation Scholarship application form
Please ensure that all application forms and supporting documentation are clearly legible. Fill out as much detail as possible and provide supporting documents as requested in the scholarship application form to substantiate your application. Do not hesitate to contact the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program: Recruitment and Peer Mentor Officer or the Program Co-ordinator should you have queries or require any assistance to complete the scholarship application form at email@example.com (telephone number +27 (0)21 650 5923 / 3601 / 5095).
The scholarship application should reach us no later than 31 AUGUST 2017.
The University of Cape Town and The MasterCard Foundation reserve the right to cancel incomplete and/or late applications, to effect changes to the conditions of the scholarships or to make no awards at all.
We would like to wish all applicants success with their application. Let the leadership opportunity begin!