MINDS Scholarship Program for Leadership Development 2022

MINDS Scholarship Program for Leadership Development 2022 (Fully-funded)

MINDS Scholarship Program for Leadership Development 2022 (Fully-funded)

The Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) Scholarship Program for Leadership Development 2022 is now accepting applications. In 2017, MIND’s aim of training young leaders with a continent-wide development perspective and leaders who can encourage increased cooperation between African countries was realized with the creation of the MINDS Scholarship Program.

The Scholarship Program allows African students to study in an African country other than their native country, allowing them to immerse themselves in the country’s and communities’ richness and diversity. They believe that expanding access to education will increase openness to ideas and the formation of a network of like-minded leaders who will aid in the promotion of our continent’s performance and tangible progress. There is no doubt about that a more integrated African economy of global scale will accelerate growth, generate positive outcomes and benefit all its communities.


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.


  • 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 with the required supporting documentation.

List of Preferred Institutions

An applicant must have been accepted to study at one of the following institutions to be eligible for a MINDS Scholarship:

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

MINDS Scholarship Program for Leadership Development 2022

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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


Applicants must 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.

  • 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.

For more information visit the official webpage:

MINDS Scholarship Program for Leadership Development 2022

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