Scholarship Program for Leadership Development at the Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS)

The Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) is offering Pan-African Scholarship Program for Leadership Development in South Africa. These scholarships are available to pursue full-time studies of a one or two-year Honours or Master’s degree at one of the MINDS preferred institutions.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.

Title: Scholarship Program for Leadership Development


  • The Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) is a continental institute that seeks to address the short, medium, and long-term development challenges in Africa in a holistic and comprehensive manner.

Scholarship Award 
The scholarship will cover some or all of the expenses below, depending on whether a partial or full scholarship is awarded:

  • 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 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.

Students from Africa(Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia and  Zimbabwe) are eligible to apply for these scholarships.


  • Students must have obtained at least 70% in each subject/ course in the last two completed years of study.
  • Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.

Closing Date

  • Scholarship is open for the year 2017.

Method of Application 

  • 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.
  1. A copy of the data/ bio page of your passport.
  2. A certified academic transcript/ results slip of the last two years of study.
  3. A copy of the official acceptance letter from the university. The letter must:
  4. Be addressed to the applicant.
  5. State the degree which the applicant has been accepted to study.
  6. State the academic year at which the degree will commence.
  7. State the duration of the course (e.g. one year).
  8. A copy of a valid study permit or visa OR proof of application.
  9. A detailed CV/ Resume of not more than four (4) single sided pages.
  10. 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.

Application Form

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