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Scholarship Program for Leadership Development


MINDS offers scholarships to Africans who wish to pursue post-graduate studies within Africa, outside of their own countries. Through tailored leadership development activities, the MINDS Scholarship Program aims to nurture leaders who have a continental development mindset; leaders who will facilitate greater cohesion and cooperation between African countries. 

MINDS scholarships are applicable to full-time studies 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.  

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.
Individuals with a Pan-African outlook, demonstrated leadership ability and an excellent academic record who wish to study on the African continent, outside their home country are invited to apply for the scholarships.  




Eligibility Criteria

MINDS scholarships are awarded to meritorious applicants following a rigorous selection process.  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 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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List of Preferred Institutions

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


Applying for a MINDS Scholarship

MINDS is currently receiving applications from students who commence their studies in 2017. Interested individuals are invited to submit applications as soon as they receive official acceptance from a MINDS preferred university at which they wish to study. Applications will be processed in the order they are received.

If you meet the eligibility criteria above, you can submit your application by clicking on the link below. Please 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.        

Click here to submit an application for a MINDS Scholarship

Frequently Asked Questions


  1. How does MINDS define the applicant's own or home country?

    MINDS defines "own" or "home" country as the applicant's country of citizenship AND their country of residence. For example, if you are a Zimbabwean citizen who is resident in South Africa, you can only apply for a MINDS scholarship if you have been accepted to study at one of the universities on the MINDS Preferred Institutions list that is NOT in Zimbabwe or South Africa.  You will NOT be eligible for a MINDS scholarship if you wish to study in Zimbabwe or South Africa.
  2. How much is the fixed stipend?

    Each student's stipend will be individually calculated depending on a number of factors. Therefore, the value of the stipend will be disclosed to beneficiaries of the MINDS scholarships.

  3. How were the universities that are on the list of MINDS Preferred Institutions selected?

    MINDS selected the universities by taking into account the following factors:
    • University ranking against other universities in Africa,
    • Geographic coverage and distribution,
    • Proven track record in furthering cooperation among African countries, and
    • Historical significance.  


  4. How long will it take for me to get a response from MINDS?

    On submission of the application, you will receive an email confirming receipt of the application. MINDS will contact you as early as possible within two months of submitting your application.