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APPLY: Mandela Rhodes Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship Programme

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.
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The Mandela Rhodes Scholarship Programme combines financial support for postgraduate studies and a high-quality leadership development programme, to build 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, currently for an Honours or Master’s degree.

Components 

The leadership development programme comprises the following three components.

  • Three residential workshops
  • Three regional group pods
  • Mentoring

Eligibility criteria

  • The Mandela Rhodes Scholarships are 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 January 1, 2024
  • 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
  • The MRF leadership development activities sometimes include weekends. It is a condition of the Scholarship that attendance is compulsory

Benefits of Mandela Rhodes Postgraduate Scholarship

The Scholarship covers the cost of a Scholar as follows:

  • Tuition and registration fees as set by the institution;
  • A study materials allowance as set by the MRF;
  • Accommodation and meal allowances as set by the MRF;
  • A medical aid allowance as set by the MRF;
  • Economy-class travel allowance for international scholars only from the scholar’s home to their institution at the beginning and back home at the end of their degree programme;
  • Personal allowance.

How to apply and application deadline 

Qualified candidates may visit the official page for more information and apply through the application portal. Application deadline is April 21, 2023.

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