RUFORUM/Mastercard Foundation TAGDev Scholarship 2024/2025 for Africans

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) in partnership with Mastercard Foundation, are implementing a 10-year (2023-2033) Transforming African Agricultural Universities to Meaningfully Contribute to Africa’s Growth and Development (TAGDev 2.0) program.

The program seeks to strengthen universities and TVET institutions to better serve communities by skilling and empowering Africa’s young people and their institutions to drive inclusive, equitable and climate resilient transformation of agriculture and agri-food systems. The program will support young African students that are economically disadvantaged but academically competent to enable them complete their studies.


  • Scholarship Sponsor(s): RUFORUM/Mastercard Foundation
  • Host Institution(s): Gulu University, Uganda & Egerton University, Kenya
  • Funding Amount: Funded
  • Number of Awards: Several
  • Study Level: Bachelors & Masters
  • Nationality: African Students

Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for RUFORUM/Mastercard Foundation TAGDev Scholarship are as follows:

  • Applicants must be a national of Kenya and Uganda to benefit from the national respective scholarship quota
  • Applicants must be a refugee residing in Uganda and Kenya to benefit from a regional quota
  • Applicants must come from economically disadvantaged, marginalized communities, coming from conflict and post conflict areas.
  • Applicants must be less than 25 years for undergraduate and less than 30 years for masters studies at the time of application.
  • Applicants must be 29 years and below for a refugee and persons with disability for undergraduate studies and 34 years and below for refugees and persons with disability for masters studies at the time of application.
  • Applicants Should have completed secondary school and/or diploma for a Bachelors degree application not more than two years from the time of this call.
  • The applicant should meet admission criteria to eligible programs in the university of choice (Egerton University or Gulu University).
  • For admission into Gulu University for an undergraduate degree programme one must have attained a High School Certificate (HSC) also known as Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) or its equivalent.
  • For admission into Egerton University one must have completed the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) or its equivalent.
  • Demonstrate interest in agriculture, agribusiness and entrepreneurship
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities and commitment to service of humanity.

Eligible Programs

The following programs have been prioritized by the two universities to for the academic year 2024/2025

Gulu University


  • Agriculture
  • Food Bioscience and Agribusiness
  • Biosystems Engineering
  • Entrepreneurship and Communication Management


  • Food Security and Community Nutrition
  • Agri-Enterprises Development
  • Agronomy
  • Biosystems Engineering

Egerton University


  • Agricultural Education and Extension
  • Science in Agriculture


  • MSc Agri Enterprise Development
  • MSc Environmental Studies

Application Procedures

How-to-Apply: Applicants are encouraged to fill out the online application and print it out to attach to their application for admission to the university of choice. The procedure for submitting the TAGDev 2.0 scholarship application through the RUFORUM Information Management System (RIMS) is as follows:

  • Access the RIMS Web Portal through;
  • Create your account by clicking on Register Here
  • An email will be sent to your valid email address to activate your account. Please check in the Spam or Junk for message in case activation mail is not reflected in your inbox.
  • Login using your email and password you used for creating.
  • After successful login, the Applicant Dashboard will appear with different options.
  • Go to Calls – Scholarship Calls
  • Select the Call ID: RU/2024/TAGDev-2.0/001
  • Click Apply to start filling the Application Form.
  • Remember to save while filling the form by “Clicking Save Draft”
  • Download, print and submit it with your application form for admission to the University of your choice.
  • Depending on the University you are applying to, you may either submit the document in hard copy or simply attach it on the university online portal. For any assistance, kindly contact the administrator at [email protected]. 

Application Deadline: June 30, 2024

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