Apply now for the Mandela Rhodes Foundation scholarship program 2020 if you want to follow postgraduate’s studies

The Mandela Rhodes Foundation is offering scholarships to the citizens of African countries. This scholarship provides full funding for up two years of postgraduate study at recognized South African Institutions.

The Mandela Rhodes Scholarships programme is a combination of financial support for postgraduate studies and a high-quality Leadership Development Programme, with the intention of building exceptional leadership capacity in Africa.

The MRF Leadership Development Programme is made up of the following three components

Three residential Workshops; Three Regional group Pods; Mentoring and Second Year Programme

Financial support

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 end of their degree and Personal allowance

Selection criteria

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 2019; 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. Applicants must be able to attend all compulsory elements of our Leadership Development Programme. These activities can occur during the week or on weekends. The Scholarship cannot be deferred once awarded. It must be taken up in the year which was applied for.


Round 1: Applications reviewed by South African tertiary institutions and the MRF (Alumni reviewers). By end June 2019, all applicants to be informed by universities and/or the MRF whether or not their application is through to the next stage.

Round 2: Reviews by designated MRF staff. By the end of July 2019, remaining applicants to be informed by the MRF whether or not their application is through to the next stage.

Round 3: Reviews by designated MRF staff. By the end of August 2019, remaining applicants to be informed by the MRF whether or not their application is through to the next stage.

Final round: Panel interviews with Selection Committees in October. By end of October 2019, panel interviewed applicants to be informed by the MRF whether or not they have been selected as Mandela Rhodes Scholars.

The deadline is April 15, 2019

Visit Mandela Rhodes Foundation for details

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