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Study-In-UK: 2024 Edinburgh Global Mastercard Online Scholarship for African Students

Edinburgh Global Mastercard Online Scholarship will provide 3 year part-time online Master’s scholarships & 2-year part-time postgraduate Diploma scholarships to students living or working in Africa with great academic and leadership potential but few educational opportunities.

The program will be recruiting exceptional young people with great academic and leadership experience who have overcome barriers to their education and are diligently committed to pursuing their studies to apply for an Online Scholarship at the University of Edinburgh.

Online studies are an excellent way to earn a qualification for those who would like to continue working and prefer to study in their local context (for example, to be closer to their families).

Scholarship Summary

Scholarship Details:

Masters programmes normally aim at those who have completed an undergraduate degree and want to develop more specialised knowledge in the same subject or similar career area.

Applicants who already have a postgraduate qualification are not able to apply for this scholarship. 

The Mastercard Foundation scholarship is designed to cover three years of part-time online study for specific programs

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Scholarship Requirements:

To be considered for the Edinburgh Global Mastercard Online Scholarship, you must:

  • Applicants must qualify academically for admission to the University of Edinburgh for a relevant degree programme listed. You will generally need to have achieved the equivalent of a UK Second Class (Upper) Bachelor’s (Hons) degree or higher. Find out more about the postgraduate entry requirements for your country: Postgraduate entry requirements
  • Applicants will have faced  significant barriers to education (social, financial, personal, practical or health related).
  • Applicants must have graduated from an undergraduate study by September 2023 and must have a degree certificate and official final transcript to upload alongside their application by 7 December.
  • Applicants must be residents and citizens or hold refugee status in a Sub-Saharan African country.
  • Applicants must have faced barriers to education and early career
  • Applicants must demonstrate a track record of leadership and service within their community.
  • Applicants must demonstrate experience, or at least ambition, in making a meaningful impact in addressing the climate crisis
  • Applicants must be 35 or under as of 1 September 2024
  • Applicants should not have previously completed a postgraduate degree and should not be enrolled (or apply to enrol) at a separate university whilst on the Mastercard Foundation Scholarship.
  • If applying for the online Masters programme: Applicants should not have previously completed a postgraduate degree and should not be enrolled (or apply to enrol) at a separate university whilst on the Mastercard Foundation Scholarship.
  • If applying for the online Postgraduate Diploma: Applicants can either have an undergraduate or Master’s degree from a Sub-Saharan African university (provided they will graduate from either degree by 7th December 2023). If you have a Master’s degree, our admissions team will review your first degree (undergraduate) to meet the postgraduate diploma entry requirement. The Scholars Program will review your Master’s degree transcripts to confirm your university’s graduation date and location. 
  • We particularly welcome applications from female scholars, scholars from refugee and displaced backgrounds, and scholars with disabilities (see FAQs below for further information) 


Scholarship Duration and Reward

The Edinburgh Global Mastercard Online Scholarship is designed to cover three-years of part-time online study.

The scholarship will cover the

  • Covers full approved tuition fees: scholars will not pay for any part of the tuition fees.
  • Academic stipend to allow for access to high-quality internet, and laptop.
  • The opportunity to attend an in-person gathering.
  • Participation in activities as part of the wider Scholars Program climate leadership programme at the University of Edinburgh, including regular online workshops, online coaching and support.
  • A dedicated Online Coordinator
  • Additional support is offered to scholars with disabilities based on an assessment of needs.

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Method of Application

You must qualify academically for admission to the University of Edinburgh. We require that applicants apply for this scholarship before applying to the University

The Scholars Program will not accept applications submitted outside the online application system.

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section, below, for further details.

If you have any queries regarding the Mastercard Foundation Scholarships, which are not answered in the FAQs, please contact us at: mcfsp@ed.ac.uk

Deadline: December 7, 2023

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