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
For more information about the Fellowship Program and about being a Host Partner, please contact us.