Mandela Rhodes Scholarship Program

The Mandela Rhodes Scholarship is an initiative of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation, which offers young leaders from Africa an opportunity to become part of Nelson Mandela’s transformative legacy.

The Mandela Rhodes Scholarship offers financial support for studies as well as a leadership program that challenges and grows young African students into changemakers.

This scholarship offers comprehensive funding for all the core costs associated with the recipient’s studies.

Young leaders who ascribe to the principles of leadership, reconciliation entrepreneurship, and education and aspire to live them out are welcome to apply for this scholarship.

Host School(s)

Any recognized South African institution of higher education.

Fields of Study

Postgraduate study (Honors and Master’s degrees) in any field, except for MBAs.

What does the scholarship cover?

  • Tuition
  • Registration fees
  • Allowances for study materials
  • Research
  • Medical aid
  • Meal and accommodation allowances
  • Economy class travel to and from one’s home country to the South
  • African University
  • A personal allowance
  • Research and conferencing grants on request

How many scholarships are given?

Not stated

Which countries are targeted?

Citizens of African countries

Am I Eligible to Apply?

To qualify for this scholarship, you must:-

  • Be between the ages of 19 and 29 at the time of application.
  • Be a citizen of any African country.
    Have a first degree with above-average academic results (70% or upper second).
  • Be able to study at postgraduate level in English.

How Do I Apply – Next Steps

First, check the timeline for applications.
Next, check the program requirements for your intended course of study.

Get your documents ready as follows:

  • Three recommendation letters submitted by your recommenders through the application platform.
  • Certificates of completion for your degrees, transcripts of your academic results, and scans of your ID and passport.
  • Two short essays, one on a specific question relating to the scholarship principles, and the other on your personal journey.
  • University application indicating your proposed course of study.
  • SAQA accreditation (if required)
    After this, apply for the scholarship online using the application platform at the website below.

Selection Criteria

  • Potential to embody the founding principles of education, reconciliation, entrepreneurship, and leadership.
  • You should already have taken up a leadership role or display leadership qualities.
  • You should have made an impact on your campus or community.

Closing Date

20 April 2024

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