Mandela Scholarship (2020)

The Mandela Scholarship was established in 1973 to protest against the injustice of apartheid and raise the profile of Nelson Mandela’s struggle for freedom. Following his release from Prison in 1990, Mandela wrote to the Scholarship Fund stating: “the power of education extends beyond the development of skills we need for economic success. It can contribute to nation-building and reconciliation.” Applicants must evidence how they will embrace the values of Mandela and use their postgraduate degree to make a positive contribution towards their community and home country.

What you get

You receive a full tuition fee waiver and a £12,000 maintenance award. 

Type of award

Full Fee Waiver and Maintenance


To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • have applied and received an offer for a full time, eligible Masters degree at Sussex starting in September 2020 before 26 April 2020.
  • be a national of Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe
  • submit a separate scholarship application after you have received an offer of a place for your Masters 

You are not eligible for this scholarship if you are going to study any of the following courses:

  • Postgraduate diplomas (including CPE Common Professional Examination)
  • Corruption, Law and Governance LLM (delivered in Qatar)
  • Early Years Education (with Early Years Qualified Teacher Status) MA
  • Any course taught by the Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS)
  • Any course taught online
  • Masters degrees in Social Work (if receiving an NHS bursary)
  • PGCE courses
  • Schools Direct teaching course
  • Any Masters funded by the research councils (e.g. those receiving ESRC 1+3 funding)

Number of scholarships available



26 April 2020 0:00

How to apply

The deadline for this scholarship has now passed.  It is no longer possible to apply and late applicants will not be considered. 

Scholarship success stories

The Mandela Scholarship has been truly transformative for many people. Since it was founded, more than 80 students have gained a qualification with 96% of scholars returning home to become leaders in their field: scientists, environmentalists, development professionals and government ministers. You can read about the success of previous Mandela Scholars here


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Successful applicants will be notified after 26 May 2020 and we hope to have a final decision for all applicants by mid-June 2020.

All applicants will be contacted with the result of their application.


At level(s):
PG (taught)

Application deadline:
26 April 2020 0:00 (GMT)
the deadline has now expired


The award is available to people from these specific countries: