UC Berkeley MasterCard Foundation Scholarship
At the University of California Berkeley, the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program will provide holistic support – financial, academic, social, and career counseling – to 113 students from Sub-Saharan Africa from 2012 to 2020.
UC Berkeley will receive $30 million in funding over this eight (8) year period as part of the MFSP for students from Africa wishing to study its Undergraduate and Master’s degrees.
The program’s peak year at UC Berkeley will be 2016-17, when 81 Scholars will be enrolled. A number of undergraduate (college freshman) and graduate students from sub-Saharan Africa are already attending UC Berkeley on MasterCard Foundation Scholarship, at no cost.
Course(s) Offered: All fields
Course Level: Undergraduate, Graduate (masters)
Provider: MasterCard Foundation
Country to Study in: USA
The five main eligibility criteria are:
- Being a citizen of a Sub-Saharan African country – If you have refugee status, are stateless, or have other questions regarding your citizenship, you may still be eligible. Please contact us directly to clarify. This scholarship is not intended for citizens of North African countries.
- Excelling academically – All prospective Scholars must first be admitted to UC Berkeley to be considered for the Scholarship. An important criteria for admission to the University is demonstrated academic excellence.
- Coming from an economically disadvantaged background – We aim to admit those from the bottom two income quintiles per country. This Scholarship is designed for those extremely talented individuals who have no other means of acquiring the further education required to help realize their dreams and ambitions.
- Having demonstrated the will 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 on 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 this Program is to enable Scholars to return home, after forming valuable professional connections through internship and job placements.
Citizens of Sub-Saharan African countries
University of California, Berkeley, USA
Fields of study
All Bachelors and Masters level courses of study offered at the university
Number of awards
Several (upto 113) will be given throughout the period of this award
The award will last for the whole period of study
This is a FULL scholarship award covering all costs related to the studies. Over an eight year period, the Mastercard Scholars Program will bring 113 students from Africa to UC Berkeley for undergraduate and master’s degrees.
The Program is designed to provide holistic support, including:
- Comprehensive scholarships (school fees, living expenses, books, stipends, transportation).
- Mentoring and counselling including emotional and academic support.
- Service and experiential learning (volunteerism, internships, entrepreneurship, ICT).
- Transition support into higher education or the workforce in Africa.
- Alumni network of next-generation leaders committed to service.
Method of Application
Both undergraduate and graduate degree seekers must first be admitted to the university through the regular admissions process before they will be considered for the MasterCard Foundation Scholarship Program.
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Graduate Division provide detailed information on the admissions process for international students.
This award is offered every year.
The deadline date for undergraduate applications is 30th November every year; while graduate masters application deadlines vary by program (falls between December and January). For 2016-2017 academic session, the graduate application period will be between 1 December 2015 until 8 January 2016.
Administered out of the Center for African Studies, the MFSP program at the University of California, Berkeley is supported by a broad cross-section of functional and disciplinary units on campus including the Division of Student Affairs, Undergraduate Admissions, the Graduate Division, the Berkeley International Office, and the International House.
For undergraduate applicants:
You have already completed or are enrolled in your last year of secondary school, but have not yet started university classes. Applicants who have enrolled in university courses cannot apply as freshmen.
If you have questions about your status, please contact the school.
Application Deadline: 30 November 2015 || 8 January 2016
Open to International Applicants: No (ONLY Africans)