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2024 MasterCard African Scholarships at University of California, Berkeley

Established in 1868, the foremost United States-based institution, the University of California has lived up to its aim of providing contemporary programs and services that support students’ academic and social needs.


It has always worked towards its mission of establishing a knowledge-based world where one can get ample opportunities and resources to move forward toward the betterment of California, the Bay Area, and the entire world.


To further cement its position as an institution that cares, pushes the boundaries of knowledge, challenges convention and expands the opportunity to create the leaders of tomorrow, the acclaimed citadel of learning is back with the 2024 edition of its MasterCard-sponsored scholarship program.


According to the institution, the program will provide financial, academic, and social support to the student alongside career counseling to qualified applicants from the African continent for a period of EIGHT years, 2020 – 2028.


Eligible Countries

Applicants from the continent of Africa are eligible to apply for the MasterCard/University of California African Scholarships.


Application Deadline 

The institution has a different deadline for different courses and applicants are expected to submit their details before or on the expiration date of applying for their chosen course.


Type of Students

The program is designed for students who intend to add the Masters to their portfolio of degrees.


Available Courses

The available courses for intending applicants are;


  • Architecture (M.Arch)
  • 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)
  • Master of Development Engineering (M.DevEng)
  • Master of Design (M.Des)
  • Folklore (MA)
  • Journalism (MJ)
  • Information Management & Systems (MIMS)
  • Public Health
  • Masters of Public Health (MPH), various concentrations
  • Masters of Science (MS), Environmental Health Sciences and Epidemiology
  • Masters of Arts (MA), Biostatistics
  • Public Policy (MPP)
  • Social Welfare (MSW)
  • LL.M. Programs – Traditional and Thesis Track only


MasterCard Foundation offers programs in other institutions apart from the University of California, Berkeley for interested applicants and they are detailed below.


MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at McGill


Some years ago, precisely in 2013, McGill University began its partnership with the Mastercard Foundation to offer the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at McGill. 


This program provides academically talented young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa with access to a world-class university education.


The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at McGill will welcome Scholars from Sub-Saharan Africa, including some at the Master’s level, over a ten-year period. 


So far, the program has produced 34 MasterCard Foundation Scholars from 16 countries.


To apply, prospective applicants must consult the departmental requirements as well as the standard graduate admission requirements, to verify that they are eligible to apply.


Once the above is completed, intending individuals are expected to complete the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Application form in order to have their application pre-screened for academic and scholarship eligibility. 


Note that only complete applications that meet the minimum eligibility requirements will be considered.


Applications will be reviewed by the authorities and successful applicants will be notified and granted a fee waiver to be able to submit their application for admission to McGill University.


Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Cambridge

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Cambridge is designed to provide talented students from economically marginalized and hard-to-reach African communities with fully-funded opportunities to complete their Master’s training, grow in transformative leadership and contribute to climate resilience and sustainability in Africa. 


The Program covers the cost of travel and visas, accommodation, meals, allowance for a laptop, health cover, and a living stipend – as well as tuition costs. It also provides an allowance for dependent children who may accompany a Scholar.


According to the partner institution, “We are looking to support students with academic talent and a commitment to giving back to their community, in particular a desire and commitment to contribute to climate-resilient and sustainable futures for Africa and the world.”


The criteria for intended individuals include being a citizen of an African country and should be able to demonstrate that they are from an economically marginalized, or economically disadvantaged, background.


Ordinary residents in an African country must be able to show their temporary absence for study/work with an intention to return or unless they have been displaced.


Application for the program is done online and applicants are expected to check the course directory by the funding deadline for their chosen course of study and indicate that they wish to apply for funding.


MasterCard Foundation AfOx Scholarship at the University of Oxford

The full-cost scholarship opportunity is available to African students to pursue a one-year taught Masters’s Degree studies related to pandemic preparedness and recovery at the University of Oxford, UK. 


The scholarship provides logistics support, including an economy return flight, visa, and Immigration Health Surcharge fees, settling down allowance, and access to a Thrive Fund for emergencies.


This offer allows students to perform by conducting academics and with world-class libraries, laboratories, museums, and exhibitions in an institution famous for its study quality, innovation, and accommodation of some of the world’s notable students.


Applicants who are from Africa and must have received a conditional offer from the University are expected to apply online on or before the set deadline.


Selected applicants will be invited to the AfOx Graduate Scholarship Program after filling out the AfOx Graduate Scholarship Program questionnaire during the application process.


Official transcripts, CV, Resume, Letters of recommendation, and Personal statement are some of the documents required from an applicant.


Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) 


United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) has partnered with the Mastercard Foundation in its global Scholars Program to offer an initiative that will offer academically talented youth from Africa facing financial, gender, displacement, or disability constraints an opportunity to access world-class university education.


The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at USIU-Africa will provide full-cost scholarships to young Africans who are first-time undergraduate degree-seeking applicants. 


By the completion of their studies, scholars will be required to lead changes in their communities and contribute to meaningful transformation across the continent, having been equipped with internationally recognized and locally applicable qualifications.


The program is open to young women and men, Refugees and displaced youth, and Youth with disabilities that are below the age of 29.


Applicants are expected to demonstrate their academic talent, commitment to giving back, and Leadership potential.


Lastly, they must be interested in and meet USIU-Africa admissions criteria and academic qualifications to undertake, any of the approved 13 undergraduate degree programs for the Scholars Program at USIU-Africa.


However, applicants should know that the process of admission is in SIX stages of Application which is done online, Review of applications, Shortlisting, Interviews, Selection, and University Admissions.


Benefits of the program include but are not limited to Tuition and functional fees, Laptops, books, and other learning materials, Reasonable accommodation and meals, Medical insurance, Stipend, Transport to and from home, Access to leadership training, Access to entrepreneurial training, Psycho-social support, and career counseling and mentorship.


Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the American University of Beirut

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at AUB is one that aims to prepare young people to be agents of change in their communities, countries, and regions. 


The Program requires Scholars to attend a series of workshops, courses, and fieldwork in addition to the courses for their degree.


The program is open to Nationals of countries on the African continent that shows academic promise, financial need, leadership potential, desire to give back and go back to one’s community, and proof of meeting the RUSE (Readiness for University Studies in English) requirement.


The Institution offers programs in Agricultural Economics, Animal Science, Anthropology, Applied Energy, Arab and Middle Eastern History, Arab and Middle Eastern History, Arabic Language and Literature, Archaeology, Biochemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Nursing administration and management among others.


MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Cape Town

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at UCT provides full-cost scholarships to young Africans who are first-time undergraduate or postgraduate (honors and master’s) degree-seeking applicants. 


The scholarships ensure a premium educational package that will produce graduates whose qualifications are internationally recognized and locally applicable, and whose transition into the workforce is underpinned by values of engaged citizenship and social justice.


These scholarships cover the full period of study and are renewable annually subject to satisfactory performance and participation in the activities and opportunities offered by the program. 


However, successful candidates will be required to commit themselves to return to their home countries and to invest their gained skills and education in their country’s social and economic growth.


To be eligible, intending individuals are expected to show that they are academically talented, economically disadvantaged, and committed to giving back to their communities with the skills and knowledge they have acquired.


Benefits of the program include but not limited to comprehensive financial assistance/aid, academic & peer mentor support, career and internship opportunities, leadership training, and alumni networks for further support.

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