Mandela Rhodes Scholarship 2024 | Fully Funded

The Mandela Rhodes Scholarship offers comprehensive funding for the full costs associated with your studies in universities in the beautiful country of South Africa. 

The Mandela Rhodes Scholarship is for postgraduate study (Honours and Masters degrees) in several study and research fields.

The scholarship aims to keep Nelson Mandela’s legacy alive by equipping young African leaders with the competence and courage to transform the continent into a place where everyone has equal opportunity to thrive. 

In this post, you will be provided with the details of the eligibility requirements, rewards, and the step-by-step simplified process for a successful application.

Mandela Rhodes Scholarship Summary

  • Host Country: South Africa
  • Study Abroad: Study in Africa
  • Category: Postgraduate Scholarships | Masters Scholarships 
  • Eligible Countries: All African Countries
  • Reward: Full Scholarship | Stipends | Travel Cost | Accommodation | Travel | Meals
  • No IELTS Required
  • Application Opens: March 14, 2024
  • Deadline: April 21, 2024

Mandela Rhodes Scholarship Details:

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.

Mandela Rhodes Scholarship Requirements:

To be considered for the Mandela Rhodes Foundation Scholarship, you must:

  • 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.

Mandela Rhodes Foundation Scholarship Benefits

  • 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.

Required Documents for Mandela Rhodes Scholarship

  • 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

How To Apply for Mandela Rhodes Scholarship (Step-by-Step)

Interested candidates should follow the procedures below for their scholarship application;

  • Click on the button below to visit the application page
  • Ensure you have met the scholarship eligibility criteria
  • Apply to a South African university of your choice
  • We highly recommend that you apply as soon as possible. If you do not get accepted into a South African institution, you will not be able to accept the scholarship if awarded
  • Fill the application form on the Mandela Rhodes Foundation Page
  • Upload your essays, recommendations and other documents
  • Submit your application as soon as possible

Apply here:

Deadline: April 21, 2024