The University of Pretoria (UP) in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation has been offering scholarships for high-achieving African students who studied undergraduate and postgraduate levels since January 2014. The Foundation will be entering into a new phase in January 2024 and it will target academically talented, yet economically disadvantaged young people living with disability in Africa; and internally displaced/refugees; that 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 Foundation offers a full scholarship to selected students who have been admitted to study towards a postgraduate degree at UP. Graduates must return to their home countries upon completion of their studies and give back to their communities.


The Foundation offers a full scholarship to selected students who have been admitted to study towards a postgraduate degree at UP.

Scholarship Courses

  • Economics and Management
  • Education
  • Engineering and Built Environment
  • Engineering and Information Science
  • Humanities
  • Natural Sciences


  • Applications are open to Undergraduate, Honours and Masters students that have applied and have been accepted to the University of Pretoria.
  • Applicants must exhibit leadership qualities and a commitment to community service through involvement in projects, school activities, or religious organizations, demonstrating a dedication to making a difference.
  • Scholars must demonstrate outstanding academic performance, maintaining a high academic average as a critical component of the Program’s expectations.
  • The program is aimed at African youths facing significant socio-economic challenges, including refugees, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), and individuals with disabilities, seeking to pursue a higher education.

Method of Application

Step 1: To initiate the application process, download and complete the hard copy of the relevant application form provided below: undergraduate-application-2025.pdf or postgraduate-application-2025.pdf. Ensure that all required supporting documentation is included with your submission.

Step 2: Submit your application electronically to For additional information or inquiries, contact us at +27 (0)12 420 4297 or via email at

Step 3: Post-submission, your application will undergo a review process. You will be notified of the outcome afterward. If you do not hear back from us, please assume your application was not successful.

Step 4: Prior to admission into the Program, all eligible candidates will undergo an interview as part of the selection process.

For More Information,

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Application Deadline: September 30, 2024.