Makerere University MasterCard Foundation Scholarships

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program, since its inception in 2012, has assisted nearly 45,000 young people in Africa to pursue secondary or tertiary education.

In 2024, the second phase of the partnership with Makerere University was launched, where the program will offer 1000 scholarships over a period of 10 years.

Scholarship Overview

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University offers scholarships to academically talented and economically disadvantaged individuals who desire to pursue selected undergraduate and master’s academic programs at the University.

This program aims to deepen inclusive University education and empower the youth to transform into leaders who will make meaningful contributions to their communities.

Host School(s)

Makerere University, Uganda.

Field(s) of Study

Programs that focus on strategic development areas as below:

  • Agriculture
  • Tourism
  • Infrastructure
  • Mineral Development
  • Human Capital Development

What does the scholarship cover?

  • Full tuition coverage
  • Accommodation and meals
  • Stipend
  • Health Insurance
  • Travel support

How many scholarships are given?

95 undergraduate scholarships

Which countries are targeted?

Sub-Saharan African countries
Am I Eligible to Apply?

To qualify for this scholarship, you should:

  • Have qualified for admission to Makerere University’s main campus for an undergraduate degree program under the Private Sponsorship Scheme.
  • Have completed Advanced Level education (or its equivalent) in an African country.
  • Display significant financial hardship.
  • Demonstrate leadership potential and a record of community service.
    Not be a holder of any other scholarship.
  • Not have registered for or completed any other undergraduate degree program.
  • Not be over 28 years of age when applying for the scholarship.
  • Not be over 32 years of age if applying under the categories of refugees and students with disabilities.
  • Be a recognized and registered refugee with proof (refugee attestation) if applying for the scholarship as a refugee.

How Do I Apply – Next Steps

You must first apply for admission to Makerere University for an undergraduate degree under the Private Sponsorship Scheme.

Only students who meet the minimum requirements for admission to the University can apply for the scholarship.

Next, fill the scholarship application form. The forms can be obtained as follows:

  • Get a physical/hard copy form from the office of the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Programme at the University, located at Plot 144, Makerere University (opposite the College of Computing and Information Sciences).
  • Download the application form from the website indicated below.
  • Apply directly via the application portal on the website.

Once you have filled out the form, you can submit it by:

Hand delivering the hard copy form to the MCFSP at Makerere University Offices.
Sending a scanned copy of the scholarship application form and all the other documents (scanned and attached as one document) to
Applying online and submitting the application form and copies of all the required documents directly.


The application form is not for sale and no payments should be made by the applicant at any stage of the selection process.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for further selection engagements.
Closing Date

14 June 2024 at 5 pm.

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