Mandela Rhodes Foundation Scholarship South Africa 2021 – 2022
ABOUT THE COMPANY – THE MANDELA RHODES FOUNDATION
The Mandela Rhodes Foundation was founded in 2002 with the goal of developing the leadership capacity in Africa, by way of its programmes, as well as aiming to become the African leader in its intent. The foundations rely on 4 major principles – Education, Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Reconciliation
ABOUT THE BURSARY PROGRAMME
The Mandela Rhodes Scholarship programme, administered by the Mandela Rhodes Foundation, is named after 2 men – Nelson Mandela and Cecil Rhodes. The scholarship comprises 2 parts – financial funding for postgraduate studies and a leadership development programme.
The funding component is for postgraduate studies at a South African tertiary institution, whereby students will receive full funding (Honours students for a maximum duration of 1 year and Masters students for a maximum duration of 2 years).
The leadership development programme component aims to develop the leadership capacity in Africa and is made up of 3 components (mentoring, 3 regional group pods and 3 residential workshops).
MORE ABOUT THE BURSARY PROGRAMME – COVERAGE VALUE & SELECTION PROCESS
The scholarship provides coverage for the following expenses: registration fees and tuition fees, as well as an allowance for meals, accommodation, study materials, medical aid, personal allowance and an allowance for economy-class travel for international students (from their home to the institution at the start and end of their studies).
The scholarship selection process will include the following steps:
1) Applications will be reviewed by the Mandela Rhodes Foundation and by South African tertiary institutions. Students will receive feedback on whether their applications will proceed to the following stage by 30 June 2018.
2) Applications will be reviewed by selected Mandela Rhodes Foundation staff. Students will receive feedback on whether their applications will proceed to the following stage by 31 July 2018.
3) Applications will be reviewed again by selected Mandela Rhodes Foundation staff. Students will receive feedback on whether their applications will proceed to the following stage by 31 August 2018.
4) Panel interviews will be conducted with shortlisted candidates and the selection committees during October.
5) Students who attended panel interviews will receive feedback on whether their applications have been selected by 31 October 2018.
Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying (please note that failure to satisfy all the requirements will lead to your application not being considered):
- Must be a South African citizen OR a citizen of any other African country
- Must be willing to travel to South Africa to study (if residing in another African country)
- Must be between 19 and 29 years old (and must be under the age of 30 at the time you take up the scholarship: 1 January 2022)
- Must have completed an undergraduate degree qualification OR be in the final year of your undergraduate degree studies
- Must have achieved a minimum overall average of 70% in your Degree qualification
- Must intend on studying towards a Postgraduate qualification (Honours degree or Masters degree only – MBA studies are NOT covered)
- Must study at a recognised institution of higher education in South Africa
- Must have strong leadership skills and have been in a position of leadership
- Must have made an impact on your campus or community
- Must show potential to embody the MRF’s founding principles (education, leadership, entrepreneurship, reconciliation)
- Must have SAQA verification of your qualifications if you are shortlisted, not required for initial scholarship application (see if your qualification is SAQA verified, visit http://www.saqa.org.za
HOW TO APPLY FOR THE MRF SCHOLARSHIP
Students who meet the eligibility criteria may apply online at https://www.mandelarhodes.org/scholarship/apply/
Submit clear copies of the following supporting documentation along with your completed application form (the submission of these documents is compulsory – if any items are missing, your application be disregarded):
- South African ID document (certified copy)
- Passport, if not an SA citizen
- Degree certificate
- Transcripts of your academic results
- Details of your proposed course of study (university application is not required, but it is recommended that you apply to more than 1 university ASAP)
- 3 recommendation letters (from people who know you and your character well) (recommenders must submit their letters via the application platform before you can submit your full application)
- 2 short essays (1 about your own personal journey, and 1 on a specific question regarding MRF principles)
Please note the following selection process and dates:
1) Applications open on 23 March 2021.
2) Applications close on 20 April 2021.
3) Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by the end of June 2021 and moved on to round 2.
4) Further shortlisted candidates will be contacted by the end of July 2021 and moved on to round 3.
5) All candidates will be contacted by the end of August 2021 to inform them if they have been unsuccessful or been invited for an interview in the final round.
6) Students will be invited to attend a virtual interview and will be notified by the end of October 2021 if they have been selected to receive a scholarship.
* Selected Mandela Rhodes Scholars must then secure a placement at university between October and December 2021, and a study visa if from outside of South Africa.
20 April 2021.
(Applications submitted after this date will not be accepted – please apply before the closing date to ensure your application is considered.)
CONTACT THE MRF SCHOLARSHIP PROVIDER
For any queries related to this scholarship programme, please contact the Mandela Rhodes Foundation directly:
Please be sure to read the Frequently Asked Questions and Answers before submitting any queries.
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