Makerere University, in partnership with Mastercard Foundation is implementing a Scholars Program to enable academically talented yet economically disadvantaged youth from Africa access quality undergraduate education. Only students admitted to Makerere University main campus from the categories specified in the advertisement are eligible to apply. A Completed form should be submitted to Senate Building Level 4, Room 402 or sent through the following email addresses or  Only short-listed candidates will be contacted to appear for interview. Note that the application form is NOT FOR SALE and NO PAYMENTS should be made by the applicant at any stage of the selection process. The deadline for submission is Friday 1st July 2020 at 5.00 pm. Applicants are advised to read the application guidelines below before filling in the form.


ELIGIBILITY: The applicant

  1. 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 the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) from schools located in Eastern Uganda.b) Must have completed A level studies 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 (UACE) 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 completed application should include the following:

a) Three Passport size photographs with the applicant’s name written at the back in block letters. (Paste one on the form and two should be submitted in an envelope).

b) A copy of the applicant’s Birth Certificate.c) A copy of Refugee Identity document where applicable
d) A copy of the academic documents including Primary Leaving Examination, Ordinary Level, and Advanced Level Certificates.
e) Photocopies of Advanced Secondary Level bank slips.
f) Copies of death certificate(s) of biological parent (s) (if applicable).
g) Copies of result slip for term one and two of senior six
h) Hand drawn physical map of LC I /Village of residence with clear directions of how to get to the home of residence (indicate approximate distances in kilometers from the main road).
i) Endorsement by the Head Teacher of the A-level School attended in Section G (signed and stamped).
j) Endorsement by the LC 1 of the District of Residence in Section H (signed and stamped)
k) Recommendation from the former sponsoring organization


This information must be as detailed as possible. Scanty information will be a disadvantage to your candidature. The following categories are given as a guide but are not exhaustive.

1.   If your father/mother/guardian is or was a businessperson, describe the business e.g. if he/she is a hawker, petty trader, retail trader, wholesaler or manufacturer, describe the categories of the goods he/she trades in. In addition, give the physical address of the business.
2.    If your father /mother/guardian is an employee, state the position held and the organization/Ministry and the corresponding salary scale.
3.    If your father/mother/guardian is or was a farmer, state whether he/she is or was a subsistence farmer, mixed/integrated/semi-commercial or commercial farmer and the type of farming i.e. whether it is keeping livestock or growing crops or a combination of both. In addition, you should estimate the number of acres on which the farming is done.


a) Whereas both male and female applicants are eligible, female applicants will be given priority.
b) Incomplete application forms will be automatically disqualified
c) All applicants or those who will submit the application form should ensure that they register in the book.
d) Applications slipped under the doors of any office will NOT be accepted.
e) 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.
f) Cases of impersonation, falsification of documents or giving false / incomplete information, whenever discovered either at the time of receiving the award or afterwards will lead to automatic cancellation of the award, refund of the money already spent on a beneficiary / prosecution in the courts of law of Uganda.
g) Filling in and submitting an application form does not guarantee one a scholarship.
h) 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 conning the public will be prosecuted in courts of law.
i) 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.
j) Only successful applicants will be notified at every stage of the scholarship application process, and the decision of the Selection Committee will be final in the awarding of the scholarship.
k) Those applicants who will not have heard from us by 28th August, 2020 should consider their application unsuccessful.


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