University of Edinburgh scholarships for Africans

Type: Master’s Degree, Ph.D. or Other Doctoral Degrees

Who: Arab students interested in studying in the UK

What: Tuition fees, travel expenses.

When: 2022-2023

Where: University of Edinburgh – UK

Program Length: One year

Deadline to Apply: 31 January 2022

Citizenship: Algeria, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia

Destination Countries: UK

Academic Subject(s): All Subjects


The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Edinburgh will provide full scholarships to students from Sub-Saharan African countries who demonstrate great academic and leadership potential but have few educational opportunities, and who wish to pursue an online master’s degree in an eligible subject area.

The scholarship will cover the full tuition fees and a small study stipend to allow for access to high-quality internet. The scholarship is designed to cover three-years of part-time online study.

On top of financial support, scholars will participate in activities as part of the wider Scholars Program with the University of Edinburgh, including regular online workshops with our scholars, online coaching and support, and the opportunity to attend regional scholar-led workshops and events.

Scholarships are available for the following postgraduate programs: 

– MSc International Development 

– MSc Global Health Policy

– MSc Global Food Security and Nutrition

– MSc Carbon Management

– MSc Social Justice and Community Action

– MSc Data Science, Technology and Innovation

– MSc Digital Education

– MSc One Health

Deadline: March 14, 2022.

Eligibility criteria

– You must be a graduate or be about to graduate as a Mastercard Foundation Scholar in a Mastercard Foundation partner institution. 

– You must qualify academically for admission to the University of Edinburgh for a relevant degree program listed above. You will generally need to have achieved the equivalent of a U.K. Second Class (Upper) Bachelor’s (Hons) degree. You can find out more about postgraduate entry requirements for your country or be in touch with us at [email protected].

– You must be a citizen of an African country (with the exception of Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia), whose personal circumstances would make accepting an online study offer from the University of Edinburgh difficult. 

– You should demonstrate a track record of leadership and service within your community and former school/university.

– You must be able to present economic circumstances which show you lack financial means to pursue higher education in your home country or elsewhere

– Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of online degrees, and be able to show how they will approach the unique challenges and opportunities provided by online, part-time study.

How to Apply

Applications for September 2022 entry to the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Edinburgh will open on January 31, 2022, and close on March 14, 2022.For answers to frequently asked questions about the application process, please click here.

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