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Postgraduate Application Guidance

Postgraduate Application Guidance for 2019 Entry 

Thank you for your interest in applying to the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at The University of Edinburgh. This document will guide you through the full application process. Please ensure you have read thoroughly and understood all of the guidance before starting your application to the Program.

You are eligible to register and start only one application per year, so do ensure you have understood the application process and you are able to answer each section correctly, and to the best of your ability.

Please note that all applicants for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Edinburgh should apply for the scholarship before applying for admission to the University. If you are successful, we will assist you in the process of applying for admission. Please only complete a UCAS application for university admission if you are applying to other universities or other funding opportunities in the UK.

You are not required to have completed an English Language Test at the time of applying and if you are successfully awarded a Mastercard Foundation Scholarship, we will support you with your English language requirements. If you do have a valid English Language Certificate, please upload it before submitting your application.  

All applications must be submitted by 12:00 GMT on Friday 30 November. You should start your application as early as possible as it may take up to 3 working days for your eligibility to be assessed by the MCF team, before you can complete the full application. Late applications will not be accepted.

The Application Process

The application is made up of four parts. If eligible, you must ensure you have completed Steps 1-3 in order to submit your application. Step 4 is optional at this stage of the application.

Step 1.     Applicant Declaration 

Step 2.     Postgraduate Eligibility Assessment

Step 3.     Essay Questions

Step 4.     Upload Supporting Documents (this is an optional step at this stage)
Choosing your Scholarship

Once you have registered and logged on to the application system, click ‘View Scholarships’, which will take you to the list of scholarships that are currently open i.e. Undergraduate (on campus) or Postgraduate (on campus).  

Choose the correct Scholarship for you by clicking ‘Apply Now’ on the right-hand-side. This will open up Step 1 of the application process.

Click ‘Start’ to begin answering the Applicant Declaration.

Step 1.     Applicant declaration  

The declaration will help you to decide if you are eligible to apply for the Mastercard Foundation Scholarship Program at The University of Edinburgh. It is important you answer all of the statements truthfully as later in the application process you will be asked related questions and to provide supporting documentation.  

- I confirm I have read and understood the minimum entry requirements to the university 
You should read and have understood our Minimum Grade Requirements for postgraduate applications. If you are unable to find the qualification you have achieved or are due to achieve, please choose ‘Yes’ and proceed with your application. You will be asked for further detail and proof of your qualifications later in the application process for us to assess. 
- I confirm I am a resident and a citizen of a Sub-Saharan African country 
You must be both a resident and a citizen of a Sub-Saharan African country. If you are currently residing in a non-Sub-Saharan African country for education purposes only, you are eligible to apply. If you currently reside in a non Sub-Saharan African country for any other reason, you may not be eligible for this scholarship.

- I confirm I have not completed a postgraduate degree previously and am not due to complete a postgraduate degree before September 2019 
The scholarship looks to support people who haven’t yet had the chance to study for a postgraduate degree. 

- I confirm I would not have the means to continue to postgraduate study without receiving financial support 
The scholarship looks to support people who would benefit most and wouldn’t have the opportunity to study at university without support. 

- I confirm I have a track record of leadership and service within my community 
We are looking for individuals who demonstrate a record of leadership and a sense of giving back to their community. You will be asked to write about this in your application form. 

- I confirm I understand that this is a fully funded academic and transformative leadership programme, including opportunities alongside my academic studies 
As well as completing a degree at The University of Edinburgh, you will also be required to take part in a transformative leadership programme, which includes regular catch-ups, a leadership retreat, and a work-based placement. 

- I confirm I am applying to start a degree in September 2019
You must have completed your undergraduate studies and be ready to start at The University of Edinburgh in September 2019. We will provide arrival support and guidance to all successful applicants. 

- I confirm that all of the above statements are true to the best of my knowledge and at the time of completing this application 
It is important for you to confirm that all of your answers are true at the time of completing the application. Any incorrect answers may jeopardise your application at a later stage. 

Once you have completed the Declaration click ‘Save and Exit’. If you have been deemed eligible to move to the next Step, you will be asked to complete Step 2, the Applicant Eligibility Check. Click ‘Start’ to begin answering the Applicant Eligibility Check.
2.     Postgraduate Eligibility Assessment
The eligibility check provides the team at The University of Edinburgh with some additional information so we can decide if you meet some key eligibility criteria.  

A.         Personal Details  

First Name 
Enter your first name as it appears on your passport and/or national ID card. 

Middle Name (if applicable) 
This field is optional.  

Last Name 
Enter your last name as it appears on your passport and/or national ID card. 

Date of birth 
You must enter your date of birth as DD/MM/YYY. 

Alternative email address  
In case we are unable to contact you via your primary email address, we may contact you on this alternative email address. This field is optional.  

What is your country of citizenship? 
Enter your country of citizenship. If you have more than one nationality, please also include these in the fields below.

What is your country of residence?
Enter your country of residence. 

B.         Degree Qualification  

Degree title 
You should enter the full title of your undergraduate degree. 

University name 
You should enter the full name of the university where you completed or are due to complete your undergraduate degree. 

Have you completed your degree? 
Please indicate whether you have completed your undergraduate degree at the time of completing the application form. If you have not completed your school leaving certificate, you can enter the date you expect to complete. 

Date of award
If you have clicked ‘Yes’ for the question above, you should enter the date you completed your undergraduate degree. If you have clicked ‘No’ in the question above, please enter the date you expect to finish. All dates should be entered as DD/MM/YYY. 
Country where you achieved or are due to achieve your undergraduate qualification 
You should enter the country in which you have completed your undergraduate degree, which is the qualification you need to apply to The University of Edinburgh.

If your country of study is not included in the dropdown list, please choose 'Country not listed' and enter the country in the next field.  
Click ‘Next’

Type of qualification 
You should enter the type of qualification you have taken. For example: Bachelors, Maitrice, Licenciado. If you cannot find your type of qualification, click other and provide us with the details.  

Grading scale 
You should enter the scale used to assess your degree qualification. For example: 4-point scale, 5-point scale, A-F, 0 – 100% etc.  

Grades achieved/predicted 
You should enter the grade you have or are predicted to achieve. 

D.         Degree choice 

Which taught Master's degree would you like to apply for at The University of Edinburgh?
You should choose the degree course you are most interested to study as part of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at The University of Edinburgh. All eligible courses are included in the application form. You may only apply to study one of these eligible courses: 

MSc Africa and International Development
MSc Carbon Finance
MA Design for Change
MSc Environment and Development 
MSc Global Health Policy 
LLM Human Rights 
MSc Sustainable Energy Systems 

Once you have completed the Applicant Eligibility Assessment, click ‘Save and Exit’. You will return back to your Progress Page. You must click ‘Click Here to Submit your Postgraduate Eligibility Assessment!’ in order to complete Steps 1 and 2.

You will be asked to confirm if you want to submit. Please note you will not be able to make any edits to your submission after you have submitted Steps 1 and 2.

Click ‘Back to account’.

Depending on your answers, you will be either automatically able to continue to Step 3, or we may need to assess your application before letting you know if you are eligible to continue. If this is the case, you will be notified by email of our decision.

Once you have been given access to Step 3, from your Progress Page, you must click ‘Edit’ next to the application you have started. This will allow you to see Step 3 and Step 4.

Click ‘Start’ and you can begin to complete the Essay Questions.

If you have not been deemed eligible to progress to Step 3, it may be due to the following reasons:

  • You have not demonstrated the academic requirements which would gain you admission to the University of Edinburgh
  • You have not demonstrated that you are a resident and citizen of a Sub-Saharan African country

Step 3.    Essay Questions

Preferred first name
Please enter your preferred name.

Last Name
Please enter your last name.

Please enter your gender.

Postal Address
Please enter your postal address, or your current residential address.

Contact Telephone Number
Please enter a contact telephone number for you.

UUN (if you have applied to the university e.g. S1812345)
If you have already applied to the University, please let us know your UUN. Disregard this is you have not applied to the University already.

Offer Status (if you have applied to the University)
If you have already applied to the University, please let us know your Offer Status. Disregard this is you have not applied to the University already.

If you have applied through an organisation, please provide the name
If you have applied through one of the organisations listed, please let us know.

Are you the first one in your family to study at a university?
If you are the first in your immediate family to study at university-level, click Yes. If you are not the first in your immediate family to study at university, click No and provide more information about where and when they studied.

Your Referee Details
If you are shortlisted for an interview, we will ask this person to provide a reference/letter of recommendation. Your referee has to be someone who has known you for at least a year in an educational or professional capacity, for example a teacher or an employer. It cannot be a family member or a friend. You should ask for their permission before sharing their details with us

Essay Questions 1-5

You must write a minimum of 50 and a maximum of 250 words for each of the five essay questions.

Click ‘Next’ which will take you to the Declaration of Accuracy. You should type your name, use your mouse to electronically sign the application, and include the date. (E-signature: click left-hand button of the mouse and keep it clicked and then move your mouse around the signature area on the screen. If that is not working, click 'Clear' and try again above the line that appears. If on a phone, please use your finger on the screen in the area above the line.)  Click ‘Save and Exit’.

Step 4.    Upload Supporting Documents

Step 4 is optional. If you do currently have a recent academic transcript, academic certificate, or English language certificate, you should upload now. However, we know you may not have this documentation at this time and so uploading is still optional. If you are successful in the application process, you will be required to submit an academic transcript and certificate at a later stage. 

Please do not upload copies of passports, birth certificates, references, letters of commendation, or any other documents.

Once you have completed Steps 1-3 (Step 4 as optional) you must click ‘Submit your application’ to complete the process. You will be asked to confirm you want to submit. Please note you will not be able to make any edits to your submission after you have submitted the application.
You will see the message: “Thank you, your application has been submitted and will be reviewed in the coming months. You will shortly receive an email containing more information on the selection process.”
This is the end of the Application process.
Thank you for your submission.