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2017 Scholars Announced


The Mandela Rhodes Foundation is delighted to announce the selection of the 13th cohort of Mandela Rhodes Scholars, who make up the Class of 2017.

The new Mandela Rhodes Scholars, selected at the final interviews in Johannesburg and Cape Town in October, bring to 377 the total number of Scholarships awarded since the programme was launched in 2005. Read more

August 2016 update from the MRF


Big news: Doctoral scholarships opportunity for Mandela Rhodes Scholars announced

In a decision that demonstrates not only its extraordinary generosity, but also great confidence in the quality of the Mandela Rhodes Scholarships programme and in the calibre of our Scholars, The Leverhulme Trust is to fund new scholarships for doctoral study in the UK.  Read more

April 2016 update from the MRF

The astonishing growth in the number of expressions of interest in the Mandela Rhodes Scholarships is continuing this year, and with a vengeance! As of today, more than 8000 (eight thousand) potential applicants had registered on our website – and that with still a week to go before we close off this initial stage of the process for selecting the Class of 2017. (Last year’s number was a then-record 5500.)

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2007 Mandela Rhodes Scholar makes history

A dream comes true for The Mandela Rhodes Foundation and its founding Executive Director Shaun Johnson, today. Judy Sikuza (South Africa & NMMU 2007) joins the MRF as its full-time Programme Director, with responsibility for the flagship Mandela Rhodes Scholarships programme. Read more

August 2015 update from the MRF

The Mid-Year Workshop on reconciliation

Our Programme Director Judy Sikuza, backed up by the MRF team, facilitated the Mid-Year Workshop from 15-19 July. Her main takeout is that it was a great success, while “both emotionally and intellectually taxing, as the group wrestled with complex issues. Speakers included anti-Apartheid icon Ahmed Kathrada, Professor Njabulo Ndebele, Professor Ben Cousins, Shaun Johnson, and alumni contributors Buhle Zuma (SA & UCT, 2007), Cynthia Ayeza (SA & UP, 2008), Hapiloe Maranyane (SA & UCT, 2009) and Kenechukwu Ikebuaku (Nigeria & UWC, 2014).” Feedback from participants is that it was unforgettable – and extremely draining. (Mandela Rhodes Scholars from earlier Classes will relate to that, I’m sure!) Read more