The great news coming your way now is the Mandela Scholarship Fund. Another opportunity for young South African students to experience life and study culture in the Netherlands. Basically, this scholarship is solely meant for South African citizens and legal permanent residents of South Africa. Also, as a citizen or permanent resident of South Africa, you must show evidence of academic excellence and qualification.
That is, the Mandela Scholarship Fund is meant for students with outstanding academic records pursuing their Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. So, if you belong to this category of people, and want to study over in the Netherlands, then, this Mandela Scholarship Fund opportunity is for you. Do well to apply before the closing date. By the way, the school that will be hosting the winners of the Mandela Scholarship Fund is Leiden University in the Netherlands.
The Netherlands is a country in northwestern Europe. It majorly consists of twelve provinces and has borders with some other known countries. Like now, it borders Germany on the east side, Belgium on the south side, and the north sea on the northwest. Again, the official language in the Netherlands is the Dutch Language, English Language is considered a second language. However, the Netherlands has a second official language which is west Frisian used by the province of Friesland.
More so, Amsterdam is the capital city of the Netherlands and it is quite populous. Not just that, the Netherlands has four large cities which are, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, the Hague, and Utrecht.
Additionally, the Netherlands has been a comfortable study destination and home for international students. The country has a lot of global ranking universities which is why international students come into the country in their numbers.
Leiden University, Netherlands
Located in Leiden, Netherlands, this university is the oldest, most reputable university in the Netherlands. In 1517, the Prince of Orange, William, founded it as a reward to the city of Leiden for its defense against Spanish attacks during the war. Secondly, Leiden University became more popular during the Dutch Golden Age. At that point, scholars from other parts of Europe flocked into the Dutch Republic due to the school’s intellectual accommodation.
As a matter of fact, the university is among the globally recognized institution. Always in the top 100 best universities in the world.
Likewise, Leiden University has produced 21 Spinoza Prize Laureates and 16 Noble Laureates like Albert Einstein. Ten Netherlands prime ministers are also Alumni of the school. In light of this, out of the 101 Spinoza Prizes, which is the highest scientific award in the Netherlands, the professors in Leiden University got 25 of them.
Mandela Scholarship Fund
In the first place, the Mandela Scholarship Fund is for students that are citizens or permanent residents of South Africa. To this event, these students must want to study at Leiden University Netherlands for one semester. In order to extend their knowledge and contribute to the development of their country, South Africa. Moreover, the students must be pursuing either a bachelor’s or a Master’s degree and must return to South Africa and contribute to national development after their studies at Leiden University.
Eligible courses for scholarship
- Governance and Global affairs
- Social and Behavioral Science
- Interfacultair Centrum voor Lerarenopleiding
- Onderwijsontwikkeling en Nascholing (ICLON)
- African Studies Centre
- International Institute for Asian Studies
The South African Applicant must be:
- Be motivated to upgrade or extend their knowledge in order to make a contribution towards the development of South Africa.
- Enrolled at a South African University
- A permanent resident or citizen of South Africa
Correspondingly, the students must return to South Africa after their studies which is a maximum of 5 months.
- Firstly, submit an online application for admission here for an exchange/study abroad course at Leiden University.
- Once you get admitted to an exchange/study abroad course, complete the Mandela Scholarship Application form here
- Submit your completed scholarship application form as a scanned email attachment to [email protected]
Make sure you attach all these documents:
- Exchange/study abroad admission letter from Leiden University
- Scholarship motivation letter
- Recent transcript of records from your South African University
- Up-to-date CV
- Photocopy of your valid passport(s)
- 2 original letters of recommendation (one must be from an academic staff member)
- Documentation showing the status of any other grants you have applied for
- Proof of sufficient funds to support yourself in the Netherlands (the Mandela Scholarship Fund does not cover all expenses). Now, this can be in form of:
- A student grant letter that is showing the exact amount and duration of your grant.
- A recent bank statement in your name.
- A notary statement declaring that your parents have sufficient financial means to support you.
- Tuition fees for a one-semester study abroad program (if applicable)
Note: exchange students are exempted from tuition fees on the basis of the exchange agreement.
- Living allowance: 1000 euro per month
- Insurance coverage sponsored by AON Student Insurance and arranged by Leiden University’s scholarships Team
The selection committee will review all applications and select scholarship recipients on the basis of academic merit, motivation, and prospects for a future contribution towards the development of South Africa.
You will be informed of the outcome by the scholarship team:
In June, for the programs beginning in September
In November, for programs beginning in February
Closing date: April 1, 2022
for more information on the scholarship visit: HERE
Note: visit the website for detailed information on the estimated living costs.
To summarize, the Mandela Scholarship Fund came to be in order to mark a certain memorable event. This event took place on March 12, 1999, where his Excellency President Nelson Mandela of South Africa received an Honorary Doctorate from the Leiden University in the Netherlands. So, to mark this event, Leiden University founded the Mandela Scholarship Fund for South African Students.
In this effect, if you are a South African and ready to study for one month at Leiden University, the Mandela Scholarship Fund is ongoing and they are ready to accept your application.