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INSEAD Nelson Mandela Endowed Scholarship for Sub-Sahara Africans & the New Zealand ASEAN Scholar Awards for S.E. Asians


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#1. INSEAD Nelson Mandela Endowed Scholarship

At their 30th Class Reunion, the INSEAD MBA Class of ’75 created an endowment to support African participants at INSEAD yearly awarding the Nelson Mandela Endowed Scholarship, which is to honor the life and work of the great President of South Africa. All nationals of Sub-Saharan Africa are welcome to participate in the Master’s Degree scholarship program. The total value of the scholarship is up to €20,000.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to apply for the Nelson Mandela Endowed Scholarship, a candidate must meet the following requirements:

  • be a citizen of any Sub-Saharan African country, have resided in Africa for the longest period of his or her life and have received prior education in Africa;
  • preference will be showed for applicants who require and can prove financial aid;
  • have excellent academic achievements and potential;
  • express commitment in business and financial management;
  • prove likelihood that they would spend the better period of their professional career in Africa;
  • prove their understanding of the goals of the African development, the needs of African people and general public interest.

Essay Topic

One of the required papers a candidate must attach is an essay that should meet the following standards:

  1. firstly, in 350-400 words a candidate must clarify why they have decided to participate in the INSEAD MBA Scholarship program, why it can help them achieve their particular academic goals, why they believe they deserve the award, and how they will be able to contribute to the future of their countries;
  2. secondly, in 200 words a candidate must set and analyze an example of the most significant issue or contribution relating to the economics, politics, social life or culture of his or her home country;
  3. thirdly, in 150-200 words a candidate must concisely and accurately describe his or her financial circumstances and a plan for cash expenses for 1 year at INSEAD.


Yearly the deadline for your application is

  • February 13th if you are applying for the July studies;
  • August 22nd if you are applying for the December studies.

#2. New Zealand ASEAN Scholar Awards

Recognizing New Zealand’s close ties with Southeast Asia, not only geographic but also economic and cultural, The New Zealand-ASEAN Scholar Awards (or NZAS) aim to empower everyone who claims to possess good knowledge, skills and qualifications to make a contribution to the political, economic and social development of their home countries.

The scholarship provides decent financial support for student’s tuition, covers return airfares, living expenses while in New Zealand as well as an establishment allowance on arrival in New Zealand. Besides, students’ partners can apply for a New Zealand work visa that would allow them to live and work in the country legally while their partner is studying.

Eligibility Criteria

Please check on the following eligibility criteria before making your application:

  • an applicant must be a citizen of one of these countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos PDR, Myanmar, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam; a candidate must have been a resident of these countries for the minimum of 2 years when applying;
  • an applicant cannot hold citizenship of a status of permanent resident of Australia or New Zealand;
  • an applicant cannot be a spouse of be engaged to a person who is a citizen or permanent resident of Australia or New Zealand;
  • at the time of application an applicant must have skipped a minimum of 2 years after having a New Zealand/Australian Government scholarship; an eligible applicant also cannot hold a current New Zealand/Australian Government scholarship;
  • if an applicant’s degree program has commenced, he or she cannot apply for the support;
  • if an applicant holds a Bachelor’s degree, he or she must apply for a Master’s or Doctoral degree only; if an applicant already holds a Master’s degree, he or she must apply for a Doctoral degree only;
  • an applicant must prove able to accept the award in the year when it is offered;
  • an applicant must hold a Bachelor’s degree of high academic merit, relevant to the offered post-graduate qualification;
  • an applicant must have a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 that can be no older than 24 months (2 years) at the time of application;
  • an applicant must satisfy the requirements for admission to the chosen New Zealand university (with English language proficiency requirement included);
  • preference will be given to applicant who are no older than 40.

English Language Requirements

Each New Zealand education institution sets particular admission requirements for the level of English language proficiency. The institutions accept both an IELTS and a TOEFL certificates. As a rule, the minimum accepted score for the IELTS exam is 6.5 (for post-graduate level study with no band lower than 6.0). Please consider that some institutions may require a higher score than the one mentioned.

The original certificate of their IELTS/TOEFL exam must be submitted as a pre-condition of applicant’s placement.

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