USIU Africa Foundation Scholarship Application

By | January 18, 2024

The Scholarships are based on academic merit and cover full tuition costs. Applicants must have attained a KCSE score of C+ (Plus) or better and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.7 to remain eligible.

How to Apply to the Scholars Program

Please note: Our partners manage the recruitment and selection of Mastercard Foundation Scholars.

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program is implemented through our partner universities and non-governmental organizations. The application process and decision-making are managed individually by each partner. If you are interested in becoming a Scholar, you must apply through the university of your choice.

Partner institutions have their own deadlines and admission fees. We recommend that you research the application guidelines or contact the institution of your choice for more information. For schools that require application fees as part of the admissions process, the fees will be reimbursed if the student is selected for the Scholars Program.

The Mastercard Foundation is aware of Facebook posts advertising recruitment for scholarship programs under the Program. These groups are not associated with the Mastercard Foundation. We urge the public to avoid engaging with these appeals and to inform us of any groups or posts claiming to be recruiting for Mastercard Foundation scholarships and requesting application fees.

The Mastercard Foundation remains committed to positively impacting the communities and young people reached through our programs. 

Application process:
a. Interested applicants can fill in the application form attached to this call for applications. The
The same can also be downloaded from the website on this link: Application forms can also be picked from the
Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program office at the School of Graduate Studies, Research
and Extension, 2nd floor.
b. Before filling in the application form, please read through all the instructions and required
c. Submit the complete application together with other supporting documents required by email ensuring that the scanned copy of the scholarship application form and all the required documents are
scanned in PDF format. Name while sending with your name and nationality as the email
subject to: or drop your application at the Scholars Program
Office, located in the School of Graduate Studies, Research and Extension building at USIUAfrica

Important dates and deadlines:
• Release of call for applications – Monday, September 25, 2023.
• Application Deadline – Friday, November 24, 2023 at 11:59 pm (East Africa Time)
**If you do not hear from us by this date; Tuesday, April 30, 2024, please consider your application unsuccessful.
Due to the large volumes of applications received, we are unable to give personalized feedback to all the

  • The Scholars program will communicate to applicants through email and phone contact. Applicants
    should ensure that the phone numbers and email addresses provided are accurate and active in order
    to receive important information and feedback.
  • After the selection process, successful applicants will be invited for a virtual or in-person interview
    conducted by independent panels.
  • Applicants who will be discovered to have provided false information during any stage of the application
    and selection process will be disqualified. Any attempt to influence the selection process will lead to automatic disqualification.
  • The Scholars program at USIU-Africa does not work with any agents or intermediaries in the
    application and selection process. There are absolutely NO charges, fees or “facilitation” required
    at any stage of the application and selection process.
    Benefits of joining the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program:
    The Mastercard Foundation Scholars at USIU-Africa will receive holistic support which includes:
    a. Tuition and functional fees;
    b. Laptop and library books;
    c. Reasonable accommodation and meals;
    d. Medical insurance;
    e. Stipend;
    f. Transport to and from home once a year;
    g. Access to leadership training;
    h. Access to entrepreneurial training;
    i. Psycho-social support, career counselling and mentorship;
    j. Disability needs will be reasonably catered for.
    Any queries can be directed through e-mail to or phone no: +254730116218;
    +254730116500; +254730116303; +254730116521; +254730116107; 254730116148; +254730116552;
    +254730116536 or in person.

Apply for USIU Africa Foundation Scholarship