Each year The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation offers Allan Gray Fellowship to Southern Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland Grade 12 and 1st Year University students to develop future high impact responsible entrepreneurs.
Application Deadline: Varies by country (see below)
Offered annually? Yes
Eligible Countries: Citizens of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland Application for other countries are set.
Field of Study: All areas of studies is accepted
About Fellowship: The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation offers the exceptional Allan Gray Fellowship to Southern Africa’s pioneering bright young students. This initiative aims to develop students, known as Allan Gray Candidate Fellows, into Southern Africa’s future high impact responsible entrepreneurs.
Every year, the Foundation selects the best and most ambitious Grade 12, first year and second year university students from Southern Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland to join its vibrant community of Allan Gray Candidate Fellows.
The Fellowship includes comprehensive tertiary education financial support alongside exposure to thought leaders, mentorship and entrepreneurial mindset development. Access to postgraduate funding is available to those who have excelled in their tertiary studies and the Fellowship Programme.
To be taken at (country): The Allan Gray Fellowship is available to 1st year students at
- University of the Witwatersrand (WITS),
- University of Johannesburg (UJ),
- University of Pretoria (UP),
- University of Cape Town (UCT),
- Stellenbosch University (SU),
- University of the Western Cape (UWC),
- Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU)
- Rhodes University (RU).
- Have you played any leadership roles at school or university as either a Prefect, member of the LRC, or sport team captain?
- Have you attained any formal school or university awards within the Academics, Cultural or Service fields?
- In the last 3 years, have you created an original product or service, developed it and possibly sold it (preferably NOT including any school market days you may have participated in)
- OR have you initiated an activity or project that has made an impact in your school, university, community or environment?
- Have you recently worked in any environment to generate your own money?
- Do you participate in any sporting activities at school, university or outside this environment?
- Do you participate in any cultural activities at school, university or outside this environment?
- Do you display an ability to manage your emotions effectively?
- Are you generally aware of the emotions of those around you and react appropriately?
- Do you display an ability to be flexible and adaptable with change?
- Are you able to describe an occasion or occasions where you have been able to achieve success despite difficulty?
- Do you consistently demonstrate perseverance, tenacity and goal-oriented behaviour?
If you answered yes to most of these questions, then you are eligible to apply.
Fellowship Applicants need to be able to show a track record of leadership or being entrepreneurially minded. The Foundation’s framework to measure this as follows:
- Achievement Excellence:The ongoing pursuit of excellence with tangible and specific focus on setting goals. A motivation to make a difference and leave a mark.
- Intellectual Imagination:Demonstrated by an established record of intellectual achievement; an ability to see the unseen, challenge the status quo and suggest that things could be done differently.
- Courageous Commitment:The courage and dedication to continue, realising that applying consistent commitment has a way of overcoming.
- Spirit of Significance:A weight of personality that comes from living a life personified by passion and integrity.
- Personal Initiative:A person who makes things happen and celebrates the satisfaction of bringing new things into being. Independent, proactive and self-starting
Number of Awards: The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation awards up to one hundred Fellowships every year.
Value of Award: The Allan Gray Fellowship covers the following:
- Financial assistance in terms of academic studies at a Southern African University (UCT, WITS, UJ, UP, Rhodes or NMMU) for the full length of the degree.
- Full cost of residence; cost of living stipend to meet the incidentals of normal life on campus.
- An Entrepreneurial and Personal Development Programme, which is overlaid on top of the Allan Gray Fellow’s undergraduate studies, running throughout the year. This will include seminars, guest speakers, experiential learning activities and project based deliverables.
- Mentorship, both from individually assigned Foundation employed staff, as well as business mentors, that will assist the Fellow in their development.
- Future scholarships for postgraduate study that are in line with potential future impact, if the Fellow proves their ability during the undergraduate degree. This opportunity extends to the possibility of international study.
- The possibility of future funding from E2 for those Fellows who successfully complete the programme, have work experience and are able to submit compelling business plans.
- Grade 12: 12th May 2017. (South Africa CLOSED), 25th August 2017 (Swaziland & Botswana), 28th July 2017 (Namibia)
- 1st Year University: 18th August 2017 (South Africa, Swaziland, Namibia & Botswana).
- 2nd Year University: 18th August 2017 (South Africa)
How to Apply: Interested applicants can apply for the Fellowship opportunity during their Grade 12 school year or during their first year of university. The Fellowship application is open to learners and students from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland.
Scholarship Provider: The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation