Mastercard Foundation Scholarship For African Students at Arizona State University ̶̶ Fully Funded 2024/2025

Applications are now being accepted from African students for the 2024/2025 Innovation and Technology Scholarship (funded by Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program) at Arizona State University.

In partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, Arizona State University will provide a 9-month comprehensive academic and practical training in artificial intelligence (AI) and business for selected Mastercard Foundation Scholars. The Program seeks to cultivate leadership, entrepreneurship and AI technical skills, enabling students to become AI leaders equipped to tackle challenges in Africa and around the globe. 5 Scholarships are available for students admitted for the 2024/2025 academic year, which will cover the full tuition fees, expenses for accommodation, and comprehensive support. On top of financial support, Scholars will participate in activities as part of the wider Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Arizona State University, including leadership curriculum, individual mentorship, and other events and programming. Women, refugees and displaced persons, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. ASU is committed to enhancing the quality of students’ educational experience by ensuring accessibility for all programs and services.

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at ASU equips Scholars with academic skills and professional competencies to make significant contributions to economic growth and social development in Africa. It leverages ASU’s extensive resources and provides signature programming designed to support students’ transitions, leadership development and vision for giving back to their communities. Through the two phases of the program, ASU will support 270 Mastercard Foundation Scholars who are committed to economic and social transformation, particularly in Africa.


  • Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence in Business, MS-AIB

Targeted Countries

  • African Countries


  • USA


  • 9 Months

Eligibility Criteria for the Scholarship

  • Applicants must qualify academically for admission to the degree of their choice that includes English proficiency.
  • Applicants must be a citizen of an African country committed to ethical leadership and demonstrated engagement in their community.
  • Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 33 on or before the application deadline.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a track record of leadership and service in their community.
  • Applicants must demonstrate academic excellence and ambitions that exceed one’s financial resources.
  • Applicants must have earned an undergraduate degree with a required minimum 4 years of study, conferred by July 2024.
  • Applicants must not have started or completed other graduate or masters degrees before August 2024.
  • Applicants must be able to live in Phoenix, Arizona for the duration of the program.
  • Applicants are recommended to have a solid foundation in mathematics, statistics and computer science.

Benefits of the Scholarship

The Scholarship will cover the following:

  • Costs incurred for visa application processing
  • Costs incurred for English language tests
  • Costs incurred for program application
  • Airfare to and from Phoenix, Arizona
  • Full tuition, books and fees
  • On campus housing
  • Participation in Scholarship programming

Awards are tenable for the duration of the graduate program of study.

How to Apply for the Scholarship

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 call will be held in summer 2024, with final decisions made by late May 2024. All successful applicants will travel to Phoenix, Arizona to join the Program in August 2024.



All applicants, once registered, should have read and understood the application guidance and eligibility criteria 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. Admission to the academic program does not guarantee admission to the scholarship program.

Interested candidates should kindly CLICK HERE to learn more about the scholarship and commence their application

Application Deadline

May 6, 2024 (16:00 GMT)