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MINDS 2023 Fully funded leadership development scholarship program for African students

The MINDS leadership development scholarship program in Africa was successfully launched in 2017. This realized our vision to train young leaders with a continent-wide mindset who can foster greater collaboration among African countries.

The scholarship program empowers African students to pursue their studies in a different African nation, exposing them to the country’s diverse and abundant culture and communities. With enhanced educational opportunities, we anticipate an increase in receptivity to innovative concepts and the formation of a community of visionary leaders who will propel our continent toward growth and concrete advancement. Undoubtedly, a more globally integrated African economy will accelerate growth, deliver positive outcomes, and benefit all communities.

Scholarship Cost: Depending on whether a partial or full scholarship is awarded, the scholarship will cover some or all of the following costs:

  • Tuition
  • Room and board
  • Round-trip airfare for the entire duration of your studies.
  • A fixed stipend.

Requirements

To be eligible for a MINDS scholarship, you must:

  • Be a citizen of an African country and reside in an African country.
  • To qualify, it is mandatory that you have received official acceptance from one or more MINDS-preferred institutions located outside your country of origin or current residence for pursuing your postgraduate studies in the upcoming year.
  • Have achieved a minimum of 70% in each subject/course in the last two completed years of study
  • Demonstrated leadership skills or potential aligned with the questions/requirements listed on the application form.
  • Submission of a completed online application form (see below) with required supporting documentation.

To be eligible for the MINDS Scholarship, the applicant must be admitted to study at one of the following institutions:

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EAST AFRICA

  • African Leadership University, Rwanda
  • Carnegie Mellon University of Rwanda, Rwanda
  • Makerere University, Uganda
  • Strathmore University, Kenya

SOUTH AFRICA

  • African Leadership University, Mauritius
  • University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • University of Mauritius, Mauritius
  • University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

NORTH AFRICA

  • Al Akhawayn University, Morocco
  • Qadi Ayyad University, Morocco
  • Mohammed V. University, Morocco

WEST AFRICA

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

Application Process:

  • Please make sure that you meet ALL of the requirements outlined in the application form and upload ALL of the required documentation. Applications that do not meet the requirements or for which all required documentation has not been submitted will be disqualified immediately. Do not risk disqualification if you rush to submit your application. It is better to take the time to make sure you meet the requirements and gather all necessary documentation before submitting your application.
  • We are looking for individuals with a Pan-African perspective, strong leadership potential and academic record. Your application should convincingly demonstrate these elements.
  • We encourage applicants to consider studying at universities outside of South Africa. Most of the applications received to date have been to South African institutions, and the number of universities that can be awarded scholarships is limited. This means that competition among South African universities is fiercer.
  • There are two scholarships available for South African citizens who wish to study in other African countries.
    We have awarded scholarships to study actuarial science, business administration and accounting. If you would like to study at one of the South African,
  • Kenyan or Nigerian universities are on our preferred list, don’t miss the opportunity to apply. Make sure you meet the requirements before you apply.
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Required documents

All uploaded documents must be in PDF format. The size of each attachment must not exceed 2 MB.

  • A copy of your passport information/resume page.
  • Certified academic transcript/results sheet from the last two years of your studies.
  • A copy of the official admission letter from the university. The letter must:
  • ** Be addressed to the applicant.
  • ** Indicate the degree for which the applicant has been admitted.
  • ** Indicate the academic year in which the course will begin.
  • ** Indicate the duration of the course (e.g., one year).
  • Copy of valid study permit or visa OR proof of application (optional).
  • A detailed curriculum vitae of no more than four (4) single-sided pages.
  • Two letters of recommendation (no more than 3 pages each) highlighting the applicant’s integrity, competence and/or potential as a leader and commitment to the development of the African continent.

To apply: Click here to submit your application.

For more information, visit the official website 

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