Mastercard Foundation to Train 400 African Scholars at Oxford

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A partnership between the Mastercard Foundation and the University of Oxford will give 400 young African scholars the opportunity to pursue a master’s degree at the University of Oxford.

This study will be conducted in programs related to pandemic preparedness and recovery.

This scholarship is part of the Foundation’s AfOx Graduate Scholars Programme, which aims to enable African students to access opportunities at Oxford and to grow during and after their stay.

The grant provides funding for her rigorous one-year master’s degree at Oxford. Governance and Public Safety, Entrepreneurship and Others.
Scholarship is open to all African students who have received a conditional offer or are already enrolled in a postgraduate program at the University of Oxford. These include schoolgirls, people with disabilities, displaced persons and refugees. Students from refugee and displaced backgrounds are also given the necessary considerations regarding residency law.

Logistics support includes round-trip economy airfare, visa and immigration health subsidies, relocation allowances, and emergency prosperity fund access.

Structurally, the first year of the program consists of a challenging Academic Masters Program at Oxford and a Leadership and Impact Program that supports scholars in developing collaborative leadership skills.
In the second year of the
program, scientists will be supported and encouraged to develop and implement projects focused on African organizations. This may include setting up start-ups or working with multinational development agencies, governments, NGOs or research institutes.

Scholarship holders will be able to complete her 4-6 month internship at a prestigious African-based organization as part of Ubuntu’s term of service after completing her master’s degree.

Grant recipients will be able to undertake projects in Africa under the guidance of leading African academics and practitioners and pave the way for impactful careers in Africa.

Scholars receive coordinated leadership and impact programs delivered in partnership with the Skoll Center for Social Enterprise, as well as professional academic and social support during their studies. In addition, scholarship holders will have access to fellowships, mentoring through the AfOx Alumni Network, and non-academic career support.

To apply, interested scientists are encouraged to visit the Graduate Admissions Portal by the deadline for their chosen degree program and state that they would like to apply for AfOx funding. We also recommend that you read the application guide carefully before applying.

Many low-income countries waive the £75 application fee for the Oxford University Master’s Program. Applicants are encouraged to read the Application Fee Waiver section and if she has any further questions about this she should email
Eligible candidates who receive a conditional offer from the
course are invited to apply for the AfOx Graduate Scholarship Program. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed virtually before a decision is made, but a timeline will be shared during the interview stage.

Samuel Alexander

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