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Fall 2018 Graduate Scholarship Application

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Michigan State University for master’s students is open to students who have already completed a bachelor's degree at an African university and are residents or citizens of an African country. This program targets academically qualified yet economically disadvantaged young people in Africa who will contribute to the transformation of the continent.

This application is for GRADUATE applicants only

We are not currently accepting UNDERGRADUATE applications


How to Apply

Step 1: Apply to Desired Master's Program

To apply for a MasterCard Foundation Scholarship at MSU, prospective Scholars must first apply to the desired master's program through the program's department. After being accepted to the program, the Scholar must be nominated for a MasterCard Foundation Scholarship by a faculty member.

Only students who have been admitted to on-campus Master's Programs are eligible for this scholarship. A list of graduate programs is available at the MSU Graduate School website.

Save your applicant ID and password during the MSU application process; you will need it to complete the MCF Scholarship Application.

Step 2: Complete an English Proficiency Exam

Complete an English Proficiency Exam (TOEFL or IELTS) and any other examinations (for example GRE or GMAT) which the department or program you're applying to requires.

Students are strongly encouraged to take these exams no later than early-December 2017 for MSU to receive scores promptly.

Step 3: Submit All Supporting Documents to the Master's Program

  • Ensure that the master's program department receives all required supporting documents and official test scores.
  • Each department sets its own criteria for admission. Read the department's website carefully and then follow the department's instructions for graduate admission.
  • Submit all required official academic documents, letters of support, official test scores, etc. as indicated by the department and on the Application for Graduate Admission.

Communicate directly with the appropriate graduate department regarding the status of your application.

Step 4: Complete The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program Application

Complete the MCF Scholarship Application (.docx) and send it to your graduate department; it should arrive no later than February 1 each year. If submitting a hand-written scholarship application, ensure that the document is clearly legible after it has been scanned.

Step 5: Submit the Recommendation Form

Submit at least one Recommendation Form (.docx) from an individual who can confidently speak to your family's economic circumstances. Please select someone other than a family member (teacher, community member, etc.) who knows you well and can best answer the questions on the Recommendation Form. Do not submit more than two Recommendation Forms.


Application Timeline for August 2018

Official Dates To Be Announced

FEBRUARY: Application, all required documents, test scores and Scholarship Application due to Department/Program. Recommender Form(s) due to mcfs(at)msu.edu

MARCH: Finalist Interviews

APRIL: Notification of scholarship status

MAY: Awardee decision due date

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