The goal of the scholarships offered at the Solution Space is to
nurture a new generation of leaders, teaching them to see past “business
as usual”. Through testing new models, these bold and visionary
leaders will be equipped to shape Africa’s future for the better. The
scholarships are aimed at supporting mid-career professionals and
entrepreneurs who have shown a commitment to local
scholarships were created for African leaders for whom a post-graduate
qualification is an integral part of their continued journey toward
building a better world.
Our scholars are known for their professional integrity, bold and
visionary leadership, a spirit of innovation and inquisitiveness, active
collaboration, entrepreneurial drive and track record of action. While
scholars are distinct in their professional goals and ambitions and
hail from all over Africa, they are united in their common goal: to have
a significant impact in the world.
Scholarships are open to candidates applying to either the Masters in
Business Administration or Masters of Philosophy in Inclusive
Innovation at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business.
Our scholarships are made possible through the generous support of our industry partner, MTN Group.
To be considered for a MTN Scholarship:
- Applicants must be a citizen from an African country and a Permanent Resident for at least 1 year.
should apply to pursue either the MBA or the MPhil in Inclusive
Innovation programme at the UCT GSB. Applicants will only be able to
take up the MTN Scholarship if successfully admitted to the UCT GSB
programme. For full details about the MBA programme or MPhil
programme, criteria and how to apply to the business school click here
- Financial Need Criteria
Financial Need must be illustrated as follows:
- Full declaration of all details required must be recorded in the space provided on the Affidavit for the MTN Scholars Program at the University of Cape Town
- Details of all property and assets of any nature must be declared on the Affidavit provided.
reserves the right to request that applicants furnish evidence of
answers/statements on the application form. If it is found that the
provided information is false or untrue, the University further reserves
the right to disqualify an application and/or to cancel and recover any
scholarship funds that may have been paid out to an awardee.
MTN Scholars are known for their professional integrity, bold and visionary leadership, a spirit of innovation and inquisitiveness, active collaboration, entrepreneurial drive and track record of action.What this means to us is:
Be honest | Deliver on promises | Do what is right | Be truthful to others and yourself | Be trustworthy and reliable
Lead by example | Be an inspiration | Provide vision | Be accountable, take ownership | Be dependable
Be creative, create new ideas | Do things differently | Be original | Focus on solutions | Think outside the box
Work together, cooperate | Share ideas through teamwork | Be caring and friendly | Show respect | Communicate
- Can do
Be positive | Believe in yourself | Show willingness | Endure and have courage | Believe it can be done
- Entrepreneurial spirit
Create value | Deliver excellence | Exploit opportunities | Be adaptable | Plan for growth
The following criteria apply in the selection of MTN Scholars.
- Applicant has started or worked in an entrepreneurial venture,
or demonstrated entrepreneurial and innovative strategies within an
organisation for at least one year. Applicants should be able to
demonstrate experience or strong interest in their chosen focus area
(education, health, smart cities). A track record of exploring or
initiating innovative approaches in these sectors is preferable.
must demonstrate professional integrity, bold and visionary leadership,
a spirit of innovation and inquisitiveness, active collaboration,
entrepreneurial drive and a track record of action.
must demonstrate some need for the scholarship, through either previous
work experience, personal background or demonstrated commitment to start
a venture, which make self-funding the programme a significant burden.
The University of Cape Town reserves the right to disqualify ineligible, incomplete and/or inappropriate applications.
The University of Cape Town reserves the right to change the conditions of award or to make no awards at all.
The successful candidate will be required to:
- be registered for full or part-time study on the MBA/MPhil at the UCT Graduate School of Business;
- comply with the University’s approved policies, procedures and practices for the postgraduate sector; and
an entrepreneurial route in their studies (via research and elective
choices) and contribute to the GSB’s Entrepreneurship or Technology Club
An MTN Scholarship is awarded for one or maximum of two years and
covers the full cost of tuition and registration fees at UCT GSB, as set
by the business school.
The Scholars can also apply for several types of funding on a
discretionary basis. For example an economy-class travel allowance for
Scholars travelling from their home country to the business school at
the beginning and back home at the end of their degree programme, a
stipend, or to attend additional conferences or workshops, or conduct
fieldwork and pilots.
HOW TO APPLY
It is not possible to apply for a MTN Scholarship without applying to the business school.
Applicants must first be eligible and apply for the academic
programme at the UCT GSB (via the Admissions Office). For full details
about the MBA programme or MPhil Inclusive Innovation programme,
criteria and how to apply to the business school click here.
- Applicants must submit the MTN Scholarship Application online form together
with their UCT application number received from the UCT GSB
Admissions Office. Required supporting documents include a CV and
- Applicants are then notified if they are selected for an interview.
final decision and award of the MTN Scholarship will be made by a
Scholarship selection panel, following which applicants will be
informed by mid December 2015. Applicants will only be able to take
up the MTN Scholarship if successfully admitted to the UCT GSB
It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure they submit all
documents required so they can be considered for both admission and a
For more information, Click here
We advise that you begin your application as early as possible and do
not wait until the deadline. Applications should be submitted by midnight on the evening of 31 October 2017.
Once your application has been received, a shortlisting committee
will evaluate your application using our selection criteria for the
Scholarship, to produce a final interview list.
We hold interviews in late November. If you are unable to attend in
person we will interview you by Skype or phone. We aim to tell you
within a week of the interview whether you have been successful.