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Mandela Institute For Development Studies (MINDS) Scholarship Program For Leadership Development 2025 For African Students


MINDS is currently receiving applications from students who commence their studies in 2023/2024. Interested individuals are invited to submit applications as soon as they receive official acceptance from a MINDS preferred university where they wish to study. Applications will be processed in the order they are received.

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.


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.


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 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.

Deadline: Ongoing

Click here for more details.


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