Fully Funded University of Gondar Mastercard Foundation Graduate Scholars Program for Young East Africans

Fully Funded University of Gondar Mastercard Foundation Graduate Scholars Program for Young East Africans

The University of Gondar (Ethiopia) and Queen’s University (Canada), supported by the Mastercard Foundation, have developed a 10-year partnership to advance inclusive higher education for young people with disabilities, develop new occupational therapy programs and advance research for inclusive education and community-based rehabilitation in Africa.

The University of Gondar Mastercard Foundation Graduate Scholars Program will directly benefit academically talented but disadvantaged youth from five East African countries – Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea , Djibouti and South Sudan. The Graduate Scholars Program is designed to help Scholars to acquire transformational and leadership skills and demonstrate high professional and scholarly competencies to effectively influence global, regional, national and local socioeconomic development trends.

The Program is technically and financially supported by Mastercard Foundation and will avail excellent academic and nonacademic support to Scholars during their stay at University of Gondar.

The Eligible Programs Are:

  • Law

  • Sociology

  • Psychology

  • Physiotherapy

  • Nursing

  • Gender and development studies

  • Development and environmental management studies

  • Optometry

  • Public health


    Graduate scholarships are open for Somalia, Eritrea , South Sudan and Djibouti applicants who intend to be a full-time student at the University of Gondar. Applicants with first degree from a recognized University and academically talented, disadvantaged based on the criteria of disability, socioeconomic status, and are not engaged at work at all or have been engaged at work but couldn’t able to cover their study expenses will be eligible for the scholarship. Specifically, to be eligible to apply for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program’s graduate scholarship, applicants must meet the below listed criteria:

  • Earned a Bachelor’s degree in a discipline relevant to their proposed graduate program from recognized University using English as a medium of instruction in the past 5 years with a
    minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) at graduation;

  • Be citizen and permanent resident of Somalia, Eritrea , South Sudan and Djibouti (and residents of the respective countries for at least five years at the time of their application),

  • Youth applicants with disabilities

  • Female applicants with economic but have financial difficulty to finance graduate university education;


    The scholarship covers the full cost of tuition, accommodation/boarding, a stipend and additional expenses such as books. The scholarship also includes academic, financial and social support to help awardees develop into capable leaders in their communities, and experiential activities such as summer camps.

    Application Procedure:

    The application form must be accompanied by the following documents:

  • A medical paper signed by the Health/Hospital Board attesting to your disability type and degree, if you have been assessed by a health professional

  • Completed and signed Scholarship Application Form;

  • Detailed resume of academic, non‐academic and volunteer work;

  • All elementary, high school and university transcripts/student copy;

  • Two letters of recommendations from previous universities;

  • National and/or resident identification card, or passport;

  • Testimonials regarding their economic disadvantage (for Kebele/Woreda Administrator);

  • Letter from District Police Office regarding their criminal record; and,

  • Testimonial about voluntary community giveback and leadership.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Fully Funded University of Gondar Mastercard Foundation Graduate Scholars Program for Young East Africans

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