Mandela Magdalene College Scholarship

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Mandela Magdalene College Scholarship: Up to three scholarships are offered each year. The scholarships enable graduates from South Africa to pursue one-year taught postgraduate courses of study at the University of Cambridge in subjects relevant to the needs of South Africa.

Scholarship Application Eligibility Criteria:

The scheme aims to support South African graduate students of outstanding academic merit and leadership potential who would otherwise be unable to take up a place at Cambridge University.

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 2007, a first class or high second class honours degree or its equivalent from a recognised University.

Successful applicants will be expected to return to South Africa to work or study after completing the course at Cambridge.


The scholarships are means-tested. The maximum award covers:

  • University Composition Fee at the overseas rate approved College Fees
  • a maintenance allowance sufficient for a single student
  • a return airfare, courtesy of British Airways

    The 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).

    Applicants for admission to the University must complete and return a GRADSAF application form to the Board of Graduate Studies by 31 January (2 weeks earlier if making an online application).

    For further details, and application materials, contact: Mandela Magdalene College Scholarship

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