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APPLY FOR 16 MASTERS SCHOLARSHIP AT UC BERKELEY, USA

The Center for African Studies at the University of California - Berkeley is pleased to announce a new phase of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of California, Berkeley. With the Mastercard Foundation, UC Berkeley embarked on a ten-year partnership in 2020 to support 108 master’s degree students from Sub-Saharan African countries who are academically talented and committed to transformative change on the continent. The Program will recruit widely across Sub-Saharan Africa and will encourage applications particularly from women, people with disabilities, and those who are refugees or displaced. Since 2012, the MCF Scholars Program has supported over 120 students from Sub-Saharan African countries to pursue bachelor’s and master’s degrees at UC Berkeley.


There are 12 - 16 scholarships available for masters studies at UC Berkeley in 2024.


BENEFITS

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, and cohort signature programs which will focus on leadership and entrepreneurship.



REQUIREMENTS

The five main eligibility criteria are:

  • Being a citizen of a Sub-Saharan African country

  • Excelling academically

  • Coming from an economically disadvantaged background

  • Having demonstrated the will to give back to your community, country, or continent

  • Having expressed the desire and intention to return to your home country after completing your studies


ELIGIBILITY

  • Being a citizen of a Sub-Saharan African country: This includes Africans who are refugees or displaced within the African continent.

  • 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: 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.



HOW TO APPLY

Master's degree applicants must first apply to a graduate program before they will be considered for the Mastercard Foundations Scholars Program. Each eligible graduate degree program has specific requirements and applicants should carefully review those. The Graduate Division also provides detailed information on the admissions process for international students. Direct questions regarding admission requirements to the specific graduate program. The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at UC Berkeley is not open to undergraduates students.


ELIGIBLE PROGRAMS

UC Berkeley offers the following Master's programs. When considering any program, please keep in mind that it is your motivation for choosing your field, as well as your career goals that will determine if you are eligible for the Scholarship. Please revisit Eligibility Requirements to see if your goals are in line with those of the Mastercard Foundation Scholar Program. Please note that doctoral programs do not qualify for the Scholars Program.


UC Berkeley offers many master's degree programs, including the following:


  1. Architecture (M.Arch)

  2. Art (MFA)

  3. Business Administration (MBA)*

  4. City & Regional Planning (MCP)

  5. Development Practice (MDP)

  6. Education (DMS, EMST, or MUSE)

  7. Energy & Resources (ERG)

  8. Engineering (M.Eng, MS)

  9. Master of Engineering (M.Eng), various concentrations

  10. Master of Science Civil and Environmental Engineering (MS)

  11. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (MS)

  12. Mechanical Engineering (MS)

  13. Master of Development Engineering (M.DevEng)

  14. Master of Design (M.Des)

  15. Folklore (MA)

  16. Journalism (MJ)

  17. Information Management & Systems (MIMS)

  18. Public Health

  19. Masters of Public Health (MPH), various concentrations

  20. Masters of Science (MS), Environmental Health Sciences and Epidemiology

  21. Masters of Arts (MA), Biostatistics

  22. Public Policy (MPP)

  23. Social Welfare (MSW)


MBA students need to secure additional funding from Haas Business School through obtaining Haas scholarships, which requires meeting the Round One application deadline. We encourage you to contact us if you are interested to learn more details about this unique process. Similarly, if you are interested in a concurrent degree program, be sure to contact each program, and also contact us to discuss any effect this may have on your funding structure. When considering any program, please keep in mind that it is your motivation for choosing your field, as well as your career goals that will determine if you are eligible for the Scholarship. Please revisit Eligibility Requirements to see if your goals are in line with those of the Mastercard Foundation Scholar Program.



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