Mandela Magdalene College at the University of Cambridge offers scholarships for South African students to pursue one-year taught postgraduate courses of study in subjects relevant to the needs of South Africa.

Brief Description: The Mandela Magdalene College Scholarships were announced in March 1995 when Nelson Mandela, then President of The Republic of South Africa, agreed to lend his name to the initiative. In this letter of acceptance Madiba wrote: “I approve the use of my name for the Scholarship to assist South African students. Our country is in dire need of skilled men and women to service our new democracy. We are deeply grateful that Magdalene College took the initiative to assist.” The scheme results from a collaboration between Mr Chris von Christierson and other benefactors, the Cambridge Trusts and Magdalene College, Cambridge. 

Study Program: Scholarship is available to pursue one-year taught postgraduate courses of study at the University of Cambridge.

Study Major: Scholarship is awarded in subjects relevant to the needs of South Africa.

Scholarship Award: The scholarships are means tested. The maximum award covers:

  • University Composition Fee at the overseas rate
  • A maintenance allowance sufficient for a single student

Rented accommodation in or near College will normally be made available to a single Scholar. The college does not currently have any family accommodation available.

National/International Students: The scholarships are open to citizens of South Africa, normally under the age of 35 and normally resident in South Africa who have, or expect to obtain before 1 October 2017, a first class or high second class honours degree or its equivalent from a recognised University. The scholarship will be tenable from 1 October 2017. Successful applicants will be expected to return to South Africa to work or study after completing the course at Cambridge.

Application Deadline: The scholarships are open to citizens of South Africa.

How to Apply: This scheme is administered on behalf of the University of Cambridge and Magdalene College by the Board of Graduate Studies (for admission to the University) and the Cambridge Trusts (for funding). Further information, and application materials, are available in the University’s Graduate Studies Prospectus. All applicants for admission to the University must complete and return a GRADSAF form to the Board of Graduate Studies; applications must be completed by 7 December 2016.

Application Form

Application Deadline:  The deadline for application is 7 December 2016.

For more details visit the official site