The Mastercard Foundation – EARTH University Fellowship Program

The Mastercard Foundation - EARTH University Fellowship Program


Since 2011, EARTH University and the Mastercard Foundation have partnered to provide educational opportunities to young leaders who are committed to giving back to their communities. Both organizations support these students in transforming the future of developing regions, particularly Africa. Over 130 Mastercard Foundation Scholars have graduated from EARTH after an intensive, experiential four-year program in agriculture and natural resources management. These educated and high-potential youth are eager to implement their entrepreneurial ideas and/or transition to the world of work to create impact in their families, communities, and countries.

Over 130 Mastercard Foundation Scholars have graduated from EARTH

In order to bridge the gap between graduation and employment, these two organizations sought to accelerate the capacity of Scholars to lead social, environmental, and economic transformation. In 2021, they launched the Mastercard Foundation-EARTH University Fellowship Program, an initiative of competitive, remunerated post-graduate fellowships for EARTH and other Mastercard Foundation Scholar alumni focused on agriculture and rural development. The Fellowship Program matches Fellows with host organizations for a period of twelve months to support professional development and entrance to employment and entrepreneurship opportunities. It seeks to catalyze the impact of these bright young leaders on the African continent.


Esnath Divasoni (’19, Zimbabue) is part of the Mastercard Foundation – EARTH University Fellowship Program.


Here’s what our Fellows are saying about the Program

“I have been able to begin establishing a network of professionals through which I now feel confident in navigating as a professional and which has given me a chance to quickly adapt back home…There is so much I have been able to learn. It’s been a unique experience for me, that I am doing things [and] I am also studying for my graduate studies.”
NYASHA FIDELIS SHUMBAYARERWA, Zimbabwe, Climate Neutral Group

“It was a great opportunity for me because from the first time I read through the materials about the Fellowship – the idea behind the initiative of the Fellowship – I was so excited. From the application process, even being selected among the few Fellows, it was all excitement, the journey. All I can say is I’m grateful. I want to make the best of it.”
JEAN CLAUDE NSENGIYUMVA, Rwanda, One Acre Fund Rwanda

“I have been and continue to be supported…Growing professionally comes with building your experience and it’s exactly what the Fellowship Program has done for me. You gave me an opportunity and platform where I am able to accomplish this.”
PRECIOUS AKAMPURIRA, Uganda, VASCAPE (Value Addition as Seed for Community Advancement and Poverty Eradication)
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For more information about the Fellowship Program and about being a Host Partner, please contact us.