Scholarship Overview

  • Country: South Africa
  • Scholarship Type: Merit-based
  • Institutions: Universities in South Africa
  • Funded by: The Mandela Rhodes Foundation
  • Tuition Type: Partial tuition
  • Degree Program: Undergraduate and Masters
  • Scholarship Amount: Partial funding and allowances
  • Separate Application Required?: Not needed
  • Deadline: 21 April, 2024.

Scholarship Benefits

The Mandela Rhodes Scholarship provides full coverage for essential expenses related to your academic pursuits. It also:

  • Funds the tuition for either a one-year Honours program or a two-year Masters program across any discipline at an accredited South African university.
  • encompasses fees for tuition and registration, allocations for academic resources, research support, health insurance, lodging and board, a stipend for personal expenses, and round-trip economy airfare between your home nation and the South African institution at the start and conclusion of your course of study.

Additionally, a separate personal stipend is included.


Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be aged 19 to 29 years old.
  • Hold citizenship in any African nation.
  • Possess a first degree with above-average academic achievement (70% or an upper second class).
  • Demonstrate leadership experience and a track record of making a positive impact either on campus or within your community.

How to apply

To apply, you must go through the online process. Access your application, and submit your documents and essays by logging into our application platform. The three individuals providing your recommendation letters need to use the platform to upload their letters as well. Ensure you allow sufficient time for them to compose their letters, log in to the system, and complete the upload process. Your application is incomplete without these letters and will not be reviewed.

Additional Information

Please note that applicants from countries outside of South Africa might be required to undergo SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority) verification prior to commencing their studies at a South African university. For detailed instructions and information, refer to the relevant FAQs and review the section titled “Step 3: Get your documents ready” as provided here.

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