Mastercard Foundation/Arizona State University Baobab Digital Innovation Scholarship 2021/2022


Baobab in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation and Arizona State University is now accepting applications from eligible Africans for its 2021/2022 fully funded Digital Innovation Scholarship. The deadline for the submission of applications for the Baobab Digital Innovation Scholarship is 19th October, 2020.

Mastercard Foundation:Arizona State University Baobab Digital Innovation Scholarship

In partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, Arizona State University will provide graduate scholarships to train 25 Mastercard Foundation alumni at the Master’s level for various programs over the next 5 years (2021 – 2025).



This scholarship program 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 program with a focus on training EdTech experts for Africa. While classes are in session, Scholars will 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 serves over 8,000 users and is expanding to support 100,000 young Africans globally over the next five years. 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.

Baobab Digital Innovation Scholarship Eligibility.

  • Applicants must want to apply for one of the eligible programs.
  • 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 an alumnus of a Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program before July 2021.
  • 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 within their community.
  • Applicants must not have studied or intend to take up other graduate study before August 2021.  
  • Applicants must be able to live in Phoenix, Arizona for the duration of the program.
  • Women, refugees and displaced persons are strongly encouraged to apply.

Eligible Programs

Scholarships are available for the following full time, on-campus graduate programs:

  • User Experience, MS
  • Graphic Information Technology, MS
  • Computer Science, MS
  • Information Technology, MS
  • Software Engineering, MS
  • Learning Sciences, MS
  • Digital Culture, MA

Baobab Digital Innovation Scholarship Benefits.

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.

Awards are tenable for the duration of the graduate program of study, and at the end of the award, candidates will be expected to return to Africa. 

How to Apply for Baobab Digital Innovation Scholarship.

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 2020, with final decisions made by February 2021. All successful applicants will travel to Phoenix, Arizona to join the Program in July 2021.

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