Mandela Rhodes Foundation Scholarship Programme 2020

Deadline: 15 April 2019
Open to: citizens of all African countries who hold a Bachelor’s Degree
Benefits: fully funded


Applications are open for the Mandela Rhodes Foundation Scholarship Programme 2020. 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.

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

  • Three residential Workshops;
  • Three Regional group Pods;
  • Second Year Programme.


  • The Scholarship is open to citizens of all African countries and 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 2019;
  • 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;
  • Applicants must be able to attend all compulsory elements of our 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.

Note: Application to the chosen tertiary institution or university is the responsibility of the applicants and not of the MRF’s.


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.

How to apply?

You can apply using the following link.

For more information, please visit this website.