Mandela Rhodes Foundation Scholarship 2016 (Fully-funded)

Mandela Rhodes Foundation Scholarship 2016 (Fully-funded)

Deadline: May 2, 2016

Mandela Rhodes Foundation (MRF) invites applications for  the 2016 MRF Scholarships. These scholarships are open to all African students who intend to study at one of the numerous South African universities and higher institutions of learning.

The central purpose of The Mandela Rhodes Foundation is to build exceptional leadership capacity in Africa (whilst also seeking to foster better reconciliation and entrepreneurship) through its various programmes and, to this end, aims to be the leading protagonist in Africa for such endeavours.

MRF 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.


  • 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 possess 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

Scholarship Awards/ Benefits

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.

  • Scholarships
    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.
  • Leadership Development Program
    The leadership development programme is made up of the following three components.

    • Three residential workshops;
    • Three regional group pods;
    • Mentoring.
  • Mentoring
    The third component of the programme is a volunteer mentoring programme. The purpose of this component is to:

    • Give Scholars in residence space for one-on-one reflection, advice and growth;
    • Allow alumni Mandela Rhodes Scholars to give back to the Foundation through volunteering their time serving as mentors;
    • Build intergenerational networks;
    • Enrich and support the journey of Scholars in their year-in-residence beyond the group gatherings.
  • Regional Group pods
    Group pods are regional gatherings which seek to:

    • Build stronger local support networks;
    • Continue particular conversations and areas of reflection and engagement to supplement learning from the residential workshops;
    • Enrich the residential experience once Scholars return home.
  • Residential Workshops
    These 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.

How to Apply

All Mandela Rhodes Scholarship applicants are to apply online via the Embark application system.

For more information, visit Mandela Rhodes Foundation