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The Mastercard Program

A world-class education at Duke University fostering growth and development in a select group of students from Sub-Saharan Africa and other developing regions.


The Mastercard Foundation Scholars at Duke University represent the intellect and energy of the youth of Sub-Saharan Africa. With a financial commitment of $13.5 million from The Mastercard Foundation, Duke will educate seven classes of five students—a total of 35 students—over 10 years. These outstanding scholars are selected not only for their academic capabilities, but also for their desire to become change agents in Africa. Learn more.

Our Selection Process

Apply to Duke University!


The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Duke is open to students from Sub-Saharan Africa who demonstrate financial need, academic ability and merit, and a commitment to improving the lives of others in their communities. Students apply to Duke first and are then considered for The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program. Learn more.

Current Scholars

A community of scholars, an intellectual hub


The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program is located within the Office of Undergraduate Scholars and Fellows (OUSF) at Duke. OUSF Staff provide full support for the Program through services such as student advising, mentorship, and event planning. Our scholars are part of a larger community of merit scholars and academically engaged students at Duke University.  Learn more.


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