Fully funded Mandela Institute for Development Studies Scholarship Program for Leadership Developmen


MINDS offers scholarships to Africans who wish to pursue post-graduate studies within Africa, outside of their own countries. Through tailored leadership development activities, the MINDS Scholarship Program aims to nurture leaders who have a continental development mindset; leaders who will facilitate greater cohesion and cooperation between African countries.

MINDS scholarships are applicable to full-time studies of a one or two year Honors or Master's degree at one of the MINDS preferred institutions (listed below). MINDS does not prescribe the course to be studied.


  • Tuition,

  • Accommodation and meals,

  • One return ticket per duration of studies,

  • A fixed stipend.


  • Be a national of an African country, residing in any African country;

  • Have been formally accepted by one or more MINDS preferred institution/s outside of your country of citizenship and/ or residency;

  • Have been formally accepted by one or more MINDS preferred institution/s to pursue postgraduate studies within the following year;

  • Have obtained at least 70% in each subject/ course in the last two completed years of study;

  • Produce evidence of demonstrated leadership abilities or potential guided by the questions/ requirements set out in the application form;

  • Submit a complete online application form (see below) with the required supporting documentation.


MINDS is currently receiving applications from students who commence their studies in 2018/2019. Interested individuals are invited to submit applications as soon as they receive official acceptance from a MINDS preferred university at which they wish to study. Applications will be processed in the order they are received. If you meet the eligibility criteria above, you can submit your application by clicking on the link below. Please have the following documents scanned, saved and ready for uploading. All documents uploaded must be in PDF format. Each attachment should not exceed 2MB in size.

  • A copy of the data/ bio page of your passport.

  • A certified academic transcript/ results slip of the last two years of study.

  • A copy of the official acceptance letter from the university. The letter must:

  • Be addressed to the applicant.

  • State the degree which the applicant has been accepted to study.

  • State the academic year at which the degree will commence.

  • State the duration of the course (e.g. one year).

  • A copy of a valid study permit or visa OR proof of application. (Optional)

  • A detailed CV/ Resume of not more than four (4) single sided pages.

  • Two reference letters (of not more than 3 pages each) addressing the applicant's demonstration of integrity, their competency and/or potential as a leader and their commitment to the development of the African continent.