Big Ideas Contest

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Welcome to the Big Ideas and Mastercard Foundation Alumni Scholars application portal! If you have any questions between now and the application deadline (April 10th, 1pm PT) about rules and eligibility, please refer to the program websites, contact us directly at, or schedule an appointment with a Big Ideas advisor.

Please note: 

1. To be eligible to apply for the Big Ideas Contest, you must be a currently matriculated (degree-seeking) UC Berkeley student.

2. To be eligible to apply for the Mastercard Foundation Alumni Impact Fund, you must be a Mastercard Foundation Alumni Scholar who has graduated, or will graduate before May 2024.

Big Ideas Contest