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Hundreds of sustainability scholarships announced for African students to study in the UK

Hundreds of sustainability Scholarships


Some 850 sustainability-focused scholarships for students from Africa have been announced by the University of Edinburgh and the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program.

The scholarships will offer an array of postgraduate learning opportunities, equipping young people with the knowledge, skills and networks to promote sustainable changes throughout Africa.


Postgraduate students will be recruited from across the continent with 266 studying full-time in-person and 534 studying part-time online, all contributing to fostering sustainable ecosystems.

African partners

The University will collaborate with African partners such as University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa and Makerere University, Uganda to identify and encourage students and to apply for the programme. Fifty scholarships will also be offered to students from 10 African HEIs to undertake sustainability focussed doctoral studies.

The programme will focus on offering opportunities to women, displaced peoples and learners with disabilities.

The Scholars Program will consist of three elements: full scholarships for sustainability-themed postgraduate taught courses at the University of Edinburgh; a digital education network to support African higher education institutions to develop online degree offerings; and the establishment of a collaborative doctoral training centre with the University of the Witwatersrand.


The announcement marks the next phase of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Edinburgh, commencing in September 2023.

Educational opportunities

Since 2016, the University of Edinburgh’s partnership with The Mastercard Foundation has allocated $27 million to ensure access to education for bright young leaders who have a personal commitment to changing the world around them and improving the lives of others.

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A package of scholarships has benefitted 220 African students with significant academic and leadership potential but few educational opportunities with the chance to study at Edinburgh.

Full scholarships have been offered to 80 undergraduate and 150 postgraduate African students in the last seven years.

The Mastercard Foundation is one of the largest charitable foundations in the world. It operates independently from Mastercard Incorporated, which originally set up the Foundation in 2006.

The Program has committed more than $700 million to support the education and leadership development of more than 30,000 young people.

The Program provides financial, social, and academic support to Mastercard Scholars. Financial support includes, but is not limited to, tuition fees, accommodation, books, and other scholastic materials.

Our renewed partnership with the Mastercard Foundation demonstrates our commitment to making a positive impact around the world. The University of Edinburgh has a long history of global collaboration and partnerships. Engaging with the Mastercard Foundation Scholar’s Program reinforces our belief that all students and young people around the world should have access to education and the ability to affect change and become transformative leaders in their own right. Professor James SmithProfessor of African and Development Studies and Vice-Principal International, the University of Edinburgh

Professor James Smith: Professor of African and Development Studies and Vice-Principal International, the University of Edinburgh

The University of the Witwatersrand is pleased to be part of this incredible program that will go a long way toward advancing teaching and learning and knowledge creation on the continent. We look forward to working with our partners to effect real change in society through this unique program. Professor Ruksana OsmanProfessor of Higher Education and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic at Wits University.

Professor Ruksana Osman: Professor of Higher Education and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic at Wits University.



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