Call for application: Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program

The Mastercard foundation and Sciences Po Paris (France) have launched their new Mastercard Foundation Scholars program. This scholarship program aims at sponsoring a number of African students to pursue master studies in Sciences Po Paris. The scholarship program concerns various degrees at Sciences Po, including Law, International Affairs, Urban studies, Management and Innovation.

The scholarships will be awarded for a period of two years, starting in September 2018. The program is designed for African students with outstanding academic records. The socio-economic background of candidates will also be taken into consideration as the program is intended to help students facing serious financial difficulties.
More details about the scholarship program are available here:

The French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA) is the partner in Nigeria of Sciences Po Paris and the Mastercard foundation for this scholarship program. This means that all Nigerian students interested in applying will have to provide a recommendation letter issued by IFRA.

IFRA Nigeria will not accept any application by courier or hand deposit. Prior to the application submission, candidates must not contact us privately, in person or by phone. All the application details are already here:

Requests for applications must be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. They must contain ALL the following elements, or they will not be considered:

  • complete CV
  • A personal presentation explaining the motivations of the candidates including:
    • The degree the applicant is interested in pursuing.
    • Why the applicant thinks his/her profile is relevant.
    • Long-term goals of the applicant and how this study experience will benefit him/her.

Note that it is extremely important that applicants keep this personal presentation concise (one page maximum) and be as precise and rigorous as possible.

The selected candidates will be assisted by IFRA through the stages of the application process to the scholarship and the master programs at Sciences Po.


Interested students must submit their applications by the 1st of January 2018 at the latest.

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