MINDS Scholarship Program for Leadership Development 2022 (Fully-funded)

The Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) Scholarship Program for Leadership Development 2022 is now accepting applications.

MINDS Scholarship Program

In 2017, MIND’s aim of training young leaders with a continent-wide development perspective and leaders who can encourage increased collaboration between African nations was realized with the creation of the MINDS Scholarship Program.

The Scholarship Program allows African students to study in an African nation other than their native country, allowing them to immerse themselves in the country’s and communities’ richness and variety. They believe that expanding access to education would increase receptivity to ideas and the formation of a network of like-minded leaders who will aid in the promotion of our continent’s performance and concrete development. There is little question that a more globalized African economy would speed development, provide beneficial results, and benefit all of the continent’s populations.


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

  • Tuition
  • Accommodation and food are included.
  • For the length of your studies, you will only need one return ticket.
  • A fixed stipend.

Requirements for the MINDS Scholarship Program

  • Be a citizen of an African country who lives in another African country;
  • Have received official acceptance from one or more MINDS recommended institution(s) outside of your country of citizenship and/or resident;
  • Have received official acceptance from one or more MINDS approved institutions to undertake postgraduate studies in the next year;
  • In the past two years of studies, you must have received at least 70% in each subject/course;
  • Produce proof of proven leadership talents or potential in accordance with the application form’s questions/requirements;
  • Fill out the online application form completely and attach any relevant documents.

List of Preferred Institutions

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

East Africa

  • African Leadership University, Rwanda
  • Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda, Rwanda
  • Makerere University, Uganda
  • Strathmore University, Kenya

Southern Africa

  • African Leadership University, Mauritius
  • University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • University of Mauritius, Mauritius
  • University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

North Africa

  • Al Akhawayn University, Morocco
  • Université Cadi Ayyad, Morocco
  • Université Mohammed V, Morocco

West Africa

  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Ghana
  • Pan-Atlantic University (Lagos Business School), Nigeria
  • University of Development Studies, Ghana

How to Apply for the MINDS Scholarship Program

  • Applicants must have scanned, stored, and ready-to-upload copies of the following papers. All papers must be in PDF format to be submitted. Each attachment should not be larger than 2MB.
  • A copy of your passport’s data/bio page.
  • The past 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:
  • Address the letter to the applicant.
  • Indicate the degree the candidate has been approved 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 dedication to the African continent’s development.

To apply, go to this link.

Deadline: Unspecified

Visit MINDS Scholarship for more details.

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