Imagine a world where dreams have no limits, and every young African mind is given a chance to shine. The University of California Berkeley MasterCard Scholarships are like a guiding light in this world of endless possibilities. These scholarships don’t just offer financial help; they create a legacy. With over USD 1.2 billion invested, more than 40,000 young minds have been supported, their potential unleashed, and their dreams set free. It’s not just about getting an education; it’s about planting the seeds of change that will grow into a forest of progress.
Education isn’t just a tool here; it’s a powerful transformation. It’s the spark that starts revolutions, the key that opens doors, and the energy that moves nations forward. The MasterCard Scholarships at the University of California, Berkeley, are more than just funds; they are a chance to nurture dreams, build leaders, and reshape Africa’s future by offering a chance for scholarship for masters degree in USA.
- Host Country: United States of America (USA)
- Study Abroad: Study in USA
- Category: Postgraduate Scholarships| Masters Scholarships
- Eligible Countries: All Sub-Saharan African Countries
- Reward: Fully Funded Scholarship | Accommodation | Monthly Stipends | Airfare Tickets
- No IELTS Required
- Deadline: March 1, 2024
Scholarship Duration and Reward
- The Scholarship is fully-funded
- Mastercard Foundation Scholars receive a fully-funded scholarship equivalent to the costs associated with earning a master’s degree in USA, which includes travel costs, tuition, UC Berkeley student fees, visa and SEVIS fees, housing, food, living expenses, and cohort signature programs, which will focus on leadership and entrepreneurship.
- MBA students need to secure additional funding from Haas Business School through obtaining Haas scholarships, which requires meeting the Round One or Two application deadline.
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To be considered for the Scholarship, you must:
- Be 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, 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 essential criteria 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 ethically engages others to generate positive and lasting change.
- Coming from a socio-economically disadvantaged background: This Scholarship is designed for those highly 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 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 in their application to UC Berkeley and 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 significant work can be done from abroad, the Program intends to enable Scholars to return home after forming valuable professional connections through internships, academic training, and job placements
Method of Application
- Master’s degree applicants must first apply to a graduate program before being considered for the MasterCard Foundations Scholars Program. Not all degree programs are eligible. Here is a list of the eligible Master’s Degree programs.
- Each eligible graduate degree program has specific requirements, and applicants should carefully review those. The Graduate Division also provides detailed information on the admissions process for international students. Direct questions regarding admission requirements should be made to the specific graduate program. We outline more details of the Scholars Program application process for master’s program here. We will accept applications through the fall of 2028.
While the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at UC Berkeley is not open to undergraduates, students at this level are welcome to apply to the University of California, Berkeley. More information on the undergraduate process is available on the Undergraduate Admissions site.
Deadline: March 1, 2024
With these scholarships, Africa isn’t just getting an education; it’s gaining the power to change lives and build a brighter tomorrow. Every class and every book represents a chance for personal success and a big difference in Africa. These scholarships aren’t just about the future; they’re about leaving a lasting mark that will inspire generations. They show how education can unlock endless possibilities and fuel the unstoppable spirit of African innovation.
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