The Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) Pan-African Scholarship 2019 for Leadership Development Program (Fully Funded)

Date limite de candidature: en cours

La MINDS Scholarship Programme for Leadership Development in Africa was successfully launched in 2017, bringing to realisation our vision of developing young leaders who have a continent-wide development mindset and leaders who can facilitate greater cooperation between African countries.

The MINDS Scholarship Programme enables African students to study in an African country other than their home country and in this way immerse themselves in richness and diversity that the country and its communities has to offer. By broadening access to education, we see the expansion of openness to ideas and the creation of a network of like-minded leaders who will help promote the performance and tangible progress of our continent. There is no doubt that a more integrated African economy of global scale will accelerate growth, generate positive outcomes and benefit all its communities.

Critère d'éligibilité

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
  • Soumettez un formulaire de demande en ligne complet (voir ci-dessous) avec la documentation à l'appui requise.

List of Preferred Institutions:

To be eligible to receive a MINDS Scholarship, an applicant must have been accepted to study at one of the following institutions:


  • Université africaine du leadership, Rwanda
  • Université Carnegie Mellon au Rwanda, Rwanda
  • Université Makerere, Ouganda
  • Université Strathmore, Kenya


  • African Leadership University, Maurice
  • Université de Cape Town, Afrique du Sud
  • Université de Maurice, Maurice
  • University of Witwatersrand, South Africa


  • Université Al Akhawayn, Maroc
  • Université Cadi Ayyad, Maroc
  • Université Mohammed V, Maroc


  • Université des sciences et technologies Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana
  • Pan-Atlantic University (Lagos Business School), Nigeria
  • University of Development Studies, Ghana

MINDS’ offers scholarships to Africans who wish to pursue post-graduate studies within Africa, outside of their own countries. Through tailored leadership development activities, the MINDS Programme de bourses d'études vise à nourrir les leaders qui ont une mentalité de développement continental; des dirigeants qui faciliteront une plus grande cohésion et coopération entre les pays africains.

MINDS Scholarships are applicable to full-time studies of a one or two-year Honors or Master’s degree at one of the MINDS preferred institutions (listed below). MINDS does not prescribe the course to be studied.

The Scholarship will cover some or all of the expenses below, depending on whether a partial or full scholarship is awarded:

  • Cours
  • Hébergement et repas
  • One return ticket per duration of studies
  • Une allocation fixe.

Les personnes ayant une perspective panafricaine, une capacité de leadership démontrée et un excellent dossier académique qui souhaitent étudier sur le continent africain, en dehors de leur pays d'origine sont invités à postuler pour les bourses d'études.


Besides the general scholarships, MINDS is also offering the following specific ones with special criteria determined by our funding partners:


The scholarships are only for South African students to study at any of the MINDS preferred universities outside South Africa. The scholarships are not specific to a field of study.

Old Mutual

The scholarships are for students from any African country to study actuarial sciences, business sciences and accounting, IT and developmental finance in South African, Kenyan and Nigerian institutions on the MINDS preferred universities list.

Diamond Empowerment Fund

The scholarships will fund African post-graduate study at the University of Witwatersrand in a highly skilled discipline of study e.g. engineering, biotechnology, aerospace, nanotechnology, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, ICT law, mining taxation. Candidates must be from an African diamond mining country.

Gouvernement du Rwanda

The scholarships are for students from Rwanda to study at any of the universities on the MINDS preferred list but outside Rwanda. The scholarships are not specific to a field of study.

Procédure de demande

Applications will be processed in the order they are received.

If you meet the eligibility criteria above, you can submit your application by clicking on the link below. Please have the following documents scanned, saved and ready for uploading. All documents uploaded must be in PDF format. Each attachment should not exceed 2MB in size.

  • Une copie de la page de données / bio de votre passeport.
  • Un relevé de notes / relevés de notes académiques certifiés des deux dernières années d'études.
  • Une copie de la lettre d'acceptation officielle de l'université. La lettre doit:
    • Être adressé au demandeur.
    • Indiquer le degré auquel le candidat a été accepté pour étudier.
    • Indiquez l'année académique à laquelle le diplôme débutera.
    • Indiquez la durée du cours (par exemple, un an).
  • Une copie d'un permis d'études valide ou d'un visa OU une preuve d'application. (Optionnel)
  • Un CV / CV détaillé de pas plus de quatre (4) pages recto.
  • Deux lettres de référence (pas plus de 3 pages chacune) traitant de la démonstration de l'intégrité du candidat, de sa compétence et / ou de son potentiel en tant que leader et de son engagement pour le développement du continent africain.

Pour plus d'informations:

Visit the Official Webpage of the The Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) Pan-African Scholarship 2019


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  2. […] The Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) has partnered with the Diamond Empowerment Fund (DEF) to establish the first in a series of Diamond Empowerment Fund Scholarships. The Fund was inspired by Nelson Mandela who encouraged DEF’s co-founders to tell the world the positive impact Africa’s diamonds were having in building healthy and educated communities on the continent. […]

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