MasterCard Foundation Scholarship at UC Berkeley
Course(s) Offered: All courses
Course Level: Graduate (masters)
Provider: MasterCard Foundation
Country to Study in: USA
At the University of California Berkeley, theMasterCard Foundation Scholars Program will offer holistic support – financial, academic, social, and career counseling – to 113 students from Sub-Saharan Africa from 2012 to 2020.
UC Berkeley will get $30 million in funding over these 8 years as part of the MFSP for students from Africa who wish to study its Undergraduate or Master’s degrees.
As an eight year program from 2012 to 2020, the undergraduate recruitment phase for 2017 onwards has now been ended. The UC Berkeley MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program will continue to recruit Graduate Scholars for two-year degree programs that begin in Fall 2017 and Fall 2018.
The five main eligibility conditions are:
- A citizen of a Sub-Saharan African country– If you have refugee status, are stateless, or have other queries 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 need first be admitted to UC Berkeley to be considered for the Scholarship. A vital 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 getting 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 involved in activities beyond the classroom. Some may be directly related to the 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 and successes 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 seeking 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 go home, after forming valuable professional connections through internship and job placements.
Citizens of Sub-Saharan African countries (i.e. EXCLUDING North Africa)
University of California, Berkeley, USA
Fields of study
All Masters level (including MBA) courses of study offered at the university
Number of awards
Several (up to 113) will be offered 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 aimed at providing 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 MFSP Program. However, the MFSP Program at UC Berkeley will not be soliciting applications for undergraduate scholarships for fall 2017 or beyond.Undergraduate scholarship recruitment has now ended.
It is important to read the Undergraduate scholarship and Masters Scholarship pages, and also visit the official website for complete information.
Deadline for undergraduate applications is 30th November every year; while masters application deadlines vary by program (between December and January). For 2017-2018 academic year, graduate application deadlines will be between 1 December 2016until 17 January 2017. Some newly added MBA programs have 3 rounds of deadlines between 15 November 2016 – 8 March 2017.
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.
Application Deadline: 15 Nov / 1 Dec 2016 || 17 Jan / 8 Mar 2017
Open to International Applicants: No (ONLY Africans)