The programme is built on our founding principles of reconciliation, education, entrepreneurship, and leadership, and a belief that leadership begins with inner transformation.
The Mandela Rhodes Foundation aim to keep Nelson Mandela’s legacy alive by equipping young African leaders with the competence and courage to transform the continent into a place where everyone has equal opportunity to thrive.
The programme is delivered primarily through a series of week-long residential workshops which you will attend during your time in residence.
You could be a Mandela Rhodes Scholar if
The Mandela Rhodes Foundation look for young leaders who aspire to the principles below and who have demonstrated the potential to live them out.
Do you aspire to be a visionary leader who has moral authority? Do you see leadership as more than just personal ambition – as a way to pursue the advancement of equality and freedom, human rights and human dignity? And do you want to guide and inspire others to reach their full potential?
Do you believe that reconciliation – combined with reparation – is the key to harnessing an imperfect past to develop a more just world?
And are you prepared to start the process by looking at your own internal landscape?
Do you have excellent academic results but believe that your education should not only benefit you but make a difference for others?
And do you agree that intellectual excellence must be accompanied by character and a rounded personality?
Do you want to see Africa take its rightful place as an equal and competitive presence in the global world? Have you demonstrated individual effort, innovation and creativity to this end?
To benefit from our programme you must be curious about doing the personal, internal work of leadership.
This means a commitment to developing self-awareness by engaging with difficult parts of yourself, an openness to learning from the diversity and differences in your cohort, and a willingness to explore and embrace complexity within yourself, others, and the systems around you.
Important: Applicants from outside South Africa may need to complete SAQA verification to start their studies at a South African university.
Applications close by the end of Friday, 21 April 2023. No late or incomplete applications will be accepted under any circumstances.
You apply online, and access the application platform through the button link below: