Deadline: April 15, 2018
Applications are open for the Mandela Rhodes Foundation Scholarship 2018/2019. The Scholarship provides full funding for up to a maximum of two years of postgraduate study for an African citizen at recognised South African institutions. Although no maximum number of awards has been stipulated, the scholarships are highly competitive, with fewer than 30 scholarships being awarded each year.
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 award is named after Nelson Mandela and Cecil Rhodes and is administered by the Mandela Rhodes Foundation which is a partnership between Nelson Mandela and the Rhodes Trust
- Financial scope of the 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 end of their degree
- Personal allowance.
- MRF Leadership Development Programme: The MRF leadership development programme is made up of the following three components:
- Three residential workshops;
- Three regional group pods;
- Open to citizens of all African countries;
- 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 January 31, 2019;
- Applicants should have a history of well above average academic results;
- Individuals should 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 the 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 Mandela Rhodes Foundation (alumni reviewers). By end June 2018, 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 Mandela Rhodes Foundation staff. By the end of July 2018, remaining applicants to be informed by the MRF whether or not their application is through to the next stage.
- Round 3: Reviews by designated Mandela Rhodes Foundation staff. By end of August 2018, 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 2018, panel interviewed applicants to be informed by the MRF whether or not they have been selected as Mandela Rhodes Scholars.