At University of California Berkeley, the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program will provide holistic support – financial,
academic, social, and career counselling – to Masters students from Sub-Saharan Africa from 2012 to 2020. UC Berkeley will
receive $30 million in funding over the next eight years as part of MFSP.
Masters: Varies by Program (Deadlines of applicable Fields of Study fall between November 2018 to January 2019).
Offered annually? Yes
Eligible Countries: Sub-Saharan African countries
To be taken at (country): University of California Berkeley, USA
Fields of Study: Graduate Scholars are pursuing or have earned Master’s degrees in:
- Architecture (M.Arch) – For Fall 2018 admissions, only the two year, not three year program, is eligible for the MCF
- Art (MFA)
- Business Administration (MBA)*
- City & Regional Planning (MCP)
- Development Practice (MDP)
- Education (DMS, EMST, or MUSE)
- Energy & Resources (ERG)
- Engineering (M.Eng, MS)
- Master of Engineering (M.Eng), various concentrations
- Master of Science Civil and Environmental Engineering (MS)
- Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (MS)
- Mechanical Engineering (MS)
- Folklore (MA)
- Journalism (MJ)
- Information Management & Systems (MIMS)
- Public Health (MPH), various concentrations
- Public Policy (MPP)
- Social Welfare (MSW)
- MBA. However, a student would need to secure additional funding from Haas Business School through
obtaining Haas scholarships, which requires meeting the Round One or Two application deadline (27th September
2018/10th January 2019)
About the Award: 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,
the Graduate Division, the Berkeley International Office, and the International House.
Offered Since: 2012
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
Number of Scholarships: Not specied
Value of Scholarship: Fully-funded scholarship
Duration of Scholarship: for the period of study
How to Apply: To be considered for the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program, Graduate degree seekers must rst
be admitted to the university through the regular admissions process before they will be considered for the MasterCard Foundation Scholarship Program.
Sponsors: MasterCard Foundation and the host university