African Society of Cambridge University (ASCU) Mentorship Program 2023 African Cambridge University Applicants
Are you an African applying for a postgraduate degree at the University of Cambridge for the 2023 intake? Would you appreciate guidance and support on the application process? CAMP is providing expert advice on the application process and one-to-one support for free. You will be paired with a current or former member of the university in a similar field as 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 organised 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 programme for Africans, that provides financial support for application fees as needed. The structured programme 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
- 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.