Duke University, USA and MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program have partnered to offer Undergraduate Scholarships to Sub-Saharan Africa Students – Duke University / MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program.
With a financial commitment of $13.5 million from The MasterCard Foundation, Duke will educate seven classes of five students — a total of 35 students — over 10 years. The MasterCard Foundation Scholars studying at Duke University have come from South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Mauritius, Zimbabwe and others.
The Duke University classes of 2016, 2017 and 2018 include fifteen of these outstanding scholars selected not only for their academic capabilities, but also for their desire to become change agents in Africa.
The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Duke is open to students from sub-Saharan Africa who demonstrate financial need, academic ability and merit, and demonstrated commitment to improving the lives of others in their communities.Students apply to Duke first, and are then considered for The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program.
Citizens of Sub-Saharan African countries
Duke University USA
Fields of study
All undergraduate level courses offered at the university.are eligible
Number of awards
5 grants are awarded each year, until a total of 35 scholarships over the next 10 years
The scholarship covers the full period of study
Full scholarship and mentorship program.
One of Duke’s great advantages for The MasterCard Foundation Scholars is the network of resources the university provides to scholars, their families, and students who are interested in the program.
Method of Application
By simply applying to Duke University all students from Africa will be considered for The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program based on academic talent, financial need, and interest in improving their communities.
It is important to visit the university’s official site (link to it is below) to apply to the course of your interest.
This award will be offered each year for the 10 year prescribed period. The 2017/2018 EARLY deadline date for applications is 1 November 2017; while the REGULAR deadline date for applications is 2 February 2018
The MasterCard Foundation Scholars at Duke University represent the intellect and energy of the youth of Sub-Saharan Africa.
Duke University is a private research university located in Durham, North Carolina, United States. Founded by Methodists and Quakers in the present-day town of Trinity in 1838, the school moved to Durham in 1892. In 1924, tobacco and electric power industrialist James Buchanan Duke established The Duke Endowment, at which time the institution changed its name to honor his deceased father, Washington Duke.
The MasterCard Foundation is an independent global foundation which states it “advances youth learning and promotes financial inclusion to catalyze prosperity in developing countries.” Since its inception in 2006, it has collaborated with partners in developing countries, with a particular focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. It is based at the Eaton Centre in Toronto, Canada and operates independently of MasterCard Worldwide.