2022/2023 United States International University-Africa USIU-Africa Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program (Fully Funded )

Application for the 2022/2023 USIU-Africa Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program is ongoing.

United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) has partnered with the Mastercard Foundation in its global Scholars Program.

This initiative will offer academically talented youth from Africa facing financial, gender, displacement, or disability constraints an opportunity to access world-class university education.

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at USIU-Africa will provide full-cost scholarships to young Africans who are first-time undergraduate degree-seeking applicants.

By completion of their studies, scholars will be required to lead changes in their communities and contribute to meaningful transformation across the continent, having been equipped with internationally recognized and locally applicable qualifications.

USIU-Africa Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program- Eligibility

  1. Youth not exceeding 29 years old in the following categories qualify:
    • Young women
    • Young men
    • Refugees and displaced youth
    • Youth with disabilities
  2. Scholars must demonstrate the following qualities:
    • Academic talent: They must value learning and have a personal motivation to complete their education. Must meet the university admissions requirement as per the Kenya Commission for University Education or its equivalent.
    • Commitment to giving back: Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to improving their communities through previous and/or past engagements with community outreach activities.
    • Leadership potential: Scholars must show commitment to becoming change makers, role models, and mentors who embrace ethical leadership.
  3. Must be interested in, and meet USIU-Africa’s admissions criteria and academic qualifications to undertake, any of the approved 11 undergraduate degree programs for the Scholars Program at USIU-Africa as follows:
    • School of Science and Technology (SST) – Bachelor of Science in Applied Computer Technology, Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Technology;
    • School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (SPHS) – Bachelor of Pharmacy, Bachelor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics;
    • School of Communication, Cinematic and Creative Arts (SCCCA) – Bachelor of Arts in Animation, Bachelor of Arts in Film Production and Directing;
    • Chandaria School of Business (CSOB) – Bachelor of Science in Finance, Bachelor of Science in International Business Administration, and Bachelor of Science in Accounting;
    • School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS) – Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Benefits of joining the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program:

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars at USIU-Africa will receive holistic support which includes:

  • Tuition and functional fees;
  • Laptops, books, and other learning materials;
  • Reasonable accommodation and meals;
  • Medical insurance;
  • Stipend;
  • Transport to and from home;
  • Access to leadership training;
  • Access to entrepreneurial training;
  • Psycho-social support, career counseling, and mentorship;
  • Disability needs will be reasonably catered for.

Application Procedure

  • Interested applicants can download the application form or pick the forms from the Admissions Office, located in the Main Administration building at USIU-Africa at no cost.
  • Submit completed application form by email ensuring that the scanned copy of the scholarship application form and all the required documents are scanned in PDF format and clearly named while saving, with your name as the email subject to: [email protected] or drop your application at the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Office located on the 2nd Floor, Old School of Humanities and Social Sciences Building at USIU-Africa, or post your application to:

Program Director,
Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program,
United States International University – Africa,
P. O. Box 14634 – 00800, Nairobi – Kenya


Completed application and supporting documents should be sent to [email protected]
by Monday, February 28, 2022.

Our selection committee will review all applications carefully and nominate finalists by the deadline. All finalists will be interviewed either in person or virtually. Communications to the selected Scholars will be done by Thursday, June 30, 2022

Scholarship Timeline

  • Release of call for applications – Tuesday, January 25, 2022
  • Application Deadline – Monday, February 28, 2022
  • Review of applications and communication to shortlisted Candidates – Thursday, June 30, 2022

If you do not hear from us by this date (Thursday, June 30, 2022), please consider your application not successful.

Any queries can be directed through e-mail at [email protected] or phone no: +254 730 116 218 /303 /500 or in person.

Application Deadline: February 28, 2022.

For More Information:

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Entry submission for this program closes on February 28, 2022.

African countries

Thursday, June 30, 2022







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