Fully Funded Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program (MCFSP) for East Africans at the University of G


The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program (MCFSP) at the University of Gondar awards a total of 160 graduate scholarships in the coming eight years, starting from 2018/19. The scholarship will directly benefit academically talented but disadvantaged youth from five East African countries – Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea (refugees in camps located in Ethiopia), Djibouti and South Sudan. The Graduate Scholars Program is designed to help Scholars to acquire transformational and leadership skills and demonstrate high professional and scholarly competencies to effectively influence global, regional, national and local socioeconomic development trends. The Program is technically and financially supported by Mastercard Foundation and will avail excellent academic and nonacademic support to Scholars during their stay at University of Gondar.


  • Law

  • Sociology

  • Psychology

  • Physiotherapy

  • Nursing


  • Graduate scholarships (for September 2018) are open for Ethiopian applicants who intend to be a full-time student at the University of Gondar.

  • Earned a Bachelor’s degree in a discipline relevant to their proposed graduate study from recognized University using English as a medium of instruction in the past 5 years;

  • Earned a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) at the time of graduation;

  • Be citizen and permanent resident of Ethiopia (and residents of Ethiopia for at least five years at the time of application);

  • Have demonstrated economic difficulty to finance graduate studies; and

  • Have leadership/community giveback experience or potential.


  • Applicants currently enrolled in any graduate program at UoG at the time of application cannot apply for Mastercard Foundation scholarship award.

  • Students from Somalia, Eritrea, South Sudan and Djibouti will be able to apply for a graduate scholarship for the September 2019 entry.


  • A medical paper signed by the Health/Hospital Board attesting to your disability type and degree, if you have been assessed by a health professional

  • Completed and signed Scholarship Application Form;

  • Detailed resume of academic, non‐academic and volunteer work;

  • All elementary, high school and university transcripts/student copy;

  • Two letters of recommendations from previous universities;

  • Ethiopian national and/or resident identification card, or passport;

  • Testimonials regarding their economic disadvantage (for Kebele/Woreda Administrator);

  • Letter from District Police Office regarding their criminal record; and,

  • Testimonial about voluntary community giveback and leadership.