Mandela Scholarship Fund 2022 – €1,000 per month living allowance

Deadline: 01 April, 2022

Mandela Scholarship Fund 2022 – €1,000 per month living allowance

Leiden University has announced a call for applications for the 2022 Mandela Scholarship Fund. The Mandela Scholarship is intended for South African students, who want to study at Leiden University for one semester in order to extend their knowledge and contribute to the development of South Africa.


  • Tuition fees for a one-semester study abroad programme (if applicable)
  • €1,000 per month living allowance
  • Insurance support


  • Open to permanent residents of South Africa
  • Applicant must be a student of a university in South Africa
  • Applicant must be motivated to upgrade or extend their knowledge in order to make a contribution towards the development of South Africa
  • Students must return to South Africa after their studies To apply and for more information, click here.

History of the Mandela Scholarship Fund

On March 12, 1999, his Excellency President Nelson Mandela of South Africa received an Honorary Doctorate from Leiden University, the Netherlands. To mark this memorable event, Leiden University founded the Mandela Scholarship Fund.
On receiving the award, President Mandela stated that it brought him not only great honour, but also great responsibility: “South Africans will in the coming years have to solve problems that you have faced before us. We have to build many new houses and schools, extend health care still further, and deal with crime and corruption. These challenges are even greater than those we have already overcome, and we will need all the strength that we have, and that of our friends. As much as anything, that is true also of South Africa’s universities and the scientific work we are doing. A greater exchange of students will be enriching for both of our nations. On the one hand it will contribute to the development of our country and the rebirth of our continent. And on the other, we believe contact with the young people of my country will enrich and enlarge the insight that your youth has of your history and I dare say the multi-cultural character of your society.”

For more information and how to apply click here