The Mandela Institute development studies (MINDS) Pan African Scholarship 2022 for

 Leadership Development (fully funded)

The MINDS Scholarship Programme for Leadership Development in Africa was launched successfully in 2017, bringing our aim of producing young leaders with a continent-wide development perspective and leaders who can encourage increased cooperation between African countries closer to reality.

The Scholarship Program allows African students to study in a country other than their own and therefore immerse themselves in the richness and diversity that the country and its people have to offer. We envisage an extension of openness to ideas and the formation of a network of like-minded leaders as a result of expanding educational access, which will assist support our continent’s performance and tangible growth. There is little doubt that a more globalized African economy will speed growth, produce beneficial outcomes, and benefit all of the continent’s populations.

Eligibility Criteria

MINDS Scholarships are awarded to meritorious applicants following a rigorous selection process.  To be considered for a MINDS Scholarship, you must:

  • Be a national of an African country, residing in any African country
  • Have been formally accepted by one or more MINDS preferred institution/s outside of your country of citizenship and/ or residency
  • 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.


MINDS provide scholarships to Africans who want to continue post-graduate courses in Africa but not in their home nations. The MINDS Scholarship Program aspires to cultivate leaders with a continental development perspective, leaders who will facilitate greater integration and collaboration across African countries, through targeted leadership development activities.

Full-time studies for a one- or two-year Honors or Master’s degree at one of the MINDS recommended universities are eligible for MINDS Scholarships (listed below). The course to be studied is not prescribed by MINDS.

Depending on whether a partial or full scholarship is awarded, the Scholarship will cover some or all of the following expenses:

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

 Individuals with a Pan-African perspective, established leadership skills, and a strong academic record who aspire to    study on the African continent outside of their native country are encouraged to apply.

Applying for a MINDS Scholarship

MINDS is now accepting applications from students who started their studies in the 2018/2019 academic year. Individuals who are interested in applying should do so as soon as they acquire official acceptance from a MINDS recommended university where they desire to study. In the order in which they are received, applications will be processed.

If you match the requirements listed above, please submit your application using the link below. Please scan, save, and prepare the following documents for upload. All papers must be in PDF format to be uploaded. Each attachment should not be larger than 2MB.

A copy of your passport’s data/bio page.

The last two years of academic transcripts/results slips must be validated.

A copy of the university’s official acceptance letter. The letter must include the following information: It must be addressed to the applicant.

Indicate the degree the candidate has been accepted to pursue.

Indicate the academic year in which your degree will begin.

Indicate how long the course will last (e.g. one year).

Proof of application OR a copy of a valid study permit or visa. (Optional)

A comprehensive CV/Resume of no more than four (4) single-sided pages is required. Two reference letters (no more than three pages each) addressing the applicant’s shown integrity, ability and/or potential as a leader, and commitment to the African continent’s development.

List of Preferred Institutions:

An applicant must have been accepted to study at one of the following institutions to be eligible for a MINDS Scholarship:


  • 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
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