MINDS 2023 Scholarship Program for African Students (Fully-funded)

MINDS provides financial aid to Africans who want to study at the graduate level in another African nation. The MINDS Scholarship Program aspires to educate leaders with a continental development mindset—leaders who will promote greater integration and collaboration amongst African nations—through specialized leadership development programs.

Applications for students who will start their studies in 2023/2024 are presently being accepted by MINDS. As soon as they gain official acceptance from a MINDS selected university where they desire to study, interested parties are requested to submit applications. The processing of applications will occur in the order they are received.

The scholarships are open to people with a Pan-African mindset, proven leadership skills, and a strong academic record who want to study on the African continent away from home.

Eligibility Requirements

Meritorious applicants who successfully complete a rigorous application process are given MINDS scholarships. In order to be eligible 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.

Benefits of MINDS Scholarship Program

 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.

Documents Required for Application

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 to 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.
  • 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.

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