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Opportunity for academically talented but resources limited students from the Sub-sahara African countries to pursue a master’s degree program at the UNiversity of California, Berkely.


Why Study at the University of California, Berkley

The University of California (UC) Berkeley is one of the world’s leading academic institutions and ranked as the premier public university. Widely referred to as”Cal,” the campus is renowned for the distinction of its faculty and students, the scope of its research and publications, and the size and quality of its libraries and laboratories. National rankings consistently place Berkeley’s undergraduate and graduate programs among the very best in a variety of disciplines.

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About Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program

The University of California, Berkeley has partnered with The Mastercard Foundation in a collaborative, global network of education institutions and non-profit organizations that believe education is a catalyst for social and economic advancement. The Scholars Program aims to develop a cohort of ethical, entrepreneurial, and energetic young leaders who will drive and lead socio-economic transformation in Africa. The future of Africa will be shaped by its young people, including those talented, yet economically disadvantaged students who face significant barriers to accessing quality education. The Mastercard Foundation’s strategy, Young Africa Works, aims to enable 30 million young people, particularly young women, to secure dignified and fulfilling work by 2030.


Eligibility for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at UC

  • Being a citizen of a Sub-Saharan African country: This includes Africans who are refugees or displaced within the African continent. This scholarship is not intended for citizens of North African countries. Those with dual citizenship, asylee, refugee or permanent resident status in the US, Canada, UK or EU are not eligible.
  • Having academic talent: All prospective Scholars must first be admitted to a UC Berkeley master’s degree program to be considered for the Scholarship. An important criterion for admission to the University is demonstrated academic excellence.
  • Demonstrating leadership potential: The Program seeks those committed to developing the skills and mindsets associated with transformative leadership, i.e, that which engages others in an ethical manner to generate positive and lasting change.
  • Coming from a socio-economically disadvantaged background: This Scholarship is designed for those extremely talented individuals who might not otherwise have access to quality further education.
  • Having demonstrated the commitment to give back to your community, country, or continent: We are looking for well-rounded students who are engaged in activities beyond the classroom. Some may be directly related to your field of study, but this may also include other issues (social, economic, political) that you are working on and passionate about. Applicants should elaborate on their achievements both in their application to UC Berkeley, and then later in the Scholarship application.
  • Having expressed the desire and intention to return to your home country after completing your studies: We are looking for students who are engaged with and passionate about issues affecting their communities, and who will take advantage of their education at UC Berkeley to better equip themselves with the knowledge and training to address these issues upon return. While important work can be done from abroad, the intention of the Program is to enable Scholars to return home, after forming valuable professional connections through internships, academic training and job placements.


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Benefits of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program

Mastercard Foundation Scholars receive a comprehensive scholarship equivalent to the costs associated with earning a master’s degree, which includes travel, tuition, Berkeley student fees, visa and SEVIS fees, housing, food, living expenses, and cohort signature programs that will focus on leadership and entrepreneurship.


How to apply for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program

Master’s degree applicants must first apply to a graduate program before they will be considered for the Mastercard Foundations Scholars Program. Not all degree programs are eligible. A list of Master’s Degree programs can be found Here.

Each eligible graduate degree program has specific requirements and applicants should carefully review those. Direct questions regarding admission requirements should be made to the specific graduate program. We outline more details of the Scholars Program application process for the master’s program here.  Applications are accepted all through the fall of 2022.


Application Deadline

The last day to apply for this scholars program is 22nd September 2022


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