Digital Innovation Scholarship 2023 ASU/Mastercard Foundation at Baobab (Fully-funded)

 Arizona State University will offer graduate scholarships in collaboration with the Mastercard Foundation to teach 25 young African professionals at the Master's level for a variety of programs over a four-year period (2021 – 2025).

This scholarship program is part of EdPlus, a central enterprise unit for ASU that focuses on the creation and scalable delivery of digital teaching and learning models to boost student success and lower obstacles to academic success.

This traditional 2-year on-campus master's program is totally immersive and focuses on developing EdTech specialists for Africa. Scholars have the chance to work part-time with the Baobab team while classes are in session in order to obtain practical experience putting the strategic goals of the Baobab Platform into practice. A global learning network with over 70,000 aspiring young African leaders will eventually be implemented as part of the Baobab Platform. Between the first and second years, Scholars will get financial support to take part in a 2-month internship in Africa that is related to their course of study.

The following full-time, on-campus graduate programs are eligible for scholarships:

  • MS User Experience
  • M.S. in Graphic Information Technology
  • MS in computer science
  • MS in information technology
  • MA in Learning Sciences
  • Electronic Culture, MS
  • Business Administration Master's (MBA)
  • Marketing or Business Analytics must be chosen as an MBA concentration.

About MasterCard Foundation

The Mastercard Foundation strives for a society in which everyone is given the chance to grow and develop. No matter where in life they begin, everyone should have an equal chance to succeed. We think that people can have that opportunity if they have access to education, financial services, and skill development. Our main goal is to provide possibilities for young Africans who are struggling economically so that they, their families, and their communities can escape poverty and live better lives.
Digital Innovation Scholarship 2023 ASU/Mastercard Foundation at Baobab (Fully-funded)

ASU/Mastercard Foundation Baobab Digital Innovation Scholarship: Goals and Benefits.

The following will be covered by the scholarship:

  • Costs associated with processing visa applications.
  • Costs associated with taking English language examinations.
  • Exam fees for the GRE or other comparable tests.
  • Cost of flying to and from Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Whole cost of tuition, books, and fees.
  • Housing.
  • Involvement in scholarship programs.

Qualification Standards for the ASU/Mastercard Foundation Baobab Digital Innovation Scholarship.

  • To be qualified to apply, a program must be one of those listed above.
  • For admission to the degree of their choosing, applicants must be academically qualified, which includes having a high level of English proficiency.
  • Citizens of African nations are required to apply.
  • Prior to the application deadline, applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 35.
  • Candidates must present evidence of their previous community leadership and service.
  • The applicants must have a poor financial situation and be unable to obtain funding from family or other sources to continue their graduate studies in their native country or abroad.
  • Candidates must have completed a minimum of 4 years of study toward an undergraduate degree.
  • Before August 2023, candidates could not have begun or finished any other graduate degrees.
  • The ability to reside in Phoenix, Arizona for the duration of the program is a requirement for applicants. 

Application Deadline

October 7, 2022


All applicants are encouraged to apply for the scholarship first, and those who are accepted will receive assistance with the admissions application process at Arizona State University. Final judgments will be decided by February 2023 following video or phone interviews in November 2022. In July 2023, all accepted applicants will fly to Phoenix, Arizona, to begin the Program.

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