The Mastercard Foundation scholars program at Sciences Po

  • Scholarships
  • France
  • January 29, 2021
  • Scholarships
  • France
  • January 29, 2021

Sciences Po

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Sciences Po aims to support 126 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 changemakers in their home countries.


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.

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. They cover the full cost of tuition fees at Sciences Po and living costs in France during the study period.

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 individualised 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.

2021-2022 DEADLINES

Application deadlines for the Mastercard Foundation Scholarships are:

Bachelor: 28 january 2021
Master: 6 December 2020
Summer School: 20 January 2021

Description of Ideal Candidate:

Scholarships for the 2021/2022 academic year are awarded in collaboration with a network of partner institutions authorised to nominate candidates.

Deadline: January 29, 2021

Cost/funding for participants:
Fully Funded
Over six years (2017 – 2022), the Scholars Program will fund:

20 scholarships to complete the Sciences Po Bachelor of Arts programme, Africa specialisation
46 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.

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