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The Mandela Rhodes Scholarship is a life-changing leadership journey. The scholarship combines financial support with a leadership programme that will challenge you, grow you, and connect you to young African changemakers. Financial support covers tuition for a one-year Honours degree or a two-year Masters degree in any field at a recognised South African institution of higher education. This includes tuition and registration fees, allowances for study materials, research, and medical aid, accommodation and meals, and economy class travel to and from your home country to your South African university at the beginning and end of your degree. You will also receive a personal allowance. The leadership program is built on our founding principles of reconciliation, education, entrepreneurship, and leadership, and a belief that leadership begins with inner transformation, and delivered primarily through a series of week-long residential workshops which you will attend during your time in residence.


  • The Scholarship is 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 31 January 2021

  • 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


The deadline for applying is 23 April 2020. All applications are done and submitted online. For more information about the Mandela Rhodes Foundation, visit:

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