In partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, the University of Edinburgh will provide 200 full scholarships to students from Africa with great academic and leadership potential but few educational opportunities.
On top of the scholarship, the Scholars Program facilitates transformative leadership programming to inspire and support Scholars in making change change in their communities and countries on their return home.
The University of Edinburgh, founded in 1582, is the sixth oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Scotland’s ancient universities. The University of Edinburgh offers a fully funded academic and transformative leadership program for undergraduate and postgraduate students from Sub-Saharan Africa. Students will receive comprehensive support to remove barriers to study in Edinburgh and will benefit from extracurricular opportunities including summer schools and internships.
The Scholars Program at the University of Edinburgh will provide 80 undergraduate and 60 postgraduate scholarships to students from Africa with great academic and leadership potential but few educational opportunities.
25 undergraduate and 10 postgraduate scholarships are available for the 2018/2019 academic year which will cover the full tuition fees and expenses for accommodation and maintenance.
On top of financial support, Scholars will participate in activities as part of the wider Scholars Program (link) at the University of Edinburgh including work-based placements, mentorship, and other activities during the academic year.
As well as receiving an excellent education at one of the top ranked universities in the world, Undergraduate Scholars will:
Receive comprehensive support, mentoring, and reflective opportunities through the Scholars Program:
Participate in UK and Africa based summer schools on transformative leadership;
Complete a course on African development;
Undertake a project-based placement in the UK and in Africa;
Receive support on their return to their home country; and
On graduation, 50% of Undergraduate Scholars will have the opportunity to complete a distance learning Masters degrees at The University of Edinburgh after their return to Africa.
Applicants must qualify academically for admission to the University of Edinburgh in any course except Medicine and Vet Medicine (for undergraduate applicants). This includes a high level of English language skills. Applicants should apply directly to the Scholarship program – details in the sections below;
Applicants must be a resident and citizen of a Sub-Saharan African country, whose personal circumstances would make accepting an offer from The University of Edinburgh difficult.
Applications from Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe are particularly welcome;
Applicants should not have completed an undergraduate degree previously;
Applicants must demonstrate a track record of leadership and service within their community; and
Applicants are able to present economically disadvantaged circumstances and be able to show that they lack financial means from family or other sources to pursue post-secondary (university) education in their home country or elsewhere.