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The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of California, Berkeley is pleased to announce its call for applications for master’s degree studies for the 2021/2022 academic year.

At UC Berkeley, the Program has provided support to over 120 Scholars from Sub Saharan Africa since 2012. In June 2020, the Mastercard Foundation confirmed a new ten-year Scholars Program grant at UC Berkeley. Through this, the Scholars Program aims to recruit 108 master’s degree-seeking Scholars from economically disadvantaged communities who are academically talented and committed to transformative change on the continent. Recruiting widely from all Sub Saharan African countries, the Program especially encourages applications from women, people with disabilities, and those who are refugees or displaced.

To be considered for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at UC Berkeley, applicants must first apply to their program of interest through the regular admissions process. After this process is underway, the UC Berkeley Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program will invite eligible prospective candidates to apply for the Scholarship. Applicants do not need to contact the Program, but they are welcome to inform their department of their interest in the Scholarship.

Students seeking undergraduate or doctoral degrees are not eligible for the Program at UC Berkeley. Other partner institutions in the Scholars Program continue to recruit both undergraduate and graduate students, and prospective applicants should contact those institutions for more information.

Please refer to the UC Berkeley’s Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program website for further details on eligibility and the application process.

The deadline for application to the degree program varies by the program department. The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at UC Berkeley will reach out to eligible admitted Scholars in early January 2021.

We request your assistance with promoting this opportunity where possible. Please do not hesitate to contact the Program staff at Apply at

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