Mandela Magdalene College Scholarship for South Africa 2012, UK

The Mandela Magdalene College Scholarships were announced in March 1995 when Nelson Mandela, then President of The Republic of South Africa, agreed to lend his name to the initiative. In this letter of acceptance Madiba wrote: “I approve the use of my name for the Scholarship to assist South African students. Our country is in dire need of skilled men and women to service our new democracy. We are deeply grateful that Magdalene College took the initiative to assist.” The scheme results from a collaboration between Mr Chris von Christierson and other benefactors, the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust and Magdalene College, Cambridge. Upto three scholarships are offered each year.

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 2012, 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.

Scholarship Deadline: 2 December 2011

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