Mandela Rhodes Scholarships for Young African Students to Study In South Africa

The Mandela Rhodes Scholarships

Course(s) Offered: All fields
Course Level: Graduate (Honors, Masters)
Providers: Mandela Rhodes Foundation
Country to Study in: South Africa

Scholarship Description
The Mandela Rhodes Foundation offers the Mandela Rhodes Scholarships to help in building leadership excellence in Africa. The scholarship is more than a bursary, as the costs of scholars are generously covered during their period of study.

The Mandela Rhodes Foundation offers young Africans who exhibit academic prowess as well as broader leadership potential an educational opportunity unique on the continent. While pursuing their chosen degree, each scholar benefits from access to leadership development programmes.

In addition to the opportunity to interact with a diverse group of fellow-scholars that span the continent and academic disciplines, successful scholars become part of a wide-ranging network of young Africans of excellence who are expected to play leadership roles in their fields and societies in the years following their time ‘in residence’.

Students from all African countries are eligible for the Scholarship; however, students must enrol at a South African institution of higher education.

The Scholarship is:
  • Open to citizens of all African countries.
  • For postgraduate study at a South African university or tertiary institution (Honours and Masters degrees only).
  • For any individual between 19 and 30 years of age at the time of taking up the Scholarship.
  • For applicants who possess a first degree or its equivalent or must be in the process of completing one by 31 January 2017
  • For applicants who 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

Eligible groups
Citizens of ANY African country can apply

Participating Institutions
Recognized South African institutions of higher education (university or other tertiary institutions)

Fields of study
All Honours and Masters level degree courses in ANY field of study

Number of awards
Not specified by sponsors

Sponsorship duration
The award provides funding for the duration of your degree to a strict maximum of two years, with no exceptions allowed. Students who receive the Scholarship for their Honours degree receive one year of funding, while Masters students will receive one or two years funding.

Scholarship benefits
The award includes tuition and registration fees, study materials allowance, accommodation and meals, personal and medical aid allowance, and travel expenses to and from student's institution at the beginning and end of their degree programme. The Scholarship also covers all expenses relating to attending the leadership development workshops.

Other than financial assistance, the Scholarship also includes:
  • Leadership Workshops
  • Access to peer-mentoring if desired
  • Access to the Community of Mandela Rhodes Scholars
Method of Application
You must be eligible and qualified to apply. 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.

All Mandela Rhodes Scholarship applicants are to apply online via the Embark application system, accessible via the link at the bottom of the official scholarship webpage (link to it is below). The applications and selections process involves 4 rounds which commences after the expiration of the deadline date below.

It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on how to apply to this scholarship programme.

The application deadline is between March-April of every year for receipt at The Mandela Rhodes Foundation. This deadline will be strictly applied. The opening date for 2017 Scholarship applications is 11 March 2016. The closing date is 2 May 2016

The Mandela Rhodes Foundation undertakes long-listing and short-listing processes in preparation for final interviews. Candidates short-listed to attend the final interview are required to submit an essay on a topic provided. All short-listed candidates are informed shortly after their interviews as to whether they have been successful.

Under current rules, a Mandela Rhodes Scholarship is open to candidates who would be under the age of 30 at the time they took the Scholarship, if awarded.

Married students may apply. However, the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship provides funding for the selected Scholar only, and no exceptions are allowed to this rule.

Application Deadline: 2 May 2016
Open to International Students: No (ONLY Africans)

More Scholarship Information and Application

Related: Scholarships in South Africa for International Students

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