Deadline: April 18, 2017
The central purpose of The Mandela Rhodes Foundation is to build exceptional leadership capacity in Africa (whilst also seeking to foster better reconciliation and entrepreneurship) through its various programmes and, to this end, aims to be the leading protagonist in Africa for such endeavours.
The Mandela Rhodes programmes will develop leadership and vocational capacity across African society, to help the continent achieve success and prosperity and full equal participation in the global world.
Overview of the Scholarship
The Mandela Rhodes Scholarships programme is a combination of financial support for postgraduate studies and a high quality leadership development programme, with the intention of building exceptional leadership capacity in Africa.
A. Financial scope of the scholarship
The Scholarship covers the cost of a Scholar as follows:
- Tuition and registration fees as set by the institution;
- A study materials allowance as set by the MRF;
- Accommodation and meal allowances as set by the MRF;
- A medical aid allowance as set by the MRF;
- Economy-class travel allowance for international Scholars only from the Scholar’s home to their institution at the beginning and back home at the end of their degree programme;
- Personal allowance.
B. Leadership development programme
The leadership development programme is made up of the following three components.
- Three residential workshops;
- Three regional group pods;
- The Scholarship is open to citizens of all African countries
- The Scholarship is for postgraduate study at South African universities or tertiary institutions
- Full funding is for Honours (maximum one year) or Masters (up to a maximum of two years) or their equivalents (MBA’s excluded)
- Any individual who will be between the ages of 19 and 30 years at the time of taking up the Scholarship may apply
- Applicants must possess a first degree or its equivalent or must be in the process of completing one by 31 January 2018
- Applicants should have a history of well above average academic results
- Individuals that reflect in their character a commitment to the four principles of Education, Reconciliation, Leadership and Entrepreneurship
- Applicants must be able to attend all compulsory elements of our leadership development programme. These activities can occur during the week or on weekends.
- The Scholarship cannot be deferred once awarded. It must be taken up in the year which was applied for.
PLEASE NOTE: If you qualify for the Scholarship, The Mandela Rhodes Foundation does not apply to tertiary institutions on your behalf. Applicants must apply separately to their chosen tertiary institution for the degree they wish to undertake. The Scholarship award is conditional on the applicant being offered a place at the relevant institution.
The applications and selections process:
All applicants apply online via the Embark application system.
Round 1: Applications reviewed by South African tertiary institutions and the Mandela Rhodes Foundation. By end June 2017, all applicants to be informed by tertiary institutions and the MRF whether or not their application is through to the next stage.
Round 2: Reviews by the MRF. By the end of July 2017, remaining applicants to be informed by the MRF whether or not their application is through to the next stage.
Round 3: Reviews by the MRF. By end of September 2017, remaining applicants to be informed by the MRF whether or not their application is through to the next stage.
Final round: Panel interviews with Selection Committees in October. By end of November 2017, panel interviewed applicants to be informed by the MRF whether or not they have been selected as Mandela Rhodes Scholars.
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