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2024 MINDS Scholarship Program | Fully Funded



The MINDS Scholarship Program for Leadership Development in Africa, launched in 2017 by the Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS), aims to develop young leaders with a continent-wide development mindset. This initiative fosters cooperation between African countries by providing opportunities for African students to pursue postgraduate studies in a different African country, allowing them to immerse themselves in each nation’s richness and diversity.

 

MINDS Scholarship Summary

The MINDS Scholarship Program encompasses postgraduate scholarships, masters scholarships, and fellowships, offering a full scholarship that covers tuition, accommodation, monthly stipends, and airfare tickets. This program is open to all African countries, encouraging the development of leaders who will contribute to the cohesion and cooperation among African nations.

 

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Eligible Institutions

To be eligible for a MINDS Scholarship, applicants must have already received acceptance to study at one of the following institutions:

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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
  • Universit√© Cadi Ayyad, Morocco
  • Universit√© Mohammed V, Morocco

West Africa

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

 

Eligibility Requirements

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 institutions outside their country of citizenship or residency.
  • Have been formally accepted to pursue postgraduate studies within the following year.
  • Have obtained at least 70% in each subject or course in the last two years of study.
  • Demonstrate leadership abilities as outlined in the application form.
  • Submit a complete online application form with the required supporting documentation.

 

Benefits of the 2024 MINDS Scholarship

The scholarship covers tuition, accommodation, meals, one return ticket per duration of studies, and a fixed stipend. The extent of coverage depends on whether a partial or full scholarship is awarded.

 

Required Documents

Applicants must submit the following documents in PDF format, each not exceeding 2MB:

  • Copy of the passport’s data/bio page.
  • Certified academic transcript/results slip of the last two years of study.
  • The university’s official acceptance letter states the degree, academic year, and course duration.
  • Copy of a valid study permit or visa (optional).
  • Detailed CV or resume (not more than four single-sided pages).
  • Two reference letters (not more than 3 pages each) addressing integrity, competency, potential as a leader, and commitment to African continent development.

 

How to Apply

Interested and qualified applicants should CLICK HERE TO APPLY and proceed to the application page.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: Who is eligible for the scholarship?

A1: The MINDS Scholarship is open to nationals of African countries residing in any African country. Applicants must meet specific academic and leadership criteria outlined in the application form.

Q2: What expenses does the MINDS Scholarship cover?

A2: The MINDS Scholarship may cover tuition, accommodation, meals, one return ticket per duration of studies, and a fixed stipend, depending on whether a partial or full scholarship is awarded.

Q3: How can I receive updates on MINDS scholarship opportunities?

A3: Stay informed about MINDS scholarship opportunities by following our social media channels: WhatsApp, and Facebook.

 

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Mbah Chinedu

Mbah Chinedu E. is an Educational Review Board Advisor at 9jaedublog, where he helps review content featured on the site. Chinedu is a college access professional with a decade of experience in non-profit program and project management for college readiness and access organizations.

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