The University of Berkeley, California is awarding MasterCard scholarship to students from sub-Saharan Africa who hope to pursue a master program in the University. Scholarship will be given to applicants with good academic records and who show financial need and demonstrate a willingness to give back to the community, country and continent. Its a fully funded scholarship and will cover expenses like tuition fees, living expenses, accommodation etc.
In order to qualify for the MasterCard foundation scholarship at University of Berkeley, applicants must meet the following requirement:
- 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 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.
Fields of study
All masters degree programs at University of Berkeley, California.
What the scholarship covers
The scholarship will cover the following expenses:
- 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.
How to apply
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. Click here to contact the scholarship provider for more information on how to apply.
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 2016 until 17 January 2017. Some newly added MBA programs have 3 rounds of deadlines between 15 November 2016 – 8 March 2017
Important points to note
- The MasterCard scholarship at University of Berkeley is meant for citizens of Sub-Saharan Africa who show financial need and a willingness to give back.
- You must first apply for admission at University of Berkeley, California before you will be considered for the MasterCard scholarship.
- Ensure that you send both your application for admission and scholarship before the dealine as stated above.