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120 Fully Funded Mastercard Scholarships for Sub-Saharan Africans at Sciences Po in France, 2019

Applications are invited for Fully Funded Mastercard Scholarships in France. Applications are open for Sub-Saharan Africans at Sciences Po to pursue undergraduate, graduate and summer programs in the 2019-2020 academic year. Up to 120 scholarships are available for this scholarship.

The aim of this scholarships is to encourage and support academically able and talented students.

Deadline : Master’s scholarship: 15 January 2019,

Bachelor’s scholarship: 31 January 2019,

Summer School scholarship: 18 February 2019.

Study in : France
Providers : Sciences Po and the Mastercard Foundation
Course Level : Undergraduate, graduate and summer programs
Field of Study : All subjects

Benefits of Fully Funded Mastercard Scholarships:

Undergraduate Candidates: Five full scholarships are offered for 2019 to cover all tuition fees and living costs.

Graduate Candidates: 8 full scholarships are offered for 2019 to cover all tuition fees and living costs.

Summer School Candidates: 12 full scholarships are offered for 2019 to cover all tuition fees and living costs. These scholarships are reserved for Mastercard Foundation Scholars studying at another of the Foundation’s partner universities (undergraduate or graduate level).

Nationality: Applicants from Sub-Saharan African countries are eligible to apply.

Number of Scholarships: In 2019, 5 scholarships at the Bachelor’s level, 8 scholarships at the Master’s level and 12 scholarships for the Summer School will be awarded.

Eligibility for Fully Funded Mastercard Scholarships:

Eligible Countries: Applicants from Sub-Saharan African countries are eligible to apply:

Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo (Democratic Republic), Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Entrance Requirements: Applicants must meet the following criteria:

Candidates must apply online on a 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.

Eligibility for the scholarship is determined in light of candidates’ academic record and socio-economic situation.

Undergraduate Candidates

Eligible applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • 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 (see language requirements)
  • You must study in one of the institutions partnered with Sciences Po for the programme 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

Graduate Candidates:

Eligible applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • 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 programme you are applying to (see language requirements)
  • You must study in one of the institutions partnered with Sciences Po for the programme 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:

Eligible applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • 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 programme (see a list of authorized partners below)
  • You must demonstrate a track record of leadership and/or service within your community

English Language Requirements for Fully Funded Mastercard Scholarships: 

The language requirements depend on the programme you are applying to. When needed, test results must be attached directly to the online application. For Undergraduate programs:  You must have a very good level of French and English – minimum level B2 (see language requirements) and for Graduate Candidate: Minimum C1 level in English or French depending on the programme you are applying to (see language requirements).

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