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Mastercard Foundation/ASU Baobab Digital Innovation Scholarship 2022

In partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, Arizona State University will provide graduate scholarships to train 25 young African professionals at the Master’s level for various programmes over 4 years (2021 – 2025).

This scholarship programme is situated within EdPlus, a central enterprise unit for ASU, focused on the design and scalable delivery of digital teaching and learning models to increase student success and reduce barriers to achievement in higher education.

This is a fully immersive and traditional on-campus 2-year Master’s programme with a focus on training EdTech experts for Africa. While classes are in session, Scholars have the opportunity to work part-time with the Baobab team to gain hands-on experience implementing the strategic objectives of the Baobab Platform. The Baobab Platform consists of the implementation of an online learning community that will eventually include over 70,000 aspiring young African leaders around the globe. Between the first and second year, Scholars will be supported to participate in a 2-month Africa-based internship that aligns with their program of study.

About MasterCard Foundation

The Mastercard Foundation seeks a world where everyone has the opportunity to learn and prosper. All people, no matter where their starting point in life, should have an equal chance to succeed. We believe that with access to education, financial services, and skills training, people can have that chance. Our focus is helping economically disadvantaged young people in Africa to find opportunities to move themselves, their families, and their communities out of poverty to a better life.... read more... read more


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Baobab Digital Innovation Scholarship


Aim and Benefits of Baobab Digital Innovation Scholarship

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

Requirements for Baobab Digital Innovation Scholarship Qualification

  • Applicants must want to apply for one of the eligible programmes 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 a citizen 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 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 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 programme.


Application Deadline

October 7, 2022


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to MasterCard Foundation on asu.co1.qualtrics.com to apply

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. 

There are 2 ways to submit your application:

  • To submit an online application, Click Here
  • If you have limited internet access, you can complete and submit a downloadable version of the application to [email protected] To access the downloadable form Click Here.

For more details,visit Baobab website

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