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Sciences Po Mastercard Foundation Scholars Programme 2020/2021 for Undergraduate and Graduate African Students

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Last updated on October 17, 2019

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 change-makers in their home countries.

Scholarships for the 2020/2021 academic year are awarded in collaboration with a network of partner institutions authorized to nominate candidates.

Sciences Po is the first university in continental Europe to join the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program. Within this international network, 27 prestigious institutions in Africa, America and Europe are committed to ensuring that all young people, whatever their background, have the same opportunities to get a quality education and fulfill their potential.

  • Application Deadlines:
    • Bachelor: 29th January, 2020
    • Master: 5th December, 2019
  • Offered Annually? Yes
  • Eligible Countries: Africans
  • Type: Bachelors, Masters
  • To Be Taken At (Country): France
  • Number of Awards: 120 for a period of 5 years.
  • Value of Award: Thee scholarships cover the full cost of tuition fees at Sciences Po and living costs in France during the study
  • Duration of Program: 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 specialization
  • 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.

The Eligibility

The scholarships are awarded to students from sub-Saharan African countries with an outstanding academic record and strong leadership potential, but who face financial and other barriers to higher education.

As well as funding their studies, Sciences Po will offer scholars a specific suite of resources to ensure they have appropriate academic support and to facilitate their transition from education to employment:

  • An orientation programme and individualized academic advising throughout their studies at Sciences Po
  • A mentor programme offered in collaboration with the Africa Division of Sciences Po Alumni
  • Career guidance and support: an online job platform dedicated to professional opportunities in Africa (internships and first jobs), access to our business incubator and the network of employers and alumni working in Africa, and specific career workshops.

Application Procedure:

More information on the application and selection process and dates, also check the program website for more information:

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  1. Waw, this is very nice, helping the young youth to achieve their own goals,
    Please is it only applicable to sciences what of those in Arts and humanities, can they apply, please, someone should explain. Thanks

  2. Lynx Williams

    Scholarships are a way of helping the masses into progressing on their academic pursuit. The organiser of this scholarship should be praised as heroes because they are the real heros

  3. This is really a wonderful news that deserve hearing. Uplifting people is what matters and I say kudos to anyone who is into it.

  4. AYANGBADE SEMIU

    Good news for the people of Africa.more grace to your elbows.more of it will come.may Almighty God continue to bless you and keep you safe in your doing

  5. Abdulyakini Isah

    That is good news for all Africa for the scholarship now people are struggle now to apply i all these scholarship they Will do it on merit .

  6. Adesida Adeyemi

    This will be a great and wonderful opportunity for the national association of science student both in and out of the country to get free education for the winner

  7. Comment:where has this great opportunity been since all this while, well, congratulations to the science students both here and overseas

  8. This is a great opportunity for our young ones, and it is good idea for helping us forder more the only problem that is their is how to apply.

  9. Wow, good, helping the youth with their goal
    What a great opportunity for the science student all the best to those who will be choosen

  10. Ethel Clara

    I guess we Africans are getting lucky with education this time. A lot of people have been unable to acquire Master or Degree due to some certain circumstances. But by the grace of God, this opportunity will favour a lot.

  11. Franca Emeruom

    I think the best thing I read in this context is where it narrated that after schooling they will be able to work. This is what is lacking in Nigeria after obtaining all the qualifications still no job.

  12. This another opportunity for the African student who which to partake in a scholarship program. Think this year is meant for scholarship for the Africans.

  13. I THE HELL O!…, THANKS FOR BRINGING THIS GOOD INFORMATION AND PEOPLE THAT ARE READY SHOULD TRY AND APPLY FOR IT AND LIVE THE REST FOR ALMIGHTY GOD, THANKS.

  14. This is the great opportunity in Africa may God bless coordinators of this programing so Africa is always going front to front not back to back

  15. YAHAYA SAHEED

    WE REALLY APPRECIATE ON ALL THESE SCHOLARSHIPS ESPECIALLY THOSE THAT BROUGHT THIS ONE SCIENCE PO MASTERCARD FOUNDATION. NAY GOD SUPPORT YOU IN ALL YOUR ENDEAVOR. THANK YOU ALL.

  16. Josephat Uchechukwu

    The opportunity is opened mainly for science students. I think is a way of encouraging more science students in all institutions. Bravo!

  17. Muyiwa Olalekan

    This is good but the number of candidates for the undergraduate scholarship is kind of small. But with this I still believe I can make it through.

  18. Awokunle Gideon oluwaferanmi

    As well as funding their studies, Sciences Po will offer scholars a specific suite of resources to ensure they have appropriate academic support and to facilitate their transition from education to employment

  19. ABDULAZEEZ BOLAJI

    This programme is okay but after training these people will they allow them return to their own country to promote the image of their country

  20. THIS IS A KIND OF THING WE WANT IN OUR SOCIETY,WE NEEDS PEOPLE THAT WILL BE HELPING OTHER PEOPLE IN TERMS OF EDUCATION, MONEY AND SO ON. MAY GOD ALMIGHTY OMNIPOTENT REWARD YOU IMMENSELY.

  21. Congratulations to all of the people who have the opportunity to participate in this program and also help the younger ones in return

  22. Comment:a big congrats to the participants and a big thanks to those that organize this, God bless you

  23. This is an open opportunity for the African youths, this program will benefit a lot of Africans congratulations

  24. This is good for the undergraduate. scholarship is kind of small. But with this I still believe they can make it through.

  25. Azeezat Nihinlola

    Scholarships are a way of helping the masses into progressing on their academic pursuit. The organiser of this scholarship should be praised as heroes because they are the real heros.

  26. Azeezat Nihinlola

    This will be a great and wonderful opportunity for the national association of science student both in and out of the country to get free education for the winner

  27. Please please this kind gesture should note based on sciences alone, let those in arts and humanities enjoy it also. Anyways thanks to the organizers, keep it up. Nice job. Weldone

  28. I think it is a good idea this people have achieved a lot it is high time we make use of the opportunity now or never.

  29. Its an a very good thing to us, is just to change many students and to help many many people to develop there knowledge

  30. opportunities will always come everyday, it is left for us to always be ready to grab the ones we can grab. This is one of the numerous opportunities available as at this time

  31. Thanks to the entire family and entire body of Melody.com.ng, they are all try by contributing to the success of their member, show some scholarship opportunity, that student can easily enroll in.

  32. This is a huge opportunity for both undergraduates and graduates but opportunity comes but once so it is left for us to grap it and make use of it

  33. This is really good, its a great opportunity for undergraduate and graduate student, am interested o how can I apply.

  34. Its a good and great opportunity for undergraduate and graduate student in Africa, that’s good, its really nice. What a great opportunity.

  35. Science is life. I wish I could be opportune to get schorlarship. I won’t stop trying my possible best.

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