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Michigan State University USA & MasterCard Foundation Fully Funded Scholarships for Africans, 2018


Deadline: February 1, 2018

The MasterCard Foundation has partnered with Michigan State University to provide full tuition scholarships to undergraduate and master’s degree students from sub-Saharan Africa.

The mission of The MasterCard Foundation is to advance education and financial inclusion to catalyze prosperity in developing countries.  The Scholars Program is a 10-year, US $500 million initiative that will enable 15,000 academically talented students from economically disadvantaged communities (mostly in sub-Saharan Africa) to attend secondary school and/or university.

Michigan State University (MSU) is a public research university in East Lansing, Michigan, United States. MSU was founded in 1855 and became the nation’s first land-grant institution under the Morrill Act of 1862, serving as a model for future land-grant universities.

Scholarship Description

Course Level: Scholarships are available for pursuing Bachelor and Masters degree programmes at Michigan State University

Study Subject: Scholarships are awarded to study the subjects offered by the university

Scholarship Location: Michigan USA

Eligibility for the Scholarship:

  • Being a citizen of a Sub-Saharan African country
  • Excelling academically
  • Come from an economically disadvantaged background
  • Having demonstrated the will to give back to your community, country, or continent
  • Having expressed the desire and intention to return to your home country after completing your studies.

Note: Students who are already enrolled in degree programs in Africa or elsewhere are not eligible for the program.

Eligible Countries: The program is open to residents and citizens of Sub-Saharan African countries.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement: Graduate: The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Michigan State University for master’s students is open to students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree at an African university and are residents or citizens of an African country.

Test Requirement: Undergraduate applicants must provide either WAEC/NECO Scratch Card information, official or certified copies of O and A level results, or any National High School Leaving Examination results.

English Language Requirement

Undergraduate: MSU currently does not waive English language requirements for any country in Africa, even if the primary language of students’ schooling is English. (See MSU’s English language proficiency requirements for more details.) International students must provide English language proficiency examination results to be considered for admission to MSU. Students only need to take one of the following exams to prove English language proficiency: SAT, ACT, IELTS and TOEFL The MasterCard Foundation Scholarship is not available to those who only qualify for provisional admission based on their TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Graduate: Each department has varying requirements for standardized testing. Please check with individual program and department to verify which tests and what scores you need for regular admission into the program.

USA Scholarships

Scholarship Benefits

The MasterCard scholarship will cover for those accepted to the program.

  • Full tuition fees at the overseas rate;
  • Costs incurred for visa and processing;
  • Costs incurred for English language tests;
  • Economy class air tickets to and from Michigan for awardees who are citizens and residents of a Sub-Saharan country;
  • University self catered accommodation;
  • A food stipend to cover costs of food expenses;
  • A general stipend to cover basic living costs, including an academic allowance towards prescribed textbooks, printing and school supplies.

Applications close: February 1, 2018

How to Apply:

Complete this scholarship application and upload it electronically via online admissions account.

Undergraduate Application Form

Graduate Application Form

Visit the Official Scholarship Website for more details.

For more scholarships and other offers click here.


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  2. NIZEYIMANA Alphonse

    I am Alphonse from Rwanda. Please the information on the Master’s form provided has expired as it is of 2017 intake. Can U release the latest one?

  3. oluwamuyiwa John Timothy

    Oluwamuyiwa John Timothy

    • oluwamuyiwa John Timothy

      l am Oluwamuyiwa John Timothy from Nigeria. l need full information, and how to apply for for the Masters for.

  4. I am from ethiopia Melese Tirualem
    How to apply

    • My name is Mariama Mustapha I am in Ghana and have completed my bachelor degree with the help of my father who toiled for me so my wish is to proceed and have master but he is not financial sound so I decide to write to the scholarship given by your school may be I might be the lucky one .
      Thank you ,hope to be

  5. I am moez Faisal from south Sudan please give me full information how to apply to it

  6. I am Okafor Mirian from Nigeria. I need the full information on how to apply for MSc programme. Thanks

  7. I am Akapo EMMANUEL, from Nigeria. Pls how do I go about it.

  8. I am Tida Janneh from the Gambia I need you to help me apply for the scholarship.I am a certificate graduated early childhood facilitator. I wanted to forward my course to another level. Thanks so much

  9. I have not seen the form to fill. Am a primary school teacher with a diploma, can I get a vacancy at Michigan University?? Eagerly wanting it because incapacitated to join university

  10. My name is William Ngor, from Republic of South Sudan. I’am Bachelor degree holder in Business Administration, in India and much more interested in developing my career in this particular field. I shall be glad if chance knocked at my door for this wonderful schlorship to the great nation the USA. Thanking you!!

  11. My name is Olana Ayana, from Ethiopia.I’am Bachelor degree holder in water resources and irrigation engineering if chance knocked at my door for this wonderful scholarship to the great nation the USA. Thanking you!!

  12. My name is gudeta duga, from ethiopia. i have bachelo degree in pharmacy. Now Iwant to study masters degree, THANK YOU.

  13. shokanla oluwaseun faizal

    I am FAIZAL SEUN SHOKANLA. I have just finished my B.Sc. Computer Science from a Nigerian University. I aim to attend Michigan State University through your scholarship award. I need to see your help form to fill. Please help.

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