Apply For 2024 Carnegie Mellon University Africa Mastercard Scholarships, Rwanda

The CMU-Africa Mastercard Scholarships aim to support talented students whose potential surpasses their financial resources. These scholarships enable graduate students to complete their Master of Science degrees in Information Technology, Electrical and Computer Engineering, or Engineering Artificial Intelligence. Graduates of this program become leaders in their communities and contribute to meaningful transformation across the continent.

CMU-Africa is part of a global network of 33 Scholars Program partners, all dedicated to nurturing Africa’s young leaders.

Key Information:

  • Type: Masters
  • Application Deadline: December 15, 2023
  • Eligible Fields of Study: Information Technology, Electrical and Computer Engineering, or Engineering Artificial Intelligence
  • Eligible Countries: All Sub-Saharan African countries


To qualify for the Scholars Program, students must demonstrate:

  1. Academic Talent: Scholars are passionate about learning and possess the drive to complete their education.
  2. Commitment to Giving Back: Scholars have shown a commitment to improving their communities.
  3. Potential to Lead: Scholars are poised to be role models, mentors, and change-makers.

To be considered for the Scholars Program, students must first gain admission to one of CMU-Africa’s degree programs. Learn more about tuition, financial aid, and the application process on the CMU-Africa website.

How to Apply:

The application process for CMU-Africa involves two steps:

  1. Submit an Online Application
  2. Complete Competency Tests

Notably, as a response to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, GRE scores will not be accepted during this admissions cycle.

Important Dates:

Here are some key dates to remember during the application process:

  • October 1: Application period opens for all programs. You can begin your application for the MSIT, MSECE, and MSEAI programs.
  • December 15: Early admission deadline. Submit your application by December 15 for CMU-Africa to cover your competency test fees. You can find more details about test fees on the CMU-Africa website.
  • January 15: Final application deadline. Any applications received after the early admission deadline will only be considered if submitted with valid DET/IELTS/TOEFL scores.
  • January-April: Application review period. After the final application deadline, all components of applications will be thoroughly reviewed.
  • April-May: Admissions decisions are communicated to applicants. You will receive email updates from the admissions team on the status of your application throughout the process.
  • July-August: The New Student Foundation Program is held for admitted students. This program assists new students in making a successful transition to CMU-Africa.
  • September: The semester begins for admitted students.

The CMU-Africa academic calendar provides important dates such as registration, class start dates, add/drop deadlines, and exam dates. Please refer to this calendar as you plan your academic journey at CMU-Africa.

Don’t miss the opportunity to access a world-class education through the CMU-Africa Mastercard Scholarships and be part of a community of future leaders shaping Africa’s technological landscape. Apply before the December 15, 2023 deadline. Wishing all applicants the best of luck!


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