The Mandela Institute for Development Studies Scholarship Program

Deadline: Ongoing

The Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) offers scholarships to Africans who wish to pursue post-graduate studies within Africa, outside of their own countries. Through tailored leadership development activities, the MINDS Scholarship Program aims to nurture leaders who have a continental development mind-set; leaders who will facilitate greater cohesion and cooperation between African countries.
MINDS scholarships are applicable to full-time studies of a one or two year Honours or Master’s degree at one of the MINDS preferred institutions, in any discipline offered at these institutions.


List of Participating Institutions

African Leadership University, Mauritius and Rwanda campuses
The University of Cape Town
The University of Witwatersrand
Makerere University
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

What it Covers
The scholarship will cover some or all of the expenses below, depending on whether a partial or full scholarship is awarded:
Accommodation and meals
One return ticket per duration of studies
A fixed stipend

Eligibility Criteria
MINDS scholarships are awarded to meritorious applicants following a rigorous selection process. To be considered for a MINDS scholarship, you must:
Be a national of an African country, residing in any African country
Have been formally accepted by one or more MINDS preferred institution/s to pursue postgraduate studies within the following year
Have obtained at least 70% in each subject/ course in the last two completed years of study
Produce evidence of demonstrated leadership abilities or potential guided by the questions/ requirements set out in the application form
Submit a complete online application form with the required supporting documentation

How to Apply
An online application form is completed at

Application Requirements
Before applying, have the following documents scanned, saved and ready for uploading. All documents uploaded must be in PDF format. Each attachment should not exceed 2MB in size.
A copy of the data/ bio page of your passport
A certified academic transcript/ results slip of the last two years of study
A copy of the official acceptance letter from the university. The letter must:
Be addressed to the applicant
State the degree which the applicant has been accepted to study
State the academic year at which the degree will commence
State the duration of the course (e.g. one year)
A copy of a valid study permit or visa OR proof of application. (Optional)
A detailed CV/ Resume of not more than four (4) single sided pages
Two reference letters (of not more than 3 pages each) addressing the applicant’s demonstration of integrity, their competency and/or potential as a leader and their commitment to the development of the African continent

Application Guidelines
Ensure that you meet ALL of the requirements set out and upload ALL of the required documents
They are looking for individuals with a Pan-African outlook, strong leadership potential and a track record of academic excellence. Your application must demonstrate these elements convincingly
Applicants are encouraged to consider universities that are outside of South Africa. Most applications received have been for South African institutions and there are limited numbers that can be awarded to each university. This means that competition is stiffer for South African institutions.

Please note: there is no deadline for submissions. Applicants should apply as soon as they have all supporting documents.

For more information about the MINDS-Africa Scholarship Program, please visit;

On-going Opportunities

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Ashesi University. Deadline: 28 June 2018. Link;

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition for high school students. Deadline: 1 June 2018. Link;

The Misk Grand Challenge. Deadline: 17 May 2018. Link;


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