$1,000 UC Berkeley 2023 Ezera Research Fellowship for African Students

Written by David on November 6, 2022

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

  • Country of the Scholarship

    United States
  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Ph.D. scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

    $1000 - $3000
  • Type of scholarship administrator

  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

  • Expenses covered

  • Scholarship Contact Details

    Berkeley, CA, United States

At the University of California, Berkeley, a memorial fund has been created in honor of Emeka Kalu Ezera to provide financial assistance to graduate students coming from African nations that are located south of the Sahara. The monies from the endowment are given to the Center for African Studies so that they can provide assistance to student researchers who are pursuing doctoral degrees and specializing in African studies.

The Ezera competition and the Rocca Fellowship competition (See in Program Webpage link below) have been combined for the aim of streamlining the administrative process. Those who are awarded the Ezera may also be eligible for funding from the Rocca endowment. There should only be one application submitted. In order to be considered for the Emeka Kalu Ezera fellowship, you will need to specify which African nation you are a native of in the section provided on the application for the fellowship.


About the Scholarship Sponsor:

Established in 1868, UC Berkeley is one of the oldest and most prestigious public research universities in the world. It has a reputation for being among the top state universities in the country. The university’s 1,232-acre San Francisco Bay Area campus is massive. Classes run on a semester system at the university. Programs for incoming freshmen are available at each of the nine research universities. Both the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and the Space Sciences Laboratory are located there; they are among the finest scientific institutions in the world. In total, scientists from the institution managed to locate 16 different elements.

When the Association of American Universities was founded in 1891, Berkeley was one of the 14 founding institutions. At this university, there are about three hundred and fifty degree programs and one hundred and sixty courses specifically designed for first-year students. Doctoral-level undergraduates are welcome at the university, as well. Many students choose to study economics, biology, or computer science at the institution. The Berkeley campus encompasses 1,232 acres in the Los Angeles harbor area, and more than 95% of first-year students choose to live there. More than a thousand student organizations, ranging from political groups to sports clubs, provide students a wealth of information and experience. Sixty-five percent or more of its first-year undergraduates get some form of financial aid.


The University of California, Berkeley, is home to 14 different schools and colleges, including the prestigious Graduate School of Journalism and a number of other specialized post-graduate institutions. In addition to the Haas School of Business and the College of Engineering, UC Berkeley is home to the Graduate School of Education and the School of Law. Forbes ranked Berkley as the fifth best university for its value to students in 2018. This list ranks institutions according to a variety of factors, including the average salary of graduates, the percentage of students who complete their degrees, the average amount of debt carried by graduates, the quality of the institution, and the ease with which students from low-income backgrounds are admitted. Over 3,000 students annually receive funding from over 900 different organizations and the University of California, Berkeley in the form of Undergraduate Scholarships.

Current faculty include four Pulitzer Prize winners and eight Nobel Prize winners. A total of 31,348 undergraduates and 11,856 graduate students make up its 43,204 total enrollment. There are 107 Nobel laureates among Berkeley’s alumni, faculty, and researchers. There were also 14 Fields Medalists and 25 Turing Award recipients. They’ve also racked up 207 Olympic medals, 45 MacArthur Foundation grants, and 20 Pulitzer Prizes. Graduates from this institution took home 17 medals overall (11 gold, 1 silver, and 5 bronze) at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. This illustrates Berkley’s athletic prowess as well. Author Jack London, journalist Gregory Peck, Pakistani leader Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, writer Joan Didion, and Women’s World Cup-winning soccer player Alex Morgan are just a few notable alumni of the University of California, Berkley.


Scholarship Sponsor(s):  University of California

Scholarship Country:  United States of America

Scholarship Worth: $1,000

Scholarship Type:  Fellowship

Nationality: International Students


Scholarship Offer:

  • Requests for financial support can be made for living expenses, transportation costs, and research expenses related to advancing thesis and dissertation work on Africa. Funds from Ezera can be used to supplement other awards, but not to replace them. The Rocca grant is just one of many opportunities for students to fund their education. Awards from the Ezera fund will be between $500 and $1,000 as of right now.


Eligibility for Scholarship

  • Graduate students from West Africa who exhibit exceptional promise of advancing scholarship in African Studies in the social sciences, humanities, and public policy and who demonstrate strong leadership potential are given priority for the Ezera Research Fellowship. These students must also demonstrate exceptional promise of advancing scholarship in African Studies.
  • Students from other parts of Africa are welcome to apply and should feel free to do so if they qualify.
  • When applying to the University of California at Berkeley, prospective students are required to have already been granted admission to the school, and they need to be enrolled before any financial aid can be distributed to them.
  • Students who are already citizens or permanent residents of the United States are ineligible for the fellowship opportunity.
  • A recipient of this fellowship will receive financial support for a maximum of two years; applications for financial support for the second year will be evaluated de novo together with other applications for that year.


Undergraduates at Leeds University in the United Kingdom can apply for a scholarship for the 2023–2024 school year. In an effort to inspire all students to continue their study, the University of Leeds is looking for exceptional students who can participate in research across the Mathematics department and are inspired to pursue higher education.



The UC Berkeley 2023 Ezera Research Fellowship for African Students    is open to all International Students


Application Procedure

  • Are you interested and eligible? Visit africa.berkeley.edu to submit an application to the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Please see the UC Berkeley website for further information.


Application Deadline

The application deadline  for UC Berkeley 2023 Ezera Research Fellowship for African Students  is April 11, 2023.

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