Apply for the 2021/2022 Berkeley Mastercard Scholars Program to be considered for a funded degree program at the University of California, Berkeley. 

Selected applicants will receive funds to cover the total costs associated with the program of study. 

See below for full details on how to become a UC Berkeley Mastercard Foundation Scholar. 

Application Deadline: January 14, 2021.


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Successful Mastercard Foundation Scholars will receive a comprehensive scholarship equivalent to the costs associated with earning a master’s degree, which includes:

  • Tuition. 
  • Travel. 
  • Berkeley student fees. 
  • Visa and SEVIS fees. 
  • Accommodation. 
  • Feeding. 
  • Living expenses. 
  • Cohort signature programs which will focus on leadership and entrepreneurship.


To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must have satisfied these main criteria by the application deadline:

  • Be a citizen of a Sub-Saharan African country – 

This includes Africans who are refugees or displaced. 

  • Have Academic Talent – All prospective Scholars must first be admitted to a UC Berkeley master’s degree program to be considered for the Scholarship. 
  • Demonstrate Leadership Potential. 
  • Come from a socio-economically disadvantaged background. 
  • Have demonstrated the commitment to give back to your community, country, or continent – 
  • Have the intention to return to your home country after completing your studies. 


  • Citizens of North African countries are not eligible for this scholarship.
  • Not all degree programs are eligible. 

Each eligible graduate degree program has specific requirements and applicants should carefully review those.

  • Applications will be accepted through the fall of 2028. 
  • Doctoral programs do not qualify for the Scholars Program.
  • The master’s degree programs offered include the following:
    • 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)
  • *MBA students need to secure additional funding from Haas Business School through obtaining Haas scholarships, which requires meeting the Round One application deadline. 
  • Applicants for the Master’s degree program must first apply to the University through the regular admissions process before they will be considered for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program. After the graduate degree program admissions process is underway, the UCB Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program will invite prospective candidates to apply for the Scholarship.
  • Most MCF Scholars presumably will return to their home country. Some, however, may work in other African countries on issues related to their areas of training and, in so doing, ‘give back’ to the continent of Africa.
  • Applicants should elaborate on their achievements both in their application to UC Berkeley, and then later on the Scholarship application.

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Application Instructions

To apply for the Scholarship, 

  • Be sure to contact each program, and also contact the organizers to discuss any effect this may have on your funding structure.
  • Learn more through Frequently Asked Questions
  • Click here to apply to be a UC Berkeley Mastercard Foundation Scholar. 

About the University of California, Berkeley Mastercard Scholars Program

The Mastercard Scholars Program was launched to support extremely talented individuals who might not otherwise have access to quality higher education.

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. 

The goal of this Program is to enable Scholars to return home and facilitate change, after forming valuable professional connections through an internship, Academic Training and job placements. 

The program caters to well-rounded students who are engaged in activities beyond the classroom. 

Key Dates and Order of Program

Graduate application deadlines vary by program.

Click here for up to date information on Program deadlines. 

Applications for the scholarship must be submitted by January 14, 2021.

The program will select 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. 

An important criteria for admission to the University is demonstrated academic excellence.

The program will take place at the University of California, Berkeley. 

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