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Fully Funded Mastercard Foundation Baobab Digital Innovation Scholarship for Africans 2023

Arizona State University is pleased to announce the Baobab Digital Innovation Scholarship, a graduate scholarship program that will train 25 talented African professionals at the Master’s level in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation.

This scholarship program is part of EdPlus, a central enterprise unit for ASU that focuses on the design and scalable delivery of digital teaching and learning models to improve student success and lower challenges to academic achievement.

Brief Description

Scholarship Sponsor(s): Mastercard Foundation and Arizona State University

Scholarship Type: Full Funding

Host Institution(s): Arizona State University

Scholarship Worth: Varies

Number of Awards: 25

Study Level: Postgraduate (Masters)

Nationality: Africans

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be considered for the Baobab Digital Innovation Scholarship, candidates must fulfill the requirements listed below:

  • Applicants must want to apply for one of the eligible programs listed above.
  • Applicants must qualify academically for admission to the degree of their choice, that includes a high level of English proficiency.
  • Applicants must be citizens of an African country.
  • Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 35 on or before the application deadline.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a track record of leadership and service in their community.
  • Applicants must present economically disadvantaged financial circumstances, and be able to show a lack of financial means from family or other sources to pursue graduate education in their home country or elsewhere.
  • Applicants must have earned an undergraduate degree with a required minimum of 4 years of study.  
  • Applicants must not have started or completed other graduate degrees before August 2023.  
  • Applicants must be able to live in Phoenix, Arizona for the duration of the program.

Scholarship Benefits

The Scholarship will cover the following:

  • Costs incurred for visa application processing
  • Costs incurred for English language tests
  • Costs incurred for GRE or other equivalent exams
  • Airfare to and from Phoenix, Arizona
  • Full tuition, books and fees
  • Housing
  • Participation in Scholarship programming

How to Apply for Mastercard Foundation Baobab Digital Innovation Scholarship

Interested applicants for the Baobab Digital Innovation Scholarship 2023 are to complete an online application by the application deadline.

All applicants are advised to apply for the scholarship first and, if successful, will be assisted in the process of applying for admission to Arizona State University. Interviews via video or phone calls will be held during November 2022, with final decisions made by February 2023. All successful applicants will travel to Phoenix, Arizona to join the Program in July 2023. 

Please note that applicants are entitled to make one application per year to the Program. All applicants, once registered, should have read and understood the Application Guidance before submitting an application to the Program to avoid any errors or incorrect information. Arizona State University and the Mastercard Foundation reserve the right to cancel incomplete and/or late applications, to effect changes to the conditions of the scholarship or to make no awards at all.


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