The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Sciences Po aims to support 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. The scholarships offered in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation are merit-based scholarships for 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. These highly selective scholarships are open to candidates applying to our Bachelor's program, one of our seven graduate schools, or the Sciences Po Summer School.
Scholarships are awarded in collaboration with institutions who nominate candidates based on their academic credential and their financial background. Applicants are required to provide:
- Personal information (name, address, etc.)
- A letter of recommendation from an institution which is supporting their application through the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program (please note that only Mastercard Foundation scholars from partner institutions can apply to the Sciences Po Summer School)
- Information on their financial situation, their educational background, as well as their extra-curricular experiences and their plans for the future
Eligible candidates will receive email notification that they can apply online to the program of their choice without having to pay the application fee. Eligibility for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program does not guarantee admission to Sciences Po, which entails a separate application process.
Detailed information on the application process can be found on our website.