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2023 MasterCard African Scholarships at the University of California, Berkeley

Established in 1868, the University of California, a leading institution in the United States, continues to fulfill its mission of providing cutting-edge programs and services to meet students’ academic and social needs.

Dedicated to creating a knowledge-based world and offering ample opportunities for progress, the university is proud to announce the 2023 edition of its MasterCard-sponsored scholarship program. This initiative underscores the institution’s commitment to supporting students from the African continent with financial, academic, and social aid, coupled with career counseling, spanning a generous eight-year period from 2020 to 2028.

Eligible Countries

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

Application Deadline

Deadlines vary for different courses, and applicants are required to submit their details on or before the specified expiration date for their chosen program.

Type of Students

The program caters to students seeking to add a Master’s degree to their academic portfolio.

Available Courses

Intending applicants can choose from a range of Master’s programs, including but not limited to: Architecture (M.Arch), Business Administration (MBA), Public Health, and various engineering disciplines.

In addition to the University of California, Berkeley, the MasterCard Foundation offers scholarship programs at other institutions, including McGill University, the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, and the United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa).

MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at McGill

Partnering since 2013, McGill University collaborates with the Mastercard Foundation to provide academically talented leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa access to a world-class education. The program covers various disciplines at the Master’s level.

Applicants must review departmental and admission requirements, complete the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Application, and undergo a pre-screening process.

Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Cambridge

Designed for students from economically marginalized communities in Africa, this program at Cambridge covers the full cost of a Master’s education, including travel, accommodation, meals, and a living stipend. Applicants should demonstrate academic talent, a commitment to giving back, and a focus on climate resilience and sustainability.

MasterCard Foundation AfOx Scholarship at the University of Oxford

This full-cost scholarship supports African students pursuing a one-year Master’s degree related to pandemic preparedness and recovery at the University of Oxford, UK. It includes logistics support, settling allowance, and access to the Thrive Fund for emergencies.

Applicants need a conditional offer from the University, and selected candidates are invited to the AfOx Graduate Scholarship Program.

Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at USIU-Africa

In partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, USIU-Africa offers full-cost scholarships to academically talented youth facing various constraints. The program aims to equip scholars with qualifications for meaningful transformation, covering tuition, accommodation, meals, and more.

The application process involves six stages, including online application, review, shortlisting, interviews, selection, and university admissions.

Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at AUB

The program at the American University of Beirut prepares young people to be agents of change. It’s open to African nationals demonstrating academic promise, financial need, leadership potential, and a commitment to their community.

Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at UCT

Providing full-cost scholarships, the program at the University of Cape Town supports first-time undergraduate or postgraduate degree-seeking applicants. Successful candidates commit to returning to their home countries and contributing to social and economic growth.

Benefits include financial assistance, mentor support, career opportunities, leadership training, and alumni networks.


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