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Apply Now: 2024 MINDS Scholarship Program

The inception of the MINDS Scholarship Program for Leadership Development in Africa took place in 2017, marking the successful realization of our vision. 

This program is designed to cultivate young leaders with a continent-wide development mindset, fostering the ability to facilitate increased cooperation among African countries.

The Scholarship Program provides African students with the opportunity to pursue their studies in a country different from their own, allowing them to fully engage in the richness and diversity that the host country and its communities have to offer.

MINDS Scholarship Overview

  • Host: Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS)  
  • Category: Masters Scholarships |  Fellowships
  • Eligible Country: All African Countries
  • Reward: Full Scholarship | Accommodation | Monthly Stipends | Airfare Ticket
  • Deadline: Not Specified
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MINDS Scholarship Details

The MINDS Scholarships provide opportunities for Africans seeking to pursue post-graduate studies within Africa, but in countries other than their own. By incorporating customized leadership development activities, the MINDS Scholarship Programme seeks to cultivate leaders with a continental development mindset. These leaders are envisioned to play a pivotal role in fostering increased cohesion and cooperation among African countries.

Through this scholarship program, we aim to create a cadre of leaders equipped not only with academic excellence but also with a deep understanding of the diverse challenges and opportunities across the African continent. As scholars engage in post-graduate studies in various fields, they are encouraged to immerse themselves in the cultural, social, and economic contexts of their host countries.

Beyond academic pursuits, the MINDS Scholarship Programme integrates tailored leadership development activities. These activities are designed to hone critical skills such as effective communication, strategic thinking, and collaborative problem-solving—attributes essential for leadership in the complex and interconnected landscape of Africa’s development.

Our vision extends beyond individual academic achievements; we strive to nurture a network of forward-thinking leaders who can drive positive change at both local and continental levels. The emphasis on fostering a continental development mindset is crucial, as it encourages scholars to consider the broader impact of their work and contributions, transcending national borders.

The ultimate goal is to empower MINDS scholars to become catalysts for greater cohesion and cooperation between African countries. By fostering a sense of interconnectedness and shared responsibility, the program aims to contribute to the collective efforts of advancing sustainable development, peace, and prosperity across the African continent.

As we witness the journeys of MINDS scholars unfold, we are inspired by the prospect of seeing a new generation of leaders emerge—individuals who are not only academically proficient but also deeply committed to the collaborative and holistic development of Africa. The MINDS Scholarship Programme stands as a testament to our dedication to nurturing transformative leadership that transcends geographical boundaries for the greater advancement of our continent.

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

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

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Requirement for MINDS Scholarship

To be considered for a MINDS Scholarship, applicants 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
  • Submit a complete online application form (see below) with the required supporting documentation.

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Benefits of MINDS Scholarship

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.

Required Documents for the 2024 MINDS Scholarship

To apply for the MINDS Scholarship, the following documents must be submitted on the application page. Each attachment should not exceed 2MB in size and must be in PDF format:

  • A copy of the data/ bio page of your passport.
  • A certified academic transcript/ results slip of the last two years of study.
  • A copy of the official acceptance letter from the university. The letter must:
    • Be addressed to the applicant.
    • State the degree which the applicant has been accepted to study.
    • State the academic year at which the degree will commence.
    • State the duration of the course (e.g. one year).
  • A copy of a valid study permit or visa OR proof of application. (Optional)
  • A detailed CV/ Resume of not more than four (4) single sided pages.
  • Two reference letters (of not more than 3 pages each) addressing the applicant’s demonstration of integrity, their competency and/or potential as a leader and their commitment to the development of the African continent.

How to Apply for the 2024 MINDS Scholarship

To apply for the MINDS Scholarship, interested and qualified applicants should use the “CLICK HERE TO APPLY” button to proceed to the application page.

Deadline: Not Specified

A Quick Guide to Applying for Scholarships

Applying for a scholarship involves a systematic and strategic approach. Here’s a step-by-step guide to streamline the application process:

Research and Identify Scholarships

In the vast landscape of scholarships, cast a wide net during your research phase. Explore online scholarship databases such as Fastweb, Scholarship.com, and College Board. Additionally, delve into specific scholarship opportunities offered by universities, governmental bodies, non-profit organizations, and corporate foundations. Keep an eye out for both merit-based and need-based scholarships.

Check Eligibility Criteria

Pay meticulous attention to the eligibility criteria set by each scholarship. This includes academic requirements, citizenship status, intended field of study, and any unique criteria established by the scholarship provider. Ensure that you meet all the specified conditions before investing time and effort into the application.

Gather Required Documents

Organize a comprehensive portfolio of documents to streamline the application process. Academic transcripts, standardized test scores, letters of recommendation, and proof of extracurricular achievements should be readily available. Maintain digital copies for easy submission and keep physical copies for reference.

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