MCFSP Call for Applications 2020/2021

Since 2014, the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University has provided scholarships to academically talented, yet economically disadvantaged students from Sub-Saharan Africa to access quality undergraduate education. The Program focuses on developing transformative leaders and encouraging them to be active contributors to society. Recipients of this scholarship are provided with comprehensive financial, academic, career as well as social support for the entire period of their study at the University. Makerere University is pleased to announce 51 undergraduate scholarship opportunities for the
academic year 2020/2021.


a) Only youth in the categories below qualify to apply:

i. Refugees living in Uganda

ii. Internally displaced youth

iii. Students who completed the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) from schools located in Northern Uganda.

iv. Students who completed Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) from schools located in Eastern Uganda.

b) Must have completed the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) in 2018 or 2019 and must not be a registered student of any other University/Institution.

c) Must be admitted on private scheme to study at Makerere University main campus in the academic year 2020/2021. This means that in order to fit within the admission guidelines, all Scholarship applicants should endeavor to apply for admission when Makerere University advertises for private sponsorship.

d) Must be from an economically disadvantaged background.

e) Should exhibit academic excellence in either Sciences or Arts with a minimum of 11 points for young women and 13 Points for young men obtained in Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (U.A.C.E) or its equivalent obtained in 2018 and 2019.

f) Must demonstrate leadership potential and have a record of community service.

g) Should not be a holder of any other Scholarship.


a) Applicants should obtain and complete the Scholarship Application Forms at no cost from Makerere University, Senate Building Level 4, Room 402, or Download the application forms from the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere website on or visit Makerere University website at

b) Submit completed application forms to the address in (1) above by 5.00pm on Friday 15th May 2020. If submitting by email as an attachment, ensure the scanned copy of the scholarship application form is clearly legible and send to or


a) Whereas both young men and women applicants are eligible, young women applicants will be given priority.

b) This program exercises merit principles and zero tolerance to dishonesty. Any form of influence pedaling by anybody will lead to automatic disqualification of the applicant.

c) Cases of impersonation, falsification of documents, giving false and or incomplete information whenever discovered will lead to automatic disqualification and or prosecution in the courts of law of Uganda.

d) 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. Mastercard Foundation Scholarship application form is free of charge; individuals caught in the act of defrauding the public will be prosecuted in courts of law.

e) Only successful applicants will be notified at every step of the scholarship application process, and the decision of the Selection Committee will be final in the awarding of the Scholarship.

f) While the scholarship is a preserve of students admitted to Makerere University, the Scholarship Coordination Office is not responsible for the requirements for admission into Makerere University. All potential Scholarship applicants should meet the necessary requirements to be admitted into the University on the private sponsorship scheme.

g) Those applicants who will not have heard from us by Friday 28th August, 2020 should consider their application unsuccessful.

See full Call for 2020/2021, and Application Form download links here below:

Call for Applications – 2020/2021

Application Form – 2020/2021

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