Arizona State University/Mastercard Foundation Baobab Digital Innovation Scholarship 2023/2024 (Fully Funded)

Deadline: October 7, 2022

Applications are open for the Baobab Arizona State University/Mastercard Foundation Digital Innovation Fellowship 2023/2024. In partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, Arizona State University will provide postgraduate scholarships to train 25 young African professionals at the Masters level for various programs over 4 years (2021 – 2025).

This scholarship program is located within EdPlus, a central business unit for ASU, focused on the design and scalable delivery of digital teaching and learning models to increase student success and reduce barriers to success in higher education.

This is a fully immersive and traditional on-campus 2-year Masters program focused on building EdTech experts for Africa. While classes are in session, fellows have the opportunity to work part-time with the Baobab team to gain hands-on experience in implementing the strategic objectives of the Baobab platform. The Baobab platform consists of the establishment of an online learning community that will eventually include more than 70,000 young aspiring African leaders around the world. Between the first and second year, scholars will be supported to participate in a 2-month internship in Africa that matches their program of study.

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
  • Learning Sciences, MA
  • Digital Literacy, MS
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
    • The MBA concentration must be in business analysis or marketing

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The scholarship will cover the following:

  • Costs incurred for the processing of the visa application
  • Expenses incurred for English tests
  • Expenses incurred for the GRE or other equivalent exams
  • Airfare to and from Phoenix, Arizona
  • Full tuition, books and fees
  • Lodging
  • Participation in scholarship programming


  • Applicants must be willing to apply for one of the eligible programs listed above.
  • Applicants must qualify academically to be admitted to their degree of choice, which includes a high level of English proficiency.
  • Applicants must be citizens of an African country.
  • Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 35 by the application deadline.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a track record of leadership and service in their community.
  • Applicants must present an economically disadvantaged financial situation and be able to prove that they do not have the financial means from their family or other sources to pursue higher education in their home country or elsewhere.
  • Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree with a required minimum of 4 years of study.
  • Applicants must not have started or completed other graduate degrees before August 2023.
  • Applicants must be able to live in Phoenix, Arizona for the duration of the program.


All applicants are encouraged to apply for the scholarship first and, if successful, will be assisted in the application process for admission to Arizona State University. Video or phone interviews will take place in November 2022, with final decisions made by February 2023. All successful applicants will travel to Phoenix, Arizona to join the program in July 2023.

There are 2 ways to submit your application:

  • To submit an online application, click here.
  • If you have limited internet access, you can complete and submit a downloadable version of the application at [email protected] To access the downloadable form, click here.

For more information, see the FAQ and visit Baobab Scholarship.