Berkeley’s Mastercard Foundation 2024 Scholar Program for Africans
Qualified candidates from Sub-Saharan African nations are encouraged to apply for the 2024 Berkeley’s Mastercard Foundation Scholar Program, which seeks to assist African students in pursuing postgraduate studies at UC Berkeley, located in the United States.
The Center for African Studies and the Mastercard Foundation have entered into a decade-long collaboration to back 108 master’s degree students hailing from Sub-Saharan African nations. These students are not only academically gifted but also dedicated to fostering substantial positive changes within the continent.
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Scholarship Sponsor(s): Center for African Studies and Mastercard Foundation
Scholarship Type: Full Funding
Host Institution(s): University of California, Berkeley.
Scholarship Worth: Not specified
Number of Awards: Several
Scholarship Level: Postgraduate (Masters)
Requirement and Eligibility Criteria for the Berkeley’s Mastercard Foundation Scholar Program:
- 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 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: 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: 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.
Application Procedures for the Berkeley’s Mastercard Foundation Scholar Program (How to Apply):
Prospective candidates for the Berkeley’s Mastercard Foundation Scholar Program in 2024 must initially submit an application for a graduate program. Only after applying for admission to an eligible program at Berkeley should applicants proceed to submit their application for the UC Berkeley Mastercard Foundation program.
Application Deadline: Varies according to Program
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