Full Funded Scholarship University of Pretoria MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program (MCFSP) 2020/2021 for study in South Africa (Fully


Application Deadline: August 31st 2020

University of Pretoria MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program (MCFSP) 2020/2021: The University of Pretoria (UP) in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation (MCF) is currently offering scholarships for high achieving African students interested in studying atĀ postgraduate levels, commencing in January 2020.

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 aĀ postgraduate degree at UP. Graduates must return to their home countries on completion of their studies and give back to their communities.


  • 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
  • Textbooks and printed material
  • Medical aid cover for the duration of the study
  • VISA costs
  • Reasonable travel costs (including flight ticket) to and from your home
  • Leadership development opportunities
  • Academic advising and counselling support


  • 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 ā€“ continuing students are eligible to apply

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

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

How to apply

Step 1

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

To use the onlineĀ ApplicationĀ system, you will need Internet access and an email address that you can access regularly. As soon as you submit your onlineĀ 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


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.

Postgraduate applicants are required to have their certificate verified by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). Please visit www.saqa.org.za

Step 3

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

Application enquiries can be directed to:

[email protected]

Tel: 012 420 4297

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the University of Pretoria MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program (MCFSP) 2020


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