Deadline: 20th April, 2021

The Mandela Rhodes Foundation Scholarships For African Youths 2021

Application is now open for The Mandela Rhodes Foundation Scholarship 2021. The scholarship is aimed at building exceptional leadership capacity in Africa. The Mandela Rhodes Scholarship is a combination of financial support for postgraduate studies and a high quality Leadership Development Programme.

The Mandela Rhodes programmes is a combination of financial support for postgraduate studies and a high quality Leadership Development Programme, the program will develop leadership and vocational capacity across African society, to help the continent achieve success and prosperity and full equal participation in the global world.

The Mandela Rhodes Foundation is a unique partnership seeking to close a circle of history for the benefit of current and future generations of Africans. It brings together the 20th century legacy of Leadership and Reconciliation embodied by Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, and Cecil John Rhodes’s 19th century legacy as it relates specifically to Education and Entrepreneurship.

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The overarching mission of The Mandela Rhodes Foundation is to build exceptional leadership capacity in Africa, by providing excellent educational and training opportunities to individual Africans with leadership potential; as well as by creating over time a network of well-rounded leaders of talent, effectiveness and integrity across African society.

The Mandela Rhodes Scholarships are intended as a vehicle for the sustainable and practical expression of the aim to provide exceptional educational opportunities, develop a network of leaders, and thereby help to build leadership capacity in Africa.

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The Scholarships programme will seek candidates who identify with the values set out by Mr. Mandela and Mr. Rhodes; as well as demonstrating the characteristics set out separately in the document: The Characteristics Sought in a Mandela Rhodes Scholar.


Administration, Agriculture, Biology & Animal Science, Architecture & Construction, Design & Graphic Design, Chemistry, Computers & IT, Economics & Business, Education, Energy, Engineering, Environment, Geography & Outer Space, History & Anthropology, Human Rights, International Affairs, Languages, Law, Media, Marketing & PR, Medicine, Nursing & Psychology, Military & Security, Physics & Math, Politics, Religion, Society, Sport & Fitness, Arts, Video & Photography, Tourism & Hospitality, Transportation.

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To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be:

PLEASE NOTE: If you qualify for the Scholarship, The Mandela Rhodes Foundation does not apply to tertiary institutions on your behalf. Applicants must apply separately 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.


A. Financial scope of the Scholarship

The Scholarship covers the cost of a Scholar as follows:

B. Leadership Development Programme

The MRF Leadership Development Programme is made up of the following three components.

  1. Three residential Workshops;
  2. Three Regional group Pods;
  3. Mentoring.
  4. Second Year Programme

1. Residential Workshops

The heart of the Leadership Development Programme is delivered primarily through a series of residential Workshops. These highlight and engage critically with the four principles of the Foundation, namely: Leadership, Reconciliation, Entrepreneurship and Education. The Workshops create a unique opportunity to build the individual capacities of Scholars, provide the space to engage with high-profile leaders and expert thinkers, build a sense of community within the cohort and connect incoming Scholars to the broader Mandela Rhodes Community.

The Foundation holds three Workshops of approximately five days each during the year. Attendance to the Workshops is compulsory for all Scholars. Since workshop dates will be given in advance, Mandela Rhodes Scholars must make the necessary arrangements where there are clashes with their academic calendars to ensure full participation in the Workshops.

2. Pods

Pods are regional gatherings which seek to:

3. Mentoring

The third component of the programme is a voluntary Mentoring Programme. The purpose of this component is to:

4. Second Year Programme

The overall objective of the Second Year Program is to prepare Scholars to be more impactful in their respective sectors, while they are in the second year of their Masters. Using multi-disciplinary pod groups, design thinking and systems thinking principles, the pod sessions are intended to equip Scholars with the necessary mindsets and tools to action the principles of the MRF towards greater societal impact


For more information visit the official webpage of Mandela Rhode Foundation Scholarship 2021

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