The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program was established at CMU-Africa in 2016. This initiative offers substantial financial, social, and academic backing to students whose potential and commitment surpass their financial means. Guided by the belief that education can act as a catalyst for both societal and economic progress, the program is dedicated to nurturing leaders who have the capacity to bring about positive transformations and actively engage in community development.
CMU-Africa, in collaboration with the Mastercard Foundation, is committed to supporting students whose potential and dedication outshine their financial constraints. These graduate students pursue Master of Science degrees in disciplines such as Information Technology, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Engineering Artificial Intelligence. Upon successfully completing the program, the Scholars emerge as catalysts of change within their communities, contributing significantly to meaningful transformations across the continent.
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Scholars typically face social and economic challenges and must exhibit the following characteristics:
Scholars are assessed based on the following criteria:
- Academic Aptitude: Scholars exhibit strong English language proficiency and a determination to successfully complete their education.
- Dedication to Community Enhancement: Scholars have shown a commitment to making positive contributions to their communities.
- Leadership Potential: Scholars are expected to evolve into role models, mentors, and catalysts for change.
Benefits of the Program include:
- Comprehensive Support: The scholarship encompasses assistance for application preparation, orientation, tuition and fees, health insurance, travel, basic living expenses, project funding, and entrepreneurship support. Scholars also gain access to a range of resources designed to promote their well-being and academic achievement.
- Career Readiness: Scholars partake in customized activities that equip them for the professional world. Throughout their studies, they engage in professional development endeavors, which encompass internships, career fairs, networking opportunities with industry experts, and one-on-one career coaching to prepare them for post-graduation pursuits.
The Program emphasizes the following aspects:
- Cultivating Leadership Skills: Scholars undergo a process of leadership development, which includes active involvement in student clubs, community service, and various programs designed to equip them as agents of change. During their tenure at CMU-Africa, Scholars engage in a series of custom-tailored leadership training sessions to ensure they possess state-of-the-art leadership skills, enabling them to lead with excellence.
- Commitment to Giving Back: Scholars embody the giving-back philosophy of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program by taking the lead in and participating in community service activities. They also conceive and execute projects aimed at making a positive impact on the lives of others. Scholars collaborate with members of the CMU-Africa community to advance their mission of giving back.
Application Deadline: December 15, 2023
Application Process: To apply to CMU-Africa, you need to follow these two steps:
Due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be accepting GRE scores for this admissions cycle.
Key Dates: Here are crucial dates to be aware of when applying to CMU-Africa and understanding the admissions process:
- October 1: The application window opens for all programs. You can initiate your application for the MSIT, MSECE, and MSEAI programs.
- December 15: This marks the early admission deadline. To have CMU-Africa cover your competency test fees, make sure to submit your application by December 15. More information regarding test fees is available.
- January 15: The final application deadline. Applications received after the early admission deadline will only be considered if accompanied by valid DET/IELTS/TOEFL scores.
- January-April: During this period, applications will undergo review. Following the final application deadline, all application components will be meticulously assessed.
April-May: Admission decisions will be communicated to applicants during this period. You will receive email notifications from the admissions team regarding the status of your application at each stage. You can also monitor your application’s progress through your application portal.
July-August: Admitted students will participate in the New Student Foundation Program. This program is designed to facilitate a smooth transition for new students as they embark on their journey at CMU-Africa.
September: The semester commences for accepted students. The Academic Calendar serves as a comprehensive reference and planning tool for students, faculty, staff, and various departments at Carnegie Mellon University. It includes important dates such as registration deadlines, class start dates, add/drop cutoffs, examination schedules, and more. You can access CMU-Africa’s academic calendar for additional details.