The MasterCard Foundation Microfinance Scholars Program

Financial Inclusion

Train microfinance professionals

$6.9 million
Start date:
January 2008

Why We Partnered

Leadership and management quality are critical to the long-term success of microfinance institutions. The MasterCard Foundation Microfinance Scholars Program provides training and development of microfinance practitioners from Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Scholarships are provided, based on financial need, through the following microfinance training institutions:

  • The Boulder Institute of Microfinance, USA
  • The Coady International Institute, Canada
  • Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, Germany
  • Harvard Business School and ACCION Program on Strategic Leadership for Microfinance, USA
  • School of African Microfinance, Kenya
  • University of New Hampshire’s Carsey Institute’s Sustainable Microenterprise Development Program (SMDP), USA

Results to Date

  • More than 1,600 practitioners have been trained from over 90 countries.

The Foundation does not provide scholarships to individuals. Please address any inquiries to the institutions directly.