[APPLY NOW] MINDS Scholarship Programme for Leadership Development 2022

The Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) is calling for application into the MINDS Scholarship Programme 2022. Scholarships are available to students who have a strong desire to study on the African continent outside of their native country, and who have a demonstrated potential to lead and an exceptional academic record.

About MINDS Scholarship Programme 2022

The Scholarship Programme enables African students to study in an African country other than their home country, allowing them to become immersed in the richness and diversity that the country and its communities have to offer, as well as the opportunities for international exchange. We believe that by making education more widely available, we can create a community of like-minded leaders who will work together to improve Africa’s overall performance and make real progress in the world. A more connected African economy of global size will accelerate growth, promote good outcomes, and benefit all of its citizens.

How It Works 
MINDS’ offers scholarships to Africans who wish to pursue post-graduate studies within Africa, outside of their own countries. Through tailored leadership development activities, the MINDS Scholarship Programme aims to nurture leaders who have a continental development mindset; leaders who will facilitate greater cohesion and cooperation between African countries.

MINDS Scholarships are applicable to full-time studies of a one or two-year Honors or Master’s degree at one of the MINDS preferred institutions (listed below). MINDS does not prescribe the course to be studied.

Host Organization: The Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS)
Study Country: SElected African Country
Scholarship Category: Masters’ degree
Eligible Country: Africans
Application Deadline: Not Specified

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Scholarship Benefits

According to whether you receive a partial or a full scholarship, the following costs will be covered by the scholarship:

  • Tuition Fee
  • Living expenses, and food
  • Each student is allowed one return ticket for the duration of their study.
  • A fixed monthly stipend.


MINDS Scholarships are awarded to meritorious applicants following a rigorous selection process. A MINDS Scholarship applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a citizen of an African country and live in any African country.
  • Have been officially accepted by one or more MINDS recommended institutions outside of your place of citizenship or residence.
  • Accepted by one or more MINDS-chosen institutions to study for a postgraduate degree in the next year.
  • At least 70% in each subject/course in the last two years of study.
  • Produce evidence of demonstrated leadership qualities or potential based on the application form’s inquiries.
  • Make sure you fill out and submit the form below, as well as all the necessary supporting paperwork.

List of Preferred Institutions

To be eligible to receive a MINDS Scholarship, an applicant must have been accepted to study at one of the following institutions:

– African Leadership University, Rwanda
– Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda, Rwanda
– Makerere University, Uganda
– Strathmore University, Kenya

– African Leadership University, Mauritius
– University of Cape Town, South Africa
– University of Mauritius, Mauritius
– University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

– Al Akhawayn University, Morocco
– Université Cadi Ayyad, Morocco
– Université Mohammed V, Morocco

– Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Ghana
– Pan-Atlantic University (Lagos Business School), Nigeria
– University of Development Studies, Ghana

Required Documents

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

How to Apply

Applicants are advised to read up on all the terms and conditions before applying for the scholarship programme. You can visit the official MINDS scholarship page for more information. Click the ‘APPLY NOW’ button below to download.


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