The Mandela Rhodes Scholarship is much more than financial support for your studies. It is a unique opportunity for young leaders from anywhere in Africa to further their education in South Africa. While completing postgraduate study in any field of your choice, our leadership development programme will empower you to solve some of Africa’s most difficult challenges. You will begin a life-changing leadership journey, and find a community of people who share your passion for the positive transformation of Africa. 

Applications for the Class of 2022 run from 23 March to 20 April 2021.

The leadership development programme

The Mandela Rhodes programme is built on their founding principles of reconciliation, education, entrepreneurship, and leadership, and a belief that leadership begins with inner transformation.

The programme is delivered primarily through a series of online or in-person workshops which you will attend during your time in residence.

Financial support

The scholarship 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, personal allowance, and economy class travel to and from your home country to your South African university at the beginning and end of your degree.

Eligibility criteria

If you are between the ages of 19 and 29, are a citizen of any African country, and have a first degree with above-average academic results (70% or upper second), you are eligible to apply for the scholarship.

Selection criteria

They are looking for scholars who have demonstrated the potential to embody our founding principles of reconciliation, education, entrepreneurship, and leadership. You must have already assumed leadership and made an impact on your campus or community.

Potential for growth

To benefit you must be curious about doing the personal, internal work of leadership. This means committing to developing self-awareness by engaging with difficult parts of yourself, an openness to learning from the diversity in your cohort, and a willingness to explore and embrace complexity.


Download to read more about the scholarship:Introduction to the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship

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