Mastercard Foundation Scholars Programme at Arizona State University

Applications for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Programme at Arizona State University 2024 for Africans are ongoing.

Host: Mastercard Foundation/Arizona State University
Open to: Africans
Target: Graduates
Deadline: May 13, 2024
About the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Programme at Arizona State University

In partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, Arizona State University will provide a 9-month comprehensive academic and practical training in artificial intelligence (AI) and business for selected Mastercard Foundation Scholars. The Programme seeks to cultivate leadership, entrepreneurship, and AI technical skills, enabling students to become AI leaders equipped to tackle challenges in Africa and around the globe.

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Five scholarships are available for students admitted for the 2024–2025 academic year, which will cover the full tuition fees, expenses for accommodation, and comprehensive support. On top of financial support, Scholars will participate in activities as part of the wider Mastercard Foundation Scholars Programme at Arizona State University, including leadership curriculum, individual mentorship, and other events and programming.

 Women, refugees displaced persons, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. ASU is committed to enhancing the quality of students’ educational experience by ensuring accessibility for all programme’s and services.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Programme at Arizona State University must:

  • Must qualify academically for admission to the degree of their choice including English proficiency.
  • Applicants must be citizens of an African country committed to ethical leadership and demonstrated engagement in their community.
  • Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 33 on or before the application deadline.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a track record of leadership and service in their community.
  • Applicants must demonstrate academic excellence and ambitions that exceed one’s financial resources.
  • Applicants must have earned an undergraduate degree with a required minimum of 4 years of study, conferred by July 2024.  
  • Applicants must not have started or completed other graduate or masters degrees before August 2024.  
  • Applicants must be able to live in Phoenix, Arizona for the duration of the programme.
  • Applicants are recommended to have a solid foundation in mathematics, statistics, and computer science.
Selection Process

All applicants are advised to apply for the scholarship first and, if successful, will be assisted in the process of applying for admission to Arizona State University. Interviews via video or phone call will be held in summer 2024, with final decisions made by late May 2024. All successful applicants will travel to Phoenix, Arizona, to join the programme in August 2024. 

All applicants, once registered, should have read and understood the application guidance and eligibility criteria before submitting an application to the programme to avoid any errors or incorrect information. Arizona State University and the Mastercard Foundation reserve the right to cancel incomplete and/or late applications, to effect changes to the conditions of the scholarship to make no awards at all. Admission to the academic programme does not guarantee admission to the scholarship programme.


The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Programme at Arizona State University will cover the following for successful applicants:

  • Costs incurred for visa application processing
  • Costs incurred for English language tests
  • Costs incurred for program application 
  • Airfare to and from Phoenix, Arizona
  • Full tuition, books, and fees
  • On-campus housing
  • Participation in Scholarship programming

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Application Procedure

There are 2 ways to submit your application:

We encourage applicants to submit an online application.  To proceed with the online application, please click NEXT
If you have limited internet access, complete a downloadable version of the application. Click HERE to access the form,  This link will open a Word document.  Please do not request edit access.  Click “Open With” to download to your platform of choice.  Or click the Download icon on the top right to download the file directly. Submit the completed form by emailing [email protected] with all required attachments.

For more information, visit the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Programme at Arizona State University

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