2024 University of California Berkeley MasterCard Foundation Scholarships for African Students– USA

Applications are now open to African students for the University of California Berkeley MasterCard Scholarships.

University of California Berkeley MasterCard Scholarships aims to develop a cohort of ethical, entrepreneurial, and energetic young leaders who will drive and lead socio-economic transformation in Africa.

The Mastercard Foundation’s strategy, aims to enable 30 million young people, particularly young women, to secure dignified and fulfilling work by 2030. To harness the potential impact of this generation, The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program provides next-generation leaders who are committed to the social and economic transformation of their continent with access to quality education by delivering comprehensive financial, social, and academic support throughout their secondary and university education and supports their transition to further study or to the workforce


  • Master’s degree

Targeted Countries

  • Sub-Sahari Africa


  • USA


  • Same with programme

Eligibility Criteria for the Scholarship

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicant must:

  • 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 criterfor 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: 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 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 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.


  • You must hold or expect to hold a bachelor’s degree prior to the start of classes from a U.S. accredited institution by one of the AACRAO regional accrediting agencies* or a recognized equivalent from an accredited institution outside of the U.S.
  • Expect to or hold a bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution.
  • A satisfactory scholastic average, usually a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale; and
  • Enough undergraduate training and/or professional experience to do graduate work in your chosen field.
  • All applicants who have completed a basic degree in a country/region in which the official language is not English are required to submit official evidence of English language proficiency.
  • Some programs require applicants to take a standardized test such as the GRE(opens in a new tab) General Test, a GRE Subject Test, the GMAT or MCAT. Consult the program to which you are applying for the department’s requirements.
  • The application requires at least three letters of recommendation. Applicants should check with their prospective program for questions

Benefits of the Scholarship

Mastercard Foundation Scholars receive a comprehensive scholarship equivalent to the costs associated with earning a master’s degree, which includes:

  • Travel,
  • Tuition,
  • Berkeley student fees,
  • Visa and SEVIS fees,
  • Housing, food, living expenses
  • Cohort signature programs which will focus on leadership and entrepreneurship.

How to Apply for the Scholarship

Applicants must first apply to a graduate program before they will be considered for the MasterCard Foundations Scholars Program. Not all degree programmes are eligible.

For further information about the scholarship application process, kindly CLICK HERE to visit the official webpage.

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