Mandela Institute of Development Studies Scholarships

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Bursary Details

The Mandela Institute of Development Studies (MINDS) has launched a special scholarship to fund South African students for full-time honours and master’s degrees in another Sub-Saharan African country as part of its Scholarship Programme.

The programme is underpinned by the belief that the creation of a network of like-minded leaders will result in a more integrated Africa, accelerating growth and generating positive outcomes and benefit all its communities.

MINDS does not prescribe the course to be studied.

The Scholarship will cover some or all of the expenses during studies, depending on whether a partial or full scholarship is awarded. The scholarship is worth a maximum of 000 per annum.

Individuals with a Pan-African outlook, demonstrated leadership ability and an excellent academic record who wish to study on the African continent, outside their home country are invited to apply for the scholarships.

Degree Level

  • Honours and Master’s Degrees.

Candidate Requirements


Rolling basis - deadlines for certain regions in Africa vary, MINDS awards scholarships on a first come first served basis.

Who can apply

To qualify, you must:

  • Be from South Africa.
  • Have an undergraduate degree with excellent results.
  • Be applying to study in an African university outside of South Africa.
  • 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.


Bursary Inclusion

Scholarship benefits depend on whether a partial or full scholarship is awarded.

The value of the scholarship is a maximum of 000 per annum.

Generally, the following is covered by the scholarship:

  • Tuition;
  • Accommodation;
  • One return ticket per duration of studies; and
  • A fixed stipend.

How to Apply

Fields of Study

All fields of study are considered.

 Application Process

Submit a complete online application form here:

Field of Study: Any Field of Study

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