Saturday , 24 February 2024

2023/24 Berkeley’s Mastercard Foundation Scholar Program opens

Are you a highly qualified student from a Sub-Saharan African country seeking to pursue postgraduate studies in the United States? The University of California, Berkeley, in collaboration with the Center for African Studies and the Mastercard Foundation, is thrilled to announce the Berkeley’s Mastercard Foundation Scholar Program 2024.

This program aims to empower academically talented individuals from Sub-Saharan Africa who are dedicated to driving positive change on the African continent.

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Program Overview

  • Ten-Year Partnership: The Center for African Studies and the Mastercard Foundation have joined forces for a decade-long commitment to support the education and development of 108 master’s degree students from Sub-Saharan African nations.
  • Academic Excellence: We are looking for students with outstanding academic records and a passion for making a difference in Africa through their postgraduate studies.

Program Benefits

Selected scholars will receive comprehensive support, including but not limited to:

  • Full tuition and fees
  • Stipend for living expenses
  • Housing allowance
  • Books and supplies allowance
  • Health insurance coverage
  • Travel expenses to and from the United States
  • Access to leadership development programs and networking opportunities

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the Berkeley’s Mastercard Foundation Scholar Program 2024, applicants must:

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  1. Citizenship: Applicants must be a citizen of a country in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  2. Academic Excellence: Applicants should demonstrate a strong academic record and be in the top 10% of their high school graduating class. For graduate applicants, a strong academic background in their chosen field is essential.
  3. Financial Need: Applicants should come from a disadvantaged background and demonstrate a significant financial need. The program is designed to support those who would not have the means to pursue higher education without financial assistance.
  4. Leadership Potential: Candidates should exhibit leadership potential and a commitment to making a positive impact in their home communities and across Africa. Evidence of leadership roles, community service, or social impact initiatives is highly valued.
  5. Diversity: The program encourages applications from individuals of all backgrounds, with a focus on promoting diversity and inclusion.
  6. Desire to Give Back: Applicants should have a strong desire to return to their home countries after completing their studies and contribute to the development and progress of their communities and the African continent.

How to Apply

Prospective candidates applying for the Berkeley’s Mastercard Foundation Scholar Program 2024 should initiate their application process by first seeking admission to a graduate program at the University of California, Berkeley. Once they have successfully secured admission to an eligible program at Berkeley, they may then proceed to submit their application for the UC Berkeley Mastercard Foundation program.

Study Level: Postgraduate (Masters)

Application Deadline varies according to program of choice

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