Postgraduate study at South African institutions
A Mandela Rhodes Scholarship provides full funding for up to a maximum of two years of postgraduate study, to qualified citizens of African countries, at recognised South African tertiary institutions.
The Scholarship provides funds for tuition, accommodation, meals, a book allowance, and a travel allowance for each Scholar in residence.
The Scholarship is currently offered only for students pursuing an Honours or Masters degree or their equivalents, and the length of tenure of the Scholarship will depend on the length of the proposed course of study. Selection as a Mandela Rhodes Scholar does not guarantee entry into a South African tertiary education institution. All applications must be made separately by yourself to your preferred institutions.
A unique feature of the Mandela Rhodes Scholarships is a series of supplementary workshops that are run for Scholars throughout their first year in residence. These workshops focus on leadership development and encourage the exploration of key social issues. Respected individuals, including past Scholars, are invited to share their knowledge, insight and experiences with the Scholars in residence. Workshops are facilitated by senior Mandela Rhodes Foundation Staff, under the leadership of the Scholarships Manager.
The Mandela Rhodes Scholarships include a mentoring aspect currently in its pilot phase, in which Scholars are connected if they so wish, with a peer mentor who is an alumnus of the Mandela Rhodes Scholarships.
The Mandela Rhodes Community
The Mandela Rhodes Community is an initiative by the Mandela Rhodes Scholars themselves. All Mandela Rhodes Scholars are eligible to be members of the alumni network, and it seeks to keep its members in touch with each other beyond their time as Scholars in residence. The Mandela Rhodes Community arranges conferences and hopes to encourage projects that further commitment to the principles of the Scholarship.