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Terms and Conditions

1. General terms and conditions of the Scholarships programme

A Mandela Rhodes Scholarship enables a Scholar to study at a South African tertiary institution registered with the South African Council on Higher Education for an accredited postgraduate degree programme. The Scholarship is awarded for one or a maximum of two years, currently for an Honours or Masters degree.

Mandela Rhodes Scholars shall:

  1. Adhere to the principles and goals of the Mandela Rhodes Scholarships programme.
  2. Attend leadership workshops as offered by the Mandela Rhodes Scholarships programme, on dates to be advised. Attendance is a condition of accepting the Scholarship, unless there are exceptional circumstances agreed to by the MRF.
  3. Be offered access to peer-mentoring (optional for the Scholar).
  4. According to the current policy of the MRF, be younger than 30 years of age at the time of taking up the Scholarship.

2. Conditions of tenure

  1. The continued holding of the Scholarship is dependent upon the maintenance of evidence-based, high standards of work and conduct which, in the opinion of the Trustees, justifies the holding of the Scholarship.
  2. Other scholarships may not be held in conjunction with a Mandela Rhodes Scholarship. If a Scholar is in doubt about what constitutes another scholarship as opposed to awards or prizes, they should consult the MRF.
  3. Furthermore, the continued holding of the Scholarship is dependent on the Scholar upholding the values, principles and standards of The Mandela Rhodes Foundation, as determined by the Trustees.
  4. Where Scholars are in breach of such standards, values and principles for any reason the MRF may cease payments to and participation in the programme by the Scholar.

3. Financial scope of the Scholarship

The Scholarship covers the cost of a Scholar as follows:

  1. Tuition and registration fees as set by the institution;
  2. A study materials allowance as set by the MRF;
  3. Accommodation and meal allowances as set by the MRF;
  4. A medical aid allowance as set by the MRF;
  5. Economy-class travel allowance for international Scholars only from the Scholar’s home to their institution at the beginning and back home at the end of their degree programme;
  6. Personal allowance.

Scholars must note the following:

  1. Allowances are paid twice a year, conditional on provision of proof of registration or acceptance, and on receipt of the stipulated progress report from the tertiary institution no later than two weeks after the start of the second semester.
  2. Tuition and registration fees are paid directly to the tertiary institution, while all other allowances are administered according to the MRF’s policies for that year.
  3. Any amount due to or owed by a student prior to their becoming a Mandela Rhodes Scholar, shall be the sole responsibility of the student, and the MRF will not become involved in any way.

4. Rebates

The MRF pays fees as set out in clause 3.1 above as invoiced to the Scholar by their institution. Where a Scholar receives a rebate, the MRF will not refund the Scholar the amount of the rebate.

5. Institutional transfers

A Scholar may not change their institution of study from that indicated on their application form unless explicitly approved by the MRF.

6. Interaction with donors

Some Mandela Rhodes Scholarships are underwritten by specific donors. Some donors wish to interact with Scholars and are invited to do so on the understanding that the Scholar may determine the level of interactions. Reasonable requests received in good time should be acceded to where possible, and should they be declined it is the responsibility of the Scholar to supply reasons on time. On taking up their Scholarships, Scholars will be informed of relevant details regarding their particular funder, if applicable.

7. Failure to comply with degree requirements

Should a Scholar fail to comply with the requirements for continued study in the course for which they are registered, financial support from the MRF will cease.

8. Requirements to supply personal updates

In accepting a Mandela Rhodes Scholarship, Scholars undertake to reply timeously and comprehensively each year, during their period in residence and thereafter, to a written request conveyed electronically to them by the MRF for an update of personal details. These details are required for the maintenance of an up-to-date database, and for use in the ‘feedback and update’ section of the MRF’s Yearbook and website.

9. Limitation of liability

The Mandela Rhodes Foundation will not take responsibility for bodily injury, sickness, accident or death of Mandela Rhodes Scholars. It is up to Mandela Rhodes Scholars to provide for their own insurance needs.