Application Deadline: For undergraduate scholarship:Submit your applications by 30th November 2016 (annual) | For masters scholarship:Graduate application deadlines vary by program (to fall between 1 December 2016 and 8 January 2017).
Note that the Mastercard UC Berkeley Undergraduate scholarship program will end this year, Since the Mastercard Scholarship Programme and UC Berkeley partnership is an eight year program from 2012 to 2020. However, the Masters scholarship will continue until the given termination year runs out.
Scholarship description: At University of California Berkeley, accepted MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program will be provided with total support – financial, academic, social, and career counselling. As agreed upon,. UC Berkeley will receive $30 million in funding over the next eight years as part of MFSP.
Eligible Courses: Most Bachelors and Masters courses offered at the university
Running from 2012-2020s, the MasterCard Scholars Program at UC Berkeley will bring 113 students from Africa to UC Berkeley for undergraduate and master’s degree programs. The program’s peak year at UC Berkeley will be 2016-17, when 81 Scholars will be enrolled. 4 undergraduate (college freshman) and 3 graduate (total of 7) students from sub-Saharan Africa are already attending UC Berkeley on MasterCard Foundation Scholarship, at no cost.
Administered out of the Center for African Studies, the 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.
The scholars program will provide holistic support for recipients in the following areas:
- Full scholarships covering school fees, living expenses, books, stipends, transportation.
- Comprehensive 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.
Scholarship Type: All accepted scholars will have the chance to pursue either undergraduate or professional master’s degrees
Selection Criteria and Eligibility
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.
Number of Scholarships: Several
Value of Scholarship: Full scholarship
Duration of Scholarship: for the entire period of the program.
Eligible Applicants: Candidates who hail from sub-saharan African countries
How to Apply
Both undergraduate and graduate degree candidates must first be admitted to the university through the regular admissions process before they will be eligible to apply for the MasterCard Foundation Scholarship Program. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Graduate Division willl provide comprehensive information on the admissions process for international students.
Learn more about applying for Undergraduate scholarship
Learn more about applying for Masters Scholarship