African Society of Cambridge University (ASCU) Mentorship Program 2023 African Cambridge University Applicants


 Are you an African student interested in pursuing a postgraduate degree at the University of Cambridge in 2023? Would you like some assistance with the application process? CAMP is offering free expert assistance and one-on-one support with the application process. You'll be partnered with a current or former university employee who works in a comparable field to you.

Application Deadline: 1st July 2022.

About the Award: The Cambridge University African Students Mentorship Programme (CAMP), formally known as the ASCU Mentorship Programme is an initiative owned and organized by the African Society of Cambridge University that aims to provide general guidance and support on the postgraduate application process for Africans applying to the University of Cambridge. CAMP is the first University of Cambridge African students-led institutionalized mentorship program for Africans, that provides financial support for application fees as needed. The structured program will be run from August 2022 to December 2022 and will include one-to-one mentorship support with a matched member of the university. Further support will be provided for mentees with successful Cambridge applications.

Why CAMP Exists

The main aim of CAMP is to increase the application and success rate of African postgraduate applicants coming to Cambridge. We found that African students only make up about 2% of the full-time new entrant international student population enrolled at Cambridge. African applicants face multiple barriers to entry such as:

Knowledge gap about important aspects of the Cambridge application
Difficulty in obtaining strong reference letters
High cost of application fees and English language proficiency test fees
ASCU has proposed a structured mentorship programme to provide general guidance and support on the application process for applicants from Africa. CAMP would provide:

General session webinars to discuss tips on how to identify and contact a supervisor, and how to write strong personal statements and research proposals
One-to-one mentorship support with a matched Cambridge student, alum or staff member
Financial support for application fees for mentees with demonstrated hardship
Type: Masters


  • Must be from the African continent and/or the African diaspora.
  • Must exhibit academic excellence
  • Women, people living in conflict zones in Africa and persons living with disability are encouraged to apply

The application for the program is divided into four sections – personal details, academic background and research experience, financial information and other information. A copy of your resume/CV is required.

Eligible Countries: African countries

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value & Duration of Award:

Free resources for completing all steps of the application process – contacting supervisors, references, CVs, personal statements, project proposals and funding
Weekly one-to-one support and feedback sessions on your application from people who have gone through the exact same process

Mock interviews

Limited need-based financial support covering the application fee
Progress reports to keep you on track
Information on Cambridge life
A network of inspiring students from all over the continent
How to Apply: Please apply for the program by 1st July 2022. Decisions will be made a week after this deadline.



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