Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Sciences Po 2019/2020

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Applications are open for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Sciences Po 2019/2020. The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Sciences Po aims to support 120 talented African students through their studies and to offer the next generation of leaders a world-class social science education, so they can go on to become changemakers in their home countries.

The scholarships are awarded for a period of three years for the Bachelor’s degree, two years for the Master’s degree and one month for the Summer School.

Over six years (2017 – 2022), the Scholars Program will fund:

  • 20 scholarships to complete the Sciences Po Bachelor of Arts programme, Africa specialisation
  • 40 scholarships to complete a Master’s programme at one of our seven graduate schools
  • 60 scholarships reserved for Mastercard Foundation Scholars studying at other partner universities and who would like to attend Sciences Po Summer School.

Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Sciences Po

  • The scholarship covers the full cost of tuition fees at Sciences Po and living costs in France during the study period.

Eligibility for Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Sciences Po

  • Undergraduate Candidates:
    • You must be a resident and citizen of a Sub-Saharan African country
    • You must be in your final year of high school and not yet have started a post-secondary education
    • You must have a very good level of French and English – minimum level B2
    • You must study in one of the institutions partnered with Sciences Po for the programme and provide a letter of recommendation from this institution
    • You must demonstrate a track record of leadership and/or service within your community
    • You must be able to show that you lack financial means to pursue higher education
  • Graduate Candidates:
    • You must be a resident and citizen of a Sub-Saharan African country
    • You must have completed your undergraduate studies at a foreign higher education institution and have at least a Bachelor’s degree
    • Minimum C1 level in English or French depending on the program you are applying to
    • You must study in one of the institutions partnered with Sciences Po for the program and provide a letter of recommendation from this institution (see list of registered partners below)
    • You must demonstrate a track record of leadership and/or service within your community
    • You must be able to show that you lack financial means to pursue higher education
  • Summer School Candidates:
    • You must be a citizen of a Sub-Saharan African country
    • You must currently be a Mastercard Foundation scholar at a Mastercard Foundation partner institution
    • You must be supported by an institution partnered with Sciences Po under the program
    • You must demonstrate a track record of leadership and/or service within your community

Application deadlines for the Mastercard Foundation Scholarships are:

  • Bachelor: January 31, 2019
  • Master: January 15, 2019
  • Summer School: February 18, 2019

How to Apply for Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Sciences Po

Candidates must apply online on the dedicated website. There are two steps to the application:

  • First, candidates provide personal information and a letter of recommendation from the Sciences Po partner institution which is supporting their application through the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program.
  • After this first step to assess eligibility, applicants receive an email inviting them to complete the rest of the application: information on their financial situation, their educational background and extra-curricular experiences, and their plans for the future.

For more information, visit MCFSP at Sciences Po.

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