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MasterCard Foundation Masters Scholarships at University Of California, Berkeley



Applications are currently ongoing for the MasterCard University of California, Berkeley Masters Scholarships for African Students/2020 USA. Interested students should see the details below.

MasterCard Foundation Masters Scholarships at University Of California, Berkeley

University Of California Berkeley MasterCard Foundation Scholarship Details and FAQs

The University of California, Berkeley, is a public research university located in Berkeley, California. Founded in 1868, Berkeley is the oldest of the ten research universities in the University of California system, and is often cited as the top public university in the United States.

Established in 1868 as the University of California, resulting from the merger of the private College of California and the public Agricultural, Mining, and Mechanical Arts College in Oakland, Berkeley offers approximately 350 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines. 

The Mastercard Foundation seeks a world where everyone has the opportunity to learn and prosper. All people, no matter their starting point in life, should have an equal chance to succeed. We believe that with access to education, financial services, and skills training, people can have that chance.

Our focus is helping economically disadvantaged young people in Africa find opportunities to move themselves, their families and their communities out of poverty to a better life.

The University Of California, Berkeley – USA is offering MasterCard scholarship programs to African students who has interest in undergoing a degree program at the Institution.

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.

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.

When is the application deadline?

  • Masters: Varies by Program (Deadlines of applicable Fields of Study fall between November 2018 to January 2019).
  • MBA: 27th September 2018 or 10th January 2019

Is the scholarship/opportunity offered annually?

Yes

Which countries are eligible for the scholarship?

Sub-Saharan African countries

In which host country will the awardees be studying?

University of California Berkeley, USA

What are the eligible courses and 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 Scholarship
  • 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)

What is the category of this opportunity?

Masters

What are the selection criteria? and How do I know if I’m eligible for the scholarship?

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 placements.

What are the benefits of the scholarship?

Fully-funded scholarship

How long will the scholarship last?

For the period of study

How to Apply for the University Of California Berkeley MasterCard Foundation Scholarships

To be considered for the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program, Graduate degree seekers must first be admitted to the university through the regular admissions process before they will be considered for the MasterCard Foundation Scholarship Program.

Program Webpage

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