Undergraduate Application Guidance
Undergraduate 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 us.
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 must 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.
- If you are only applying for this scholarship in this University or for this University and Scholarship only in the whole of the UK, please do not do UCAS. UCAS is the way people apply for undergraduate study in the United Kingdom, so do not do it and avoid the fee, if this is the only UK University and Scholarship you are planning to apply for.
- If you are applying for other Scholarships in this University or also for other Universities in the UK, please do UCAS and add the University of Edinburgh in your choices.
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 before submitting your application.
All applications must be submitted by 12:00 GMT on Friday 30 November. You should start your application as soon 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 you are eligible to continue after completing the Eligibility Check you must ensure you have completed all 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. Undergraduate 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.
1. Applicant declaration
The declaration will help you to decide if you are eligible to apply to the Scholars 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 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 still eligible to apply. You may not be eligible to apply if you live outside of a Sub-Saharan African country for any other purpose.
- I confirm I have not obtained an undergraduate degree previously
The scholarship looks to support young people who haven’t yet had the chance to study for an undergraduate degree. If you have already completed a university level degree, you are not eligible to apply for the scholarship.
- I confirm I do not have the means to continue my studies at university without receiving financial support
The scholarship looks to support young people who would benefit most and wouldn’t have the opportunity to study at university without support. If you have the financial means to continue your education at university, without support, you are not eligible for the scholarship.
- 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, summer schools and work-based placements.
- I confirm I am applying to start in September 2019
You must have completed your school 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. Please note we only have September entry at The University of Edinburgh.
- I confirm I have completed, or am due to complete, my school leaving qualification in the three years prior to the start date of the scholarship (i.e. You must have obtained your school leaving qualification in 2016 or later.)
You must have completed your school leaving qualification no more than three years prior to starting at the University of Edinburgh. If you finished senior school before 2016, you are not eligible to apply for the scholarship.
- 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 Undergraduate Eligibility Assessment. Click ‘Start’ to begin answering the Undergraduate Eligibility Assessment.
2. The Undergraduate 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
Enter your first name as it appears on your passport and/or national ID card.
Middle Name (if applicable)
This field is optional
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.
If your country of residence is different to your country of citizenship:
How long have you resided in this country?
Please choose an option to indicate the length of time you have lived in the country.
For what purpose did you move to this country?
Please choose an option which answers the question. If the reason doesn’t appear, please click other an enter your answer.
B . School Leaving Qualifications
Country of Study
You should enter the country in which you have completed your school leaving certificate, which is the qualification you need to apply to The University of Edinburgh.
If your country does not appear in the dropdown list, please choose 'Country not listed' and enter your country of study in the next field.
School or College name
You should enter the name of your school or college where you completed your school leaving certificate.
Have you completed your school studies?
Please indicate whether you have completed your school leaving certificate 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.
C . Grades achieved/predicted
Please now enter the subjects you have completed or will complete before you leave school.
You should enter one subject per row and complete the details for that subject only. All of the details you provide here should be the FINAL exam result for each subject. These could be your final exam results you have achieved already or the predicted scores provided from your school or supporting organisation.
If you are completing extra testing beyond your school exams (e.g. SAT tests) you can also include these, using one box for each separate exam or test you will take. If you run out of boxes, please provide any additional information in the section below.
You should enter the subjects you have or are still taking. Please provide accurate subject headings.
You should enter the type of qualification you have taken. For example: A-levels, Matriculation, Senior School Certificate, International Baccalaureate etc.
Please enter the date on which you sat or intend to sit for this exam.
Finally, you should enter the grade you have or are predicted to achieve.
Your entry should look something like this:
Mathematics WAEC 12/05/2018 B+
Please provide any further details about exams or tests you have completed or plan to complete specifically for admission to the University of Edinburgh.
You should include here any other testing or academic qualifications, completed or still to be completed, which would support your admission to the University of Edinburgh.
You should choose the degree programme 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 dropdown list. Please note that courses in Medicine and Veterinary Medicine are not eligible.
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 Undergraduate Eligibility Assessment!’ in order to complete Steps 1 and 2.
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 Steps 1 and 2.
Click ‘Back to account’.
The MCF Team will receive your answers and we will assess your application in the next 2-3 days. You will be notified of this decision via an email sent to the email address you have used to create your account in this system.
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 direct admission to the University of Edinburgh
- You have not demonstrated that you are a resident and citizen of a Sub-Saharan African country
- You have not completed your school leaving qualifications in the specified timeframe
Step 3. Essay Questions
Preferred first name
Please enter your preferred name.
Please enter your last name.
Please enter your gender.
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.