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The University of Pretoria (UP) in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation (MCF) is currently offering scholarships for high achieving African students interested in studying at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, commencing in January 2019.

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program (MCFSP) targets academically talented yet economically disadvantaged young people in Africa who will contribute to the transformation of the continent through their knowledge, skills, attitudes and values evidenced by their leadership. Community service and internships are essential components of the Program. The MCFSP offers a full scholarship to selected students who have been provisionally admitted to study towards an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at UP. Two thirds of these bursaries will be for postgraduate study and one third will be for undergraduate study. Graduates must return to their home countries on completion of their studies and give back to their communities.

Closing Dates for Applications

Applications to study at the UP open on 1 March 2018 and close on 30 August 2018. Applications for the MCFSP open on 1 May 2018 and close on 15 September 2018. Selection will focus on prior academic achievement, but also on the fit of the applicant to the ethos of the Program, which is focused on leadership and community development for Africa in addition to academic success. Successful applicants must be committed to completing their qualifications in minimum time, returning to their home countries and giving back to their communities.

Apply online at www.up.ac.za/apply or via the downloadable PDF application form available at www.up.ac.za/downloadpdfform.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates should be citizens from Sub-Saharan African country.
  • Applicants should come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and demonstrate financial neediness.
  • Candidates should demonstrate leadership potential and ought to be involved in a giving back project eg. in a community, at school, church etc
  • Academic excellence is paramount and students have to maintain a high academic average at all times.
  • Candidates need to be first time applicants as first year students in the degree programme.

Application Instructions

Instructions

  • In order to apply for the scholarship, you MUST have been admitted into a degree at UP. You will need your student number to complete the MCFSP application, which must be accompanied by your academic records and other supporting documents as outlined in the application form.
  • Be sure to include documents that support what your family, guardian or foster
    parents can afford to pay. Examples of such documentation include bank
    statements, pay slips and loan documents.
  • Only students admitted to full-time study at UP will be considered for the scholarship.
  • Only prospective students who cannot afford to pay the full fees are eligible to apply. Do not apply for funding if you or your parents, guardian or foster parents can afford the full tuition fees.
  • All the information provided must be accurate and true. Any falsification of
    information on the application form may result in disqualification from consideration for a scholarship.

If your application is successful, the Program will cover the following:

  • Full tuition fees
  • Accommodation and meals in a UP residence or UP-accredited accommodation
  • A modest monthly stipend
  • Text books and printed material
  • Medical aid cover for the duration of study
  • VISA costs
  • Reasonable travel costs (including flight ticket) to and from your home
  • Leadership development opportunities
  • Academic advising and counselling support

UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARS

Please note that the scholarship is for first-time applicants, applying as first-year students to undergraduate programmes. The MCFSP currently offers scholarships to students who have applied for and have been admitted to one of the following faculties at UP:

  • Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
  • Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences
  • Faculty of Humanities for entry into the BPolSci (Political Studies or International Studies only)

For more information on the specific courses offered in the abovementioned faculties,

please visit: http://www.up.ac.za/new-students-undergraduate/article/268905/faculty

brochures.

POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARS

  • Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
  • Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences
  • Faculty of Humanities for entry into the Honours or Masters (Political Studies or International Studies only)
  • Faculty of Engineering – continuing students are eligible to apply

For more information on the specific courses offered in the abovementioned faculties,

please visit: http://www.up.ac.za/en/programmes/mods/postgrad/mod/home/year/2018.

How to apply

Step 1

You may apply online at www.up.ac.za/apply.

To use the online Application system, you will need Internet access and an email address that you can access regularly. As soon as you submit your online application, a student number (EMPLID) will be sent to this email address as confirmation of receipt.

Alternatively, you can submit a hard copy of your application form to the following address:

University of Pretoria

Student Service Centre

Hatfield

Pretoria 0028

South Africa

Step 2

The application will be evaluated by members of the relevant faculty and you will be informed of the outcome.

Undergraduate applicants are required to write the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the National Benchmark Test (NBT). Please visit www.collegeboard.org and http://www.nbt.ac.za/ for more details. Please check with your faculty regarding the requirements for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the National Benchmark Test (NBT).

Step 3

Download application forms for the MCFSP from www.up.ac.za/mcfsp.

Application enquiries can be directed to:

mcfsp@up.ac.za

Please visit www.up.ac.za/isd for general information for international students.

For more information, visit the University of Pretoria (UP) Mastercard Foundation (MCF) Scholarships For Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students