The Sussex University Mandela Scholarships are offered at postgraduate level and are open to Southern African students or those from countries within the SADAC region of Africa from communities that have been disadvantaged through apartheid.

They are aimed particularly at those who wish to study a development-related discipline, or to take a course that is unavailable in their own country.

A key intention is that the scholars will return home with knowledge and skills that can be applied constructively.

We offer up to three scholarships in any one year, usually for a one or two year taught Masters programme.

Scholarships are not given for research.

What is included?

The scholarship includes tuition fees, accommodation and subsistence for the duration of the course.

If you are in work, we would ask you where possible to get some contribution from your employer, for example where there are training allowances available.


To apply for the scholarship, you should normally have a first degree, or equivalent, in an appropriate field, and be able to demonstrate, through your previous experience and future plans, that you are committed to working for development – be it educational, economic, social or cultural.

Mature students who are already working in the field – for example in non-governmental organisations – are most welcome to apply. Many previous scholars have come from such backgrounds.

If you are employed, you should also show that you have the support of the organisation you work for.

How to apply

You should first select an appropriate course from the University of Sussex postgraduate prospectus, or from one of the Centres listed on the Portal Page. Choose carefully a course which matches your qualifications and experience, and which will give you the knowledge and skills you need for your future career in your home country.

Complete the normal University of Sussex postgraduate study application.

Send the completed form by email to, or post to Postgraduate Office, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH, UK

At the same time, fill in the Mandela Scholarship Application form (available from, along with the essay requested. Send this form back to Canon Collins by the deadline listed on their website.

Your academic application will be seen by the Admissions Tutor for the relevant department. If you are accepted for a place on the course, they will inform you. The Mandela Trustees will then consider your application for the scholarship You can expect to hear whether you have been successful before the end of May.

Other opportunities

PETA exists to offer supplementary bursaries to African university students studying and/or living in the UK. Grants are small and might cover, e.g. a laptop, a field trip, an emergency flight home, etc. but not full fees. For further information please see