Mandela Centennial Scholarship Programme 2018 to Study at African Leadership University

Mandela Centennial Scholarship Programme 2018 to Study at African Leadership University

Deadline: May 15, 2018

African Leadership University (ALU) in partnership with the Graça Machel Trust and the Mandela Institute of Development Studies (MINDS) has launched the Mandela Centennial Scholarship Programme. This is a landmark scholarship that will celebrate the 100th birthday of one of the greatest African leaders of the last century – Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, fondly known as Madiba.

The objective of the Mandela Centennial Scholars Programme is to honor President Mandela’s legacy and carry forward the important work he began in education by identifying 100 outstanding young Africans from disadvantaged backgrounds to attend ALU. These students will benefit from a scholarship and unparalleled opportunities for leadership development.

Scholarship Value

The scholarship covers full tuition,  travel, housing, and a stipend to cover food and other living expenses. For Rwandans living in Kigali, it will only cover tuition fees.


  • Open to Young Africans from disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Candidates should have approval to study at ALU in Rwanda for any degree programme, and should be an African national.
  • The scholarship is only for students starting the first year in September 2018 at ALU


The scholarship application will be made available on the ALU Admitted Student Portal under the Finance section. Access is only granted to candidates who have applied, have been accepted to ALU and are approved for study at ALU in Rwanda.

Once admitted, eligible candidates can access and submit their application for the Mandela Centennial Scholarship on the ALU Admitted Student Portal.  Candidates for the scholarship will be required to take an Artificial Intelligence admissions simulation called Knack, and submit a 500-1000 word essay for review by the scholarship committee.

For questions related to the Mandela Centennial Scholarship Programme, please email the Admissions team at [email protected].

For more information, visit Mandela Centennial Scholarship.