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MINDS Scholarship Programme 2023/2024 Portal

This is to inform the general public that the application for MINDS Scholarship Programme 2023/2024 Portal is currently ongoing for all eligible applicant. The basic requirements and procedures to access the link is updated below.

All eligible applicant who may wish to apply for MINDS Scholarship Programme 2023/2024 Portal should read up more on the process and requirement to apply.

How to Apply for MINDS Scholarship Programme

Requirements for MINDS Scholarship Programme Qualification

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
  • Submit a complete online application form (see below) with the required supporting documentation.

Benefits of MINDS Scholarship Programme

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

Accommodation and meals
One return ticket per duration of studies
A fixed stipend.

About Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS)

The Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) is an Africa-wide think tank which provides an inclusive platform for dialogue, information dissemination and networking. Our programmes are underpinned by rigorous research into all aspects of African Heritage, in order to shape policy and practice on critical issues of governance, integrated economic development and the evolution of African institutions.

Through our programmes we seek to address the short, medium, and long-term developmental challenges facing Africa in a holistic and comprehensive manner.


Interview date, Process and Venue for MINDS Scholarship Programme
Selection Criteria

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

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

Documents Required for Application

  • 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 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 MINDS Scholarship Programme

All Interested and qualified? Go to Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) on scholarship.minds-africa.org to apply

Application Deadline

11 July, 2023

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