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SciencesPo MasterCard Foundation Scholarships 2017/2018

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Sciences Po aims to support 120 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.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA AND SELECTION PROCESS
Candidates must apply online on the dedicated website. There are two steps to the application:

  • First, candidates provide personal information and a letter of recommendation from the Sciences Po partner institution which is supporting their application through the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program.
  • After this first step to assess eligibility, applicants receive an email inviting them to complete the rest of the application: information on their financial situation, their educational background and extra-curricular experiences, and their plans for the future.
    Eligibility for the scholarship is determined in light of candidates’ academic record and socio-economic situation.

APPLICATION FEE WAIVER
Eligible candidates will receive email notification that they can apply online without having to pay the application fee.

Important: eligibility for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program does not guarantee admission to Sciences Po, which entails a separate application process.

APPLY TO SCIENCES PO
The application to Sciences Po is then assessed as per the standard admission procedure for the chosen programme: Bachelor’s, Master’s or Summer School.

AWARD OF THE SCHOLARSHIP
Applications for the Mastercard Foundation scholarship will be considered only for candidates admitted to Sciences Po at the end of the admission process.

Important: admission to Sciences Po does not guarantee award of the scholarship.

UNDERGRADUATE CANDIDATES
Five full scholarships are offered for 2018 to cover all tuition fees and living costs.

The scholarship is awarded for the duration of the Science Po Bachelor of Arts programme (three years) and only for the Europe-Africa specialisation taught on the Reims campus.

The programme hinges on a multidisciplinary educational approach, offering a core curriculum in the social sciences – law, economics, history, political science, humanities and sociology – and a special focus on Africa. Students complete their third year on a university exchange at one of Sciences Po’s partner universities in Africa.

Eligibility criteria

  • You must be a resident and citizen of a Sub-Saharan African country
  • You must be in your final year of high school and not yet have started a post-secondary education
  • You must have a very good level of French and English – minimum level B2 (see language requirements)
  • You must be nominated by one of the institutions partnered with Sciences Po for the programme (see list of registered partners below)
  • You must demonstrate a track record of leadership and/or service within your community
  • You must be able to show that you lack financial means to pursue higher education

Deadlines for applications
Applications for eligibility must be received no later than midnight (Paris time) on 15 February 2018.

GRADUATE CANDIDATES
Five full scholarships are offered for 2018 to cover all tuition fees and living costs.

The scholarship is awarded for the duration of a Master’s programme (two years). All the Master’s programmes offered at our seven graduate schools are compatible with the scholarship, except for one-year Master’s programmes.

Most of our Master’s programmes are taught in English and do not require prior knowledge of French.

Eligibility criteria

  • You must be a resident and citizen of a Sub-Saharan African country
  • You must have completed your undergraduate studies at a foreign higher education institution and have at least a Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum C1 level in English or French depending on the programme you are applying to (see language requirements)
  • You must be supported by one of the institutions partnered with Sciences Po for the programme (see list of registered partners below)
  • You must demonstrate a track record of leadership and/or service within your community
  • You must be able to show that you lack financial means to pursue higher education.

Deadlines for applications
Applications for eligibility must be received no later than midnight (Paris time) on 1 February 2018.

SUMMER SCHOOL CANDIDATES
12 full scholarships are offered for 2018 to cover all tuition fees and living costs. These scholarships are reserved for Mastercard Foundation Scholars studying at another of the Foundation’s partner universities (undergraduate or graduate level).

The scholarship is awarded for the duration of the Summer School’s June session (one month).

The Summer School offers two programmes, one in social sciences and the other in French. Scholarship winners choose one of the two programmes and also get to take a specific 24-hour course focused on transformative leadership in the African context.

Eligibility criteria

  • You must be a citizen of a Sub-Saharan African country
  • You must currently be a Mastercard Foundation scholar at a Mastercard Foundation partner institution
  • You must be supported by an institution partnered with Sciences Po under the programme (see list of authorised partners below)
  • You must demonstrate a track record of leadership and/or service within your community.

Deadlines for applications
Applications for eligibility must be received no later than midnight (Paris time) on 15 February 2018.

For more information, go to the Official Scholarship Webpage.

For more Scholarships, go to studentinfoportal.com/scholarships

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