Berkeley’s Mastercard Foundation Scholar Program for Africans 2023/24

Deadline: Varies according to Program

Applications are being accepted from appropriately qualified applicants from Sub-Saharan African nations for the Mastercard Foundation Scholar Program 2024, which is designed to finance postgraduate study of African students at UC Berkeley, USA.

The Center for African Studies and the Mastercard Foundation are collaborating for ten years to assist 108 master’s degree students from Sub-Saharan African nations who are academically gifted and motivated to bringing about revolutionary change on the continent.


To be considered for the Berkeley’s Mastercard Foundation Scholar Program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Being 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, asylee, 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 important 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 engages others in an ethical manner to generate positive and lasting change.
  • Coming from a socio-economically disadvantaged background: This Scholarship is designed for those extremely 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: 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 in the Scholarship application.
  • Having expressed the desire and intention to return to your home country after completing your studies: 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.


 Interested applicants for the Berkeley’s Mastercard Foundation Scholar Program 2024 are to first apply to a graduate program before they will be considered for the Mastercard Foundations Scholars Program. After apply for admission into an eligible program at Berkeley, applicants can then proceed to apply for a UC Berkeley Mastercard Foundation program.

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