The Scholarship

After the Scholarship

  • Overview·
  • Alumni platforms & Programmes·
  • Giving back

The Mandela Rhodes Family

Imagine being part of a community of people who get it. Who are as passionate about driving positive change as you are. Who are incredibly diverse but have something in common: they are outstanding leaders in their fields, and they share a commitment to the transformation of the African continent for the better.

Alumni say that finding a family of leaders to belong to is one of the best parts of being a Mandela Rhodes Scholar. When you graduate from our programme, you gain access to a community of hundreds of alumni playing influential roles across the continent. And you become part of a network of people who understand the challenges and rewards of leadership, and are there to walk the journey with you.

Alumni platforms & Programmes

Our alumni platforms are all about expanding impact through connection. We offer this digitally, at physical gatherings, and through the sharing of ideas, networks, and expertise to enhance our impact individually, nationally, and in regions.


Mandela Rhodes Alumni have access to MandelaRhodesConnect, a secure digital platform just for our community. The platform enables you to connect to our powerful network and ask for or offer help. This help could be collaboration on a project, mentoring, or access to an organisation or industry. MandelaRhodesConnect offers you a way to expand your network within our community and increase your impact through relationships with other alumni. It’s also a space for sharing perspectives on current affairs, and finding people who enjoy the same things as you.

Platforms for thought leadership

We offer alumni a public platform through our Young African channels and our annual symposium. We aim to amplify the voices of our alumni and provide a platform for broader society to engage with Mandela Rhodes thought leadership. Young African takes the form of an annual print magazine, an online platform on our website, and a quarterly digital digest, all available to the public. The annual symposium provides a forum for critical conversation and collaboration on how to address some of our most intractable challenges and opportunities as the continent.

Regional and global connections

Mandela Rhodes Alumni will also get opportunities to connect to other regional and global alumni networks and social change initiatives. These spaces seek connection and the exchange of ideas and leadership from Africa that can contribute to a global shift towards collective systemic transformation.

International doctoral scholarship

The Shaun Johnson Memorial Scholarships are available exclusively to alumni of the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship. They were previously known as the Leverhulme Mandela Rhodes Doctoral Scholarships. Following the unexpected passing of MRF Founding Executive Director Shaun Johnson, our partners the Leverhulme Trust generously decided to rename the Scholarships in Shaun’s honour in March 2020.

The scholarship is for PhD study in the United Kingdom, and is offered in partnership with the Leverhulme Trust. There are currently two Shaun Johnson Memorial Scholarships per year, making this a highly competitive opportunity. More here.

Giving back to the Foundation

There are many ways to support the MRF. Alumni can donate money to support future Mandela Rhodes Scholars. You can help us attract applicants from across the African continent by promoting the scholarship on your campus or through your networks. You can become a mentor to a scholar in residence, or advise the second-year students on their group projects. You can support the programme by offering your expertise as a speaker at a workshop or a pod. We also invite alumni to help the Foundation review applications for the scholarship, because we believe that alumni have a deep understanding of the type of candidate we are looking for.

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