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2024 Mandela Rhodes Scholarship, South Africa

Note: To successfully apply for this scholarship, ensure you read all instructions on this page.
April 21, 2024

Do you aspire to be a visionary leader who has moral authority? Do you have excellent academic results but believe that your education should not only benefit you but make a difference for others?

The Mandela Rhodes Foundation Scholarship aims to support the studies of students who are curious about doing the personal, internal work of leadership.

The Mandela Rhodes Scholarship requires a commitment to self-development, an openness to learning from the diversity and differences, and a willingness to explore and embrace complexity.

Type: Masters

Application Deadline: April 21, 2024

Value & Duration of Award: The Mandela Rhodes Scholarship offers comprehensive funding for the core costs associated with your studies. It 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. You will also receive a personal allowance.

  • The Mandela Rhodes Scholarship fund your degree to a maximum of two years, with no exception.
  • Students who receive the Scholarship for their Honours degree receive one year of funding, while Masters students will receive one or two years of funding.
  • The scholarship benefits include;
    • Tuition and registration fees as set by your university or 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
    • A personal allowance as set by the MRF
    • Research and conferencing grants can be made available on request
    • Economy-class flights for international scholars from their home countries to their institutions at the start and end of their studies.

Eligible Countries: African Countries


  • Be between the ages of 19 and 29
  • Be a citizen of any African country
  • Have a first degree with above average academic results (70% or upper second)
  • Have assumed leadership and made an impact on your campus or community.

Attendance at the residential workshops and regional pods is mandatory, and a condition of the scholarship. Participating in the Mentoring Programme is optional.

How To Apply: Click on “Apply For This Scholarship” below

You must apply online. You can log onto our applications platform to access your application and upload your documents and essays. The three people who write your recommendation letters must also log onto the platform to upload their letters directly. You must give them plenty of time to write their letters, sign onto the platform, and upload them. Your application cannot be submitted without the letters and will not be considered.

Required Documents:

  • Recommendation Letters: Your recommenders must submit their letters through our application platform. Without these letters, you cannot submit your application. 
  • Documentation: You will be required to upload certificates of completion for your degrees, transcripts of your academic results, and scans of your ID and passport documents.
  • Essays: You will be asked to write two short essays, one on your personal journey, and one on a specific question relating to our principles.
  • Application for university: You will be asked to fill in your proposed course of study on your application.
  • South African Qualification Agency Certificate: non-South African applicants will have to evaluate the equivalence of their degree with a South African degree. SAQA accreditation can take 4-8 weeks.
  • Find the specific requirements of your course on the website of any South African university you are applying to

Source: https://www.mandelarhodes.org/

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