Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) Leadership Development Scholarships for Africans

Scholarship Program for Leadership Development

Course(s) Offered: Any field
Course Level: Honors, Masters
Provider: MINDS
Country to Study in: Africa

Scholarship Description
The Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) is pleased to announce Old Mutual as a partner for the MINDS Scholarship Programme. MINDS has launched this Scholarship Programme for leadership development in Africa starting 2017.

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 mindset; leaders who will facilitate greater cohesion and cooperation between African countries.

MINDS is currently receiving applications from students who commence their studies in 2018. The MINDS scholarships are applicable to full-time studies of a one or two year Honors or Master's degree at one of the MINDS preferred institutions (see drop-down list below). MINDS does not prescribe the course to be studied.

MINDS Scholarship Programme in Leadership Development
Nelson 'Madiba' Mandela
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 (see below) with the required supporting documentation.
Selection criteria:
Individuals with a Pan-African outlook, demonstrated leadership ability and an excellent academic record who wish to study on the African continent, outside their home country are invited to apply for the scholarships.

Important note:
MINDS defines "own" or "home" country as the applicant's country of citizenship AND their country of residence. For example, if you are a Zimbabwean citizen who is resident in South Africa, you can only apply for a MINDS scholarship if you have been accepted to study at one of the universities on the MINDS Preferred Institutions list that is NOT in Zimbabwe or South Africa. You will NOT be eligible for a MINDS scholarship if you wish to study in Zimbabwe or South Africa.

Eligible groups
Citizens of ANY African country

Participating Institutions
To be eligible to receive a MINDS scholarship, an applicant must have been accepted to study at one of the following institutions (click to see Full Eligible List under each region):

Fields of study
Any Honors or Master's degree course programs at any one of the MINDS preferred institutions (see drop down list above). MINDS does not prescribe the course to be studied.

Number of awards
Not specified - but several will be awarded

Sponsorship duration
Awards will cover one or two year course programs

Scholarship benefits
The scholarship will cover some or all of the expenses below, depending on whether a partial or full scholarship is awarded:
  • Tuition,
  • Accommodation and meals,
  • One return ticket per duration of studies,
  • A fixed stipend.
Important note:
Each student's stipend will be individually calculated depending on a number of factors. Therefore, the value of the stipend will be disclosed to beneficiaries of the MINDS scholarships.

Method of Application
Interested individuals are invited to submit applications as soon as they receive official acceptance from a MINDS preferred university at which they wish to study. Applications will be processed in the order they are received.

If you meet the eligibility criteria above, you can submit your application by clicking on the link below. Please have the requested documents scanned, saved and ready for uploading. All documents uploaded must be in PDF format. Each attachment should not exceed 2MB in size. You may Click here to submit an application for a MINDS Scholarship.

It is important to read the FAQs, and also visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information, including the list of requested relevant documents you must submit with this scholarship application.

None has been announced. MINDS is currently receiving applications from students who commence their studies in 2018/2019. On submission of the application, you will receive an email confirming receipt of the application. MINDS will contact you as early as possible within two months of submitting your application.

The MINDS Scholarship Programme will see African students studying in an African country other than their home country. The aim is to develop leaders with a continent wide development mindset; leaders who can facilitate greater cooperation between African countries in future. An MoU was signed between MINDS and Old Mutual in Johannesburg, South Africa on the 7th of November, 2016. 

The Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) is an Africa-wide think tank which provides a forum for dialogue, information dissemination, networking and research on the different elements of Africa. MINDS is a non-governmental organisation and is based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Old Mutual plc is an international investment, savings, insurance, and banking group. Established in 1845 in South Africa, it is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.

Application Deadline: Ongoing
Open to International Applicants: No (ONLY Africans)

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