MINDS Scholarship Programme 2023 for Africans

The MINDS Scholarship Programme for Leadership Development in Africa was launched successfully in 2017 to achieve our goal of developing young leaders with a continental development mindset and leaders who can promote increased cooperation among African nations.

Host: Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS)
Open to: Africans
Target: Postgraduates
Deadline: not specified

The MINDS Scholarship programme offers African students the opportunity to study abroad in an African nation other than their own, immersing themselves in the wealth and diversity of the continent and its people.

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The MINDS Scholarship Programme seeks to develop leaders with a perspective on continental development, leaders who will promote greater unity and cooperation among African nations. Therefore, Africans who wish to pursue postgraduate studies in Africa, outside their home countries can apply for a full-time study 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.

MINDS preferred institutions

African Leadership University, Al Akhawayn University, Carnegie Mellon University, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Makerere University, Pan-Atlantic University (Lagos Business School), Strathmore University, University of Cape Town, University of Development Studies, University of Mauritius, University of Witwatersrand (Wits), Université Cadi Ayyad, Université Mohammed V

Eligibility Criteria| MINDS Scholarship Programme
  • The MINDS Scholarship is for African nationals 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.

Applicants must have to be accepted to study in one of the following institutions to be considered for the MINDS


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


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


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


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

The MINDS 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.

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Application Procedure

Applicants interested in the MINDS scholarship can click the button below to apply

Applicants must ensure to provide the following documents during the application

N.B All documents uploaded must be in PDF format. Each attachment should not exceed 2MB in size.

  • 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 to 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.

For more info, visit MINDS Scholarship Programme

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