The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at UC Berkeley 2024

The University of California, Berkeley has partnered with The Mastercard Foundation to offer The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program to African students who wish to enrol for master’s degree program at the University for 2024/2025 academic session.

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Programme seeks to produce a group of young leaders who are driven, enterprising, and ethical and who will spearhead and direct socio-economic change in Africa.


  • Scholarship Sponsor(s): Mastercard Foundation
  • Host Institution(s): University of California, Berkeley
  • Funding Amount: Fully-funded
  • Number of Awards: Several
  • Study Level: Masters
  • Nationality: African Students

See Also: Fulbright Foreign Student Program 2024-2025 for Studies in the United States [Fully Funded]

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants seeking for The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program are expected to meet the following conditions:

  • 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. The 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: 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 in the Scholarship application.
  • Having expressed the desire and intention to return to your home country after completing your studies: 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 the Program is to enable Scholars to return home, after forming valuable professional connections through internships, academic training and job placements. 

Also Apply: Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships (QECS) 2024/25 [Fully Funded]

Application Procedures

How-to-Apply: Interested Master’s degree applicants for The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program must first apply to a graduate program before they will be considered for the Mastercard Program. Not all degree programs are eligible. Here is a list of Master’s Degree programs.

More details of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program application process for master’s program here.

Application Deadline: On-going

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