Beyond the comfort zone – internship reflections

by Prince Chakanyuka, 2018 Summer School Intern and Mastercard Scholar We always hear the saying “step out of your comfort zone.” Generally, everyone has a vague if not a clear understanding of what that entails in one’s spectrum of capabilities. While I acknowledge that sentiment, the route I initially took when I started my internship…

Researching the Edinburgh Summer School

Exploring leadership and leadership development was something I had always considered for my postgraduate thesis, so I happily jumped onboard when I was presented with the opportunity to work with the Mastercard Foundation Edinburgh Summer School. Going into the project, I was incredibly excited to research not only leadership development, but the process of evaluating…

Scholars Program 2.0

Over the seven years of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Edinburgh, we will be welcoming 80 Undergraduate and 60 Postgraduate Scholars to Edinburgh through full academic scholarships. In addition to studying on degrees across the University, the Scholars will be participating in a leadership program which will challenge them to reflect upon their…

Looking back on our summer school

Run for the first time this past June, our Summer School is an immersive, experiential and holistic programme that seeks to build the practical skills and mindset deemed crucial for transformative leadership. The 2017 version was four weeks in length, combined a unique blend of daily theoretical, mindful, reflective and active practice, engaged participants in…

Leadership and Identity course

Drawing from the conviction that one of the most effective tools in cultivating leadership is knowledge of the self, between January and April 2017 we ran a Leadership and Identity course for the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Edinburgh. This unassessed course for the first cohort of scholars – undergraduate and postgraduate…

Building a Summer School in Transformational Leadership

As part of the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Edinburgh, the Edinburgh Summer School is an immersive, experiential and holistic programme that seeks to build the practical skills and mind-set deemed crucial for transformative leadership. It is four weeks in length, combines a unique blend of daily theoretical, mindful, reflective and active practice,…

Vision Backcasting

This past February I had the opportunity to attend the Kaospilot Masterclass in The Art & Craft of Designing Learning Spaces in Aarhus. A three-day masterclass for educators & trainers to explore experiential ways of learning in order to inspire, facilitate and design for creativity, innovation & risk in learning spaces & education. Kaospilot defines itself as a hybrid…

Design Day + Homework | Build your Own Learning Journey

Since you arrived, you have participated in retreats, seminars, workshops, and talks meant to encourage, inspire, and cultivate your transformative leadership experience. Now it’s your turn. We invite you bring your experience, skills, and passion to design your own learning journey through the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Programme. Through this design day, you will build the Transformative Leadership…

Welcome to the Scholars Lab

The Scholars Lab is powered by the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Edinburgh.  In partnership with the MasterCard Foundation, the scholarship program provides full undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships and bespoke leadership programming to educate and support bright, young African students with a deep, personal commitment to changing the world around them. Over 7…