The Mandela Centennial Scholarship Programme

African Leadership University (ALU) in partnership with the Graça Machel Trust and the Mandela Institute of Development Studies (MINDS) launched the Mandela Centennial Scholarship Programme, a landmark scholarship that will celebrate the 100th birthday of one of the greatest African leaders of the last century – Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, fondly known as Madiba. President Mandela firmly believed in the transformative power of education and its ability to bring dignity, self-actualization, and prosperity to Africans. Throughout his presidency and after, he dedicated much of his efforts to ensure that children from all walks of life had equal access to education, regardless of their economic background.

The objective of the Mandela Centennial Scholars Programme is to honor President Mandela’s legacy and carry forward the important work he began in education by giving the opportunity to 100 outstanding young Africans from disadvantaged backgrounds to attend ALU. These students will benefit from a full scholarship and unparalleled opportunities for leadership development.

Scholarship Provision

Each Mandela Centennial Scholar will receive a $8,000 grant each year for the duration of their degree covering full tuition, airfare and living expenses. Rwandan students will receive a $4,000 grant each year for the duration of their degree covering full tuition fees.

Undergraduate Degree Programme

  1. One year mandatory Leadership Core Programme before moving on to degree programmes of their choice.
  2. Bachelor’s degree, accredited by the Higher Education Council of Rwanda and awarded by ALU. The following are the current degree offerings at ALU Rwanda.
    • BSc (Hons) Computer Science
      • Computer Science is a 4-year degree programme while the other courses are three and a half year
    • BA (Hons) Entrepreneurship
    • BA (Hons) Global Challenges
    • BA (Hons) International Business and Trade

        3. 8 months on campus and 4 months of internships every year

A Joint Partnership

The Scholarship Program is a joint partnership between the Graça Machel Trust, the Mandela Institute for Development Studies, and African Leadership University.

Our Corporate Partners

A special thank you to our corporate partners and donors for their generous commitment to the Mandela Centennial Scholarship Programme.