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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 (and approved by the MRF) for an accredited postgraduate degree programme. The Scholarship is currently awarded for either a one year Honours or an up to two years Masters degree, or their academic equivalents.

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; be in possession of a first degree; and be a citizen of an African country.

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 and funded opportunities towards studies may not be held in conjunction with a Mandela Rhodes Scholarship. If a Scholar is in doubt about what constitutes another scholarship or funded opportunity – as opposed to awards or prizes, they should consult the Foundation.
  3. This Scholarship is for full time study in South Africa only and may not be held simultaneously with paying work that exceeds a maximum of 12 hours per week. In such cases the Foundation must be kept fully informed on the nature and terms of the additional work, and give its consent.
  4. The Scholarship must be accepted for the year that it is offered. The Scholarship cannot be deferred.
  5. The continued holding of the Scholarship is dependent on the Scholar attending all Leadership Development Programme activities. In the first year in residence, these fall in the months of January, March, July, and September, and in the second year, these fall in March and August. Travel outside South Africa, even if for research purposes, will not be accepted as a reason for missing Programme activities.
  6. Furthermore, the continued holding of the Scholarship is dependent on the Scholar upholding the values, principles and standards of the MRF, as determined by the Trustees and/or the Foundation.
  7. 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 above in clause B3, as invoiced to the Scholar by their institution. As a clear principle, 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

Specific donors underwrite some Mandela Rhodes Scholarships. 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.