Mandela Centennial Scholarships for african students to study at ALU-Kigali,Rwanda (Deadline:June 30, 2018)

African Leadership University (ALU) is proud to partner with the Graça Machel Trust and the Mandela Institute of Development Studies (MINDS) to launch the Mandela Centennial Scholarship Programme, a landmark scholarship that will celebrate the 100th birthday of one of the greatest African leaders of the last century – Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, fondly known as Madiba.

President Mandela firmly believed in the transformative power of education and its ability to bring dignity, self-actualization, and prosperity to Africans.

Throughout his presidency and after, he dedicated much of his efforts to ensure that children from all walks of life had equal access to education, regardless of their economic background.

The objective of the Mandela Centennial Scholars Programme is to honor President Mandela’s legacy and carry forward the important work he began in education by identifying 100 outstanding young Africans from disadvantaged backgrounds to attend ALU.

These students will benefit from a scholarship and unparalleled opportunities for leadership development.


Candidates should:

• Be an African national

•Have approval to study at ALU in Rwanda for any degree programme,


The scholarship covers full tuition,  travel, housing, and a stipend to cover food and other living expenses.

For Rwandans living in Kigali, it will only cover tuition fees.

How to apply

You will only be able to apply for the scholarship once you have been accepted to ALU and have been approved for study at the Rwanda campus.

Once admitted, eligible candidates can access and submit their application for the Mandela Centennial Scholarship on the ALU Admitted Student Portal.

Candidates for the scholarship will be required to take an Artificial Intelligence admissions simulation called Knack, and submit a 500-1000 word essay for review by the scholarship committee.

The deadline for the scholarship application is 15 May 2018.

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