Graduate Scholarship Opportunities

Mastercard Foundation renewed its partnership with Makerere University for the second phase of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program spanning from 2023 to 2034. The second phase of the Program will offer 1000 Scholarships for 10 years, for both Undergraduate and Master's Academic Programmes at the Makerere University Main Campus.

The Program aims to deepen inclusive University education and empower the youth to transform into leaders who will make meaningful contributions to national and regional development.

  1. Only students with the minimum requirements to be admitted to Makerere University - Main Campus from the categories specified in the advertisement are eligible to apply. A Completed form should be submitted to One of the Following Options;
    1. Hand deliver the hard copy form to the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University Offices located at Plot 144, Pool Road, Makerere University.
    2. or send it as an attachment through the following email address: 
    3. Apply directly online (Link at the bottom)
  2. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for further selection engagements. 
  3. Note that the application form is NOT FOR SALE and NO PAYMENTS should be made by the applicantat any stage of the selection process
  4. The deadline for submission is Friday 14th June 2024 at 5.00 pm. 

Applicants are advised to carefully read the application guidelines below before filling in the form.


To be eligible to apply for the Mastercard Foundation Scholarship at Makerere University, the following conditions must be met:

  1. The applicant must be qualifying for admission at Makerere University-Main Campus, for the Master’s Degree Programme. Therefore, all applicants should apply for admission at Makerere University and, only those Applicants that shall be admitted at Makerere University shall be considered eligible for the Scholarship Selection process. 
  2. The Applicant must have completed the Bachelor's Degree Studies in an African Country
  3. Applications are restricted to individuals facing significant financial hardships.
  4. Applicants must demonstrate leadership potential and a record of community service
  5.  Applicants should not be holders of any other Scholarship.
  6.  Applicants should not have registered for/completed any other master's studies.
  7. The Applicant should not exceed 35 years of age at the time of the deadline of the Application. 
  8. Applicants under the category of Refugees and Students with Disabilities should not exceed 40 years of age at the time of the deadline of the Application.
  9. A refugee applicant must be a recognized and registered refugee with proof (refugee attestation) attached to the application form.

Important to Note

  1. At most 70% of the scholarship opportunities will be awarded to female applicants while 30% will go to Male applicants with further categorization. Females are therefore encouraged to apply
  2. At most 25% of the Scholarships shall be awarded to Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDP)s. young people in this Category are therefore encouraged to apply
  3. The utmost 10% of the Scholarships shall be awarded to Youth with Disabilities. Young people in this category are therefore encouraged to apply
  4. Incomplete application forms will be automatically disqualified.
  5. This program exercises merit principles and zero tolerance for dishonesty. Any form of influence peddling by anybody will lead to automatic disqualification of the applicant.
  6. Cases of impersonation, falsification of documents, or giving false/incomplete information, whenever discovered either at the time of receiving the award or afterward will lead to automatic cancellation of the award, refund of the money already spent on a beneficiary/prosecution in the courts of law of Uganda.
  7. Makerere University appeals to the public to be aware of fraudsters within or outside of the University, who might want to take advantage of the scholarship application process by way of selling scholarship forms or soliciting for money in the hope of securing an applicant a scholarship. THE MASTERCARD FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FORM IS FREE OF CHARGE; individuals caught in the act of conning the public will be prosecuted in courts of law.
  8. The Department of Academic Registrar is responsible for all University admissions. All potential Scholarship applicants should meet the requirements to be admitted into the University on the private sponsorship scheme.
  9. Only successful applicants will be notified at every stage of the scholarship application process, and the decision of the Program Steering Committee will be final in the awarding of the scholarship.
  10. Those applicants who will not have heard from us by 16th August 2024 should consider their application unsuccessful.
  11. Filling and submitting an application form does not guarantee a scholarship.

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