Mandela Rhodes Scholarship - post graduate study

DEFSA Member institutions - do you have an outstanding design student struggling to finance their post-graduate studies?

Mandela Rhodes scholarships are open to young Africans who have demonstrated that they embody the founding principles of reconciliation, education, entrepreneurship, and leadership. The funds will help students in covering up their tuition fees and living expenses.

The applicant must meet the following eligibility criteria to apply for the scholarship:

  • Applicants must be between the age of 19 and 29
  • Must be citizens of any country in Africa
  • Must have a first degree with above-average academic results of 70%,
  • Must demonstrate how they embody our founding principles of reconciliation, education, entrepreneurship, and leadership.
  • Students must have already assumed a leadership role and made an impact on their campus or community.

Acceptable Courses and Subjects

The scholarships are available to studying any degree program in the below-mentioned fields:

  • Advertising
  • Communications
  • Visual Studies

How to apply

The Mandela Rhodes Foundation

The Mandela Rhodes Foundation is known as one of Nelson Mandela’s three official legacy organizations. It was established in 2003 in partnership with the Rhodes Trust. Their purpose is to build exceptional leadership capacity in Africa. They find, fund, and empower young Africans who aspire to use their talents to serve their societies and our continent. They do this by providing a postgraduate scholarship for young leaders to study in South Africa and participate in a residential Leadership Development Program.
Eligibility Criteria

DEFSA conferences

DEFSA promotes relevant research with the focus on design + education through its biennial conferences, to promote professionalism, accountability and ethics in the education of young designers. Our next conference is a hybrid event. See above for details.

Critical skills endorsement

Professional Members in good standing can receive a certificate of membership, but DEFSA cannot provide confirmation or endorsement of skills whatsoever. DEFSA only confirm membership of DEFSA which is a NPO for Design Education in South Africa (