The Mandela Rhodes Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: 15 April 2018


The Mandela Rhodes Scholarships programme is a combination of financial support for postgraduate studies and a high quality leadership development programme, with the intention of building exceptional leadership capacity in Africa. A Mandela Rhodes Scholarship enables a Scholar to study at a South African tertiary institution registered with the South African Council on Higher Education for an accredited postgraduate degree programme. The Scholarship is awarded for one or a maximum of two years.

The central purpose of The Mandela Rhodes Foundation is to build exceptional leadership capacity in Africa (whilst also seeking to foster better reconciliation and entrepreneurship) through its various programmes and, to this end, aims to be the leading protagonist in Africa for such endeavours. The Mandela Rhodes programmes will develop leadership and vocational capacity across African society, to help the continent achieve success and prosperity and full equal participation in the global world. They will constitute ‘History At Work’, extracting from past legacies to help Africa succeed in the 21st century. The Scholarships Programme will be the main focus for the foreseeable future.

The overarching mission of The Mandela Rhodes Foundation is to build exceptional leadership capacity in Africa, by providing excellent educational and training opportunities to individual Africans with leadership potential; as well as by creating over time a network of well-rounded leaders of talent, effectiveness and integrity across African society.

The Mandela Rhodes Scholarships are intended as a vehicle for the sustainable and practical expression of the aim to provide exceptional educational opportunities, develop a network of leaders, and thereby help to build leadership capacity in Africa.



Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the MRFS, applicants must meet the following requirements;

  • The Scholarship is open to citizens of all African countries
  • The Scholarship is for postgraduate study at South African universities or tertiary institutions
  • Full funding is for Honours (maximum one year) or Masters (up to a maximum of two years) or their equivalents (MBA’s excluded)
  • Any individual who will be between the ages of 19 and 30 years at the time of taking up the Scholarship may apply
  • Applicants must possess a first degree or its equivalent or must be in the process of completing one by 31 January 2019
  • Applicants should have a history of well above average academic results
  • Individuals that reflect in their character a commitment to the four principles of Education, Reconciliation, Leadership and Entrepreneurship
  • Applicants must be able to attend all compulsory elements of MRF leadership development programme. These activities can occur during the week or on weekends.
  • The Scholarship cannot be deferred once awarded. It must be taken up in the year which was applied for.

Please note: If you qualify for the Scholarship, The Mandela Rhodes Foundation does not apply to tertiary institutions on your behalf. Applicants must apply separately to their chosen tertiary institution for the degree they wish to undertake. The Scholarship award is conditional on the applicant being offered a place at the relevant institution.



Characteristics sought in a Mandela Rhodes Scholar

  • Aspire to be a Mandela Rhodes Scholar if you dream of being a leader; a leader in whose blend of character and intellect Africa will take pride.
  • Aspire to be a Mandela Rhodes Scholar if you understand education to be both a gift and a tool for the advancement of human development , to the benefit of all.
  • Aspire to be a Mandela Rhodes Scholar if you believe in an entrepreneurial spirit to allow Africa to take with dignity its rightful place as an equal and competitive presence in the global world.
  • Aspire to be a Mandela Rhodes Scholar if you believe in reconciliation, freedom, peace and prosperity among all human beings, who should share equal citizenship and opportunities in this world.



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On-going Opportunities

The Minerva Schools at KGI. Deadline: 15 March 2018. Link;

The New Zealand Development Scholarships for Postgraduate Studies. Deadline: 14 March 2018. Link;     

The Standard Bank Africa Derek Cooper Scholarship

Deadline: Varies by Institution. Link; 

The ALU Mandela Centennial Undergraduate Scholarship Programme. Deadline: 31 March 2018. Link;

The Anzisha Prize Fellowship. Deadline: 31 March 2018. Link;

The Mandela Rhodes Foundation Masters Scholarships. Deadline: 15 April 2018. Link;


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