About the 2017/2018 Mandela Rhodes Scholarships for African Citizens to Study in South Africa
- About the 2017/2018 Mandela Rhodes Scholarships for African Citizens to Study in South Africa
- How to Apply
Applications are currently ongoing for the 2017/2018 Mandela Rhodes Scholarships for African Citizens. All interested African students who wish to study in South Africa should see the details below.
The Mandela Rhodes Scholarships Programme is open for African citizens to study for postgraduate (Honors and Masters) degree at South African Universities 2017.
The Mandela Rhodes Scholarships Programme is a combination of financial support for postgraduate studies and a high quality leadership development programme, with the intention to build exceptional leadership capacity in Africa.
A Mandela Rhodes Scholarship enables a Scholar to study at a South African tertiary institution registered with the South African Council on Higher Education for an accredited postgraduate degree programme. The Scholarship is awarded for one or a maximum of two years, currently for an Honours or Masters degree.
General Information and Deadline
- The opening date for 2018 Scholarship applications is 10 March 2017.
- The application deadline is 18 April 2017.
- All Mandela Rhodes Scholarship applicants are to apply online via the Embark application system, accessible via the link at the bottom of this page.
If you qualify for the Scholarship, The Mandela Rhodes Foundation does not apply to tertiary institutions on your behalf. Applicants must apply seperately to their chosen tertiary institution for the degree they wish to undertake. The Scholarship award is conditional on the applicant being offered a place at the relevant institution.
South African universities or tertiary institutions
Eligible Fields of Study
Honors or Masters degree and leadership development
The leadership development programme is made up of the following three components.
- Three residential workshops
- Three regional group pods
Eligibility and 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 posess a first degree or its equivalent or must be in the process of completing one by 31 January 2017
- 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
Number of Scholarships
Value of Scholarship
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 back home at the end of their degree programme;
- Personal allowance.
Duration of Scholarship
Full funding is for Honours (maximum one year) or Masters (up to a maximum of two years)
How to Apply
All Mandela Rhodes Scholarship applicants are to apply online via the Embark application system.
Applications reviewed by South African tertiary institutions and the Mandela Rhodes Foundation. By end June 2017, all applicants to be informed by tertiary institutions and the MRF whether or not their application is through to the next stage.
Reviews by the MRF. By the end of July 2017, remaining applicants to be informed by the MRF whether or not their application is through to the next stage.
Reviews by the MRF. By end of September 2017, remaining applicants to be informed by the MRF whether or not their application is through to the next stage.
Panel interviews with Selection Committees in October. By end of November 2017, panel interviewed applicants to be informed by the MRF whether or not they have been selected as Mandela Rhodes Scholars.