Fully Funded Mastercard Scholarship at the University of the Western Cape 2023-2024

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The Mastercard Scholarship at the University of the Western Cape is now accepting applications for the 2023-2024 academic session. This scholarship opportunity is aimed at academically talented young individuals from Africa who face economic and social barriers that hinder their access to higher education. The scholarship provides full funding for both undergraduate and master’s degree programs at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa.

Indeed, the University of the Western Cape (UWC) plays a crucial role as an implementing partner in the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program. This program, established in 2012, represents a global initiative with a core mission to nurture and empower the next generation of transformative leaders. It achieves this goal by providing opportunities for highly talented and service-oriented young individuals, with a primary focus on young Africans, to pursue higher education and foster their leadership potential.

Scholarship Details

  • Scholarship Sponsor: Mastercard Foundation.
  • Scholarship Type: Fully Funded.
  • Host Institution: University of the Western Cape, South Africa.
  • Number of Awards: Numerous scholarships are available.
  • Study Levels: Undergraduate and Master’s.
  • Application Deadline: Closed on October 13, 2023.

Eligibility Criteria

For Undergraduates:

  • Applicants must be no older than 26 years.
  • Meet the minimum admissions requirements of the University for the chosen program/discipline.
  • Must have applied for academic admission to the University for the 2024 academic year.
  • Be ready to enroll in full-time undergraduate studies starting in January 2024.
  • Provide evidence demonstrating that their access to university studies is hindered by social and economic barriers.

 Fields of Study for Undergraduates

  • Humanities & Arts (History, Linguistics, Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies);
  • Economic & Management Sciences (Economics, Information Sciences, and Public Administration);
  • Education (Mathematics and Science, Foundation Phase);
  • Natural Sciences (Biological, Computational, Mathematical, and Physical Sciences).

For Master’s Students:

  • Applicants must be no older than 30 years.
  • Meet the minimum admissions requirements of the University for the selected master’s degree program.
  • Must have applied for academic admission to the University for the 2024 academic year.
  • Be prepared to begin their first year of full-time master’s degree studies in January 2024.
  • Provide evidence demonstrating that their access to university studies is impeded by social and economic barriers.

Fields of Study for MSc Students

  • Humanities & Arts (Applied Linguistics, History, Gender Justice, Migration Studies, Sociology for Development);
  • Community & Health Sciences (Public Health);
  • Economic & Management Sciences (Development Studies, Information Sciences and Migration Studies);
  • Law (Governance and Human Rights);
  • Natural Sciences (Biological, Computational, Mathematical, and Physical Sciences).

Application Process

Interested applicants should follow these steps:

  1. Apply for admission and financial aid at the University of the Western Cape.
  2. After securing admission, proceed to apply for the Mastercard Scholarship by completing the online application.

Use the button below to access the UWC Mastercard Website to start your application.

Do not bypass this fascinating offer to receive full funding for your undergraduate or master’s studies at the University of the Western Cape. Apply before the deadline to kickstart your journey toward higher education and leadership development.


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