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Mandela Rhodes Scholarship for African Students 2024

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Applications for the Mandela Rhodes Scholarships in South Africa are now open, for the 2023-2024 academic year, until April 20, 2023.

The Mandela Rhodes Scholarship is a program created in honor of Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa. This scholarship provides full funding for the costs associated with your studies for a one-year honors degree or two-year master's degree in any field at a recognized South African institution of higher education.

The primary objective of this program is to financially support outstanding African students who have demonstrated leadership potential, academic excellence, and a commitment to public service.  The Mandela Rhodes Scholarship is for students who would like to pursue their studies in South Africa at a South African institution of higher education.



Summary of the scholarship

  • Host Institution(s): South African Higher Education Institutions
  • Study in: South Africa.
  • Level/Field(s) of study: Master
  • Number of Scholarships: Not specified
  • Funding: Fully Funded. See "Scholarship funding and finances" section for mor details.
  • Target group: African students.
  • Deadline: April 20, 2023.



Scholarship funding and finances

The Mandela Rhodes Scholarship for African students covers the following costs:

  • Tuition and registration fees as set by your university or 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
  • A personal allowance as set by the MRF
  • Research and conferencing grants can be made available on request
  • Economy-class flights for international scholars from their home countries to their institutions at the start and end of their studies

The Mandela Rhodes Foundation does not pay for your application fees for university, or for the accreditation of your existing degrees through SAQA, which may be an entry requirement to your course. We also do not provide financial support for visa applications.

Allowances are paid twice a year. You will be required to provide proof of registration at the start of the year, and a progress report from your university two weeks after the start of the second semester. Your tuition and registration fees are paid directly to the tertiary institution, while all other allowances are paid to you. Any amount due to or owed by you prior to becoming a Mandela Rhodes Scholar, is your sole responsibility, and the Mandela Rhodes Foundation will not become involved in any way.




Eligibility criteria for the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship include:

  • Citizenship: You must be a citizen of any African country.
  • Age: You must be between 19 and 29 years old at the time of application for the scholarship.
  • Education: You must have completed an undergraduate degree or be in the final year of your undergraduate programme at the time of application.
  • Academic background: You must have an excellent academic record with a minimum average of 70% in your undergraduate degree.
  • Leadership potential: You must demonstrate leadership potential and a commitment to addressing the challenges facing your community and continent.
  • Personal characteristics: You must possess qualities such as honesty, integrity and commitment to reconciliation.
  • Language skills: You must be proficient in English, as the courses are taught in English.



Participating South African universities

Below is the list of South African universities participating in the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship Programme. Then, you can study at:



Application process for the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship

To apply for the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship, you must apply online via this link. The deadline is 20 April 2023 by which time all application documents must be submitted.

You must apply separately to a South African higher education institution of your choice for the studies you wish to pursue.

The three people who write your recommendation letters must also log onto the platform to upload their letters directly. You must give them plenty of time to write their letters, sign onto the platform, and upload them. Your application cannot be submitted without the letters and will not be considered.


For further information about the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship, please visit the OFFICIAL WEBSITE.

If you have any questions about eligibility or the terms and conditions of the scholarship, please email


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