The Mastercard Foundation has partnered with the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), a network of 66 universities in 26 African countries, with the Secretariat located at Makerere University Main Campus. The partnership focuses on ‘Transforming African Agricultural Universities to meaningfully contribute to Africa’s growth and development’.

The aim of partnership is to transform African agricultural universities and their graduates to better respond to developmental challenges through enhanced application of science, technology, business and innovation for rural agricultural transformation. Under this partnership, 110 Bachelor and 110 Master scholarships will be provided over a period of eight years.

The scholarships target; academically deserving yet economically disadvantaged, marginalized communities and those coming from conflict and post conflict areas of Africa. The scholarships are tenable at Egerton University in Kenya and Gulu University in Uganda.

Students enrolled under this program will receive comprehensive scholarships, leadership development, life skills support, entrepreneurship training and mentorship and exposure to community engagement. For the academic year 2018, 45 Bachelor and 15 Master scholarships are available of which 70% will be for Kenya and Uganda nationals. For Bachelor and Master scholarships, 60% and 50% will be awarded to female applicants, respectively.

Application forms are obtainable from the following places
1.    Office of the Academic registrar, Gulu University Main campus
2.    Gulu University coordination office at UMA showground, Lugogo, Kampala
3.    Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, Gulu University Main campus
4.    Gulu University website at

Applications can be submitted in hard copy or by email attachment to the University of choice. Applications (PDF) by email attachment should not be more than 1-MB two file attachment (i.e. the university admission and scholarship application). Send your applications to:

Egerton University
TAGDev Program Co-ordinator, Egerton University, TAGDev Office in Physics Block
P.O. Box 536-20115, Egerton Njoro, Kenya. Email:

Gulu University
Academic Registrar, Gulu University, Awich Road, Laroo Division, Gulu Municipality
P.O.Box 166, Gulu, Uganda. Tel: +256-471-433573
E-mail: with copy to:

Please see Downloads for detailed advert

For additional information about the scholarship please contact:

RUFORUM Secretariat
Plot 151/155 Garden Hill,
Makerere University Main Campus
P.O. Box 16811, Wandegeya,
Kampala, Uganda
Tel: +256-417-713-300 (Office):
Direct: +256-417-713-309

Gulu University
Assoc. Prof. Duncan Ogeng
TAGDev Program Coordinator
Faculty of Agriculture and Environment
Gulu University, Awich Road, Laroo Division,
Gulu Municipality
Tel: +256 782673491

Egerton University
Prof. Nancy W. Mungai
TAGDev Program Co-ordinator
Egerton University
TAGDev Office in New Physics Block
P.O. Box 536-20115, Egerton Njoro, Kenya
Tel: +254 711 68 9880 or +254 720 390 893

The deadline for submission of application for the MCF@RUFORUM Scholarships is Tuesday 28th February 2018 at 17:00 hours (GMT+3). Females are particularly encouraged to apply.

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