Mandela Rhodes Foundation Scholarship Application Form 2025/2026

Mandela Rhodes Foundation Scholarship Bursary 2025 for South Africans | How to apply for the Mandela Rhodes Foundation Scholarship program online, application form pdf download, requirements, eligibility, and bursary application closing date 2025/2026.

Mandela Rhodes Foundation Scholarship Bursary Application Details 2025/2026

The Mandela Rhodes Foundation initiated back in 2002, with the vision of establishing leadership capability in Africa through diverse programmes such as education and training opportunities as well as building a support network. The foundation is a combination of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela’s and Cecil John Rhodes’ Education and Entrepreneurship legacy.


The Mandela Rhodes Foundation is now inviting qualified individuals to apply for the Mandela Rhodes scholarships programme. The MRF scholarships programme provides financial support for postgraduate studies as well as a leadership development programme which aims to strengthen leadership skills in Africa.

This scholarship is for Honours (maximum one year) or Masters (up to a maximum of two years) or their equivalents (MBA’s excluded). The Scholarship must be taken up for the study it was applied for within a year cannot be postponed once awarded.


The Scholarship covers the tuition and registration fees as set by the institution, study materials allowance, accommodation and meal allowances and medical aid allowance which are all set by the MRF, economy-class travel allowance for international Scholars (only the fare from the Scholar’s home to their institution at the beginning and end of their degree) and a personal allowance.

The MRF leadership development programme is made up of the three components such as residential workshops, regional group pods and mentoring. Three residential workshops will be held by the Foundation of about five days each which will involve four principles of the MRF: Leadership, Reconciliation, Entrepreneurship and Education. These workshops will provide the opportunity for the scholars to interact with leaders and expert thinkers as well as create a sense of association and connection within the foundation and the broader Mandela Rhodes Community.

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Group pods are regional gatherings that intend to develop stronger local support networks, improve learning and enhance scholars’ residential experience. Mentoring is a voluntary programme by the Foundation with the goal of giving scholars one-on-one reflection, advice and growth, organize intergenerational networks among MRF scholars as well as serve as a way of giving back to the Foundation by the MRF scholars alumni. All these workshops and activities are required for all scholars.

Kindly check the Mandela Rhodes Foundation terms and conditions for further information and reference about the scholarship program.


Mandela Rhodes Foundation Scholarship Requirements and Eligibility

  • Citizens from all the countries of the African continent
  • Postgraduate students at South African universities or tertiary institutions
  • Between the ages of 19 and 30 years old
  • Possession of a first degree or equivalent or must be in the process of completing one by January 2023
  • Above-average academic records
  • Attendance to all compulsory elements of MRF’s leadership development programme which may occur during the week or on weekends.

Note: Application to the chosen tertiary institution or university is the responsibility of the applicants and not of the MRF’s.

How to Apply and Application Details

All applicants must apply online via the embark application system.

The application process will involve qualifying rounds by the end of June, July, August and October. Shortlisted applicants will be informed and interviewed on the final round where the final selection of candidates as Mandela Rhodes Scholars will take place.

Contact Details

Coralie Valentyn
Programme Associate
Tel: 021 424 3346

Make sure to read every detail of your Bursary contract. Not every company offers the same rewards and some companies will ask you to work for them as long as you have held the bursary.

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