Dell Young Leaders Programme for South Africans 2016

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Brief description: Applications are open for the 2016 Dell Young Leaders Programme for South Africans. Today’s Dell Young Leaders will contribute to South Africa’s overall economic development as the next generation of skilled professionals.

Application Deadline: None given

Offered annually? Yes

Eligible Countries: South Africa

To be taken at (country): South Africa

Eligible Field of Study: All

About the Award: Dell Young Leaders are first-generation South African university students who demonstrate resilience and great potential to become leaders in their chosen professions.

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Each academic year 100 Dell Young Leaders are selected across the University of Cape Town and University of Pretoria. Each Dell Young Leader receives financial support and wrap-around services that help to level the playing field for these first-generation university students. Students who are accepted into the programme begin university with seemingly insurmountable odds, but have a track record of overcoming adversity and leadership potential. After receiving individualized academic and psychosocial support, as well as holistic work readiness training, graduates leave the programme ready to defy the odds, secure employment and position themselves for a lifetime of success.

The expectations of Dell Young Leaders are high, but the students will admit those lofty expectations push them to even greater achievements. In addition to attending classes as a full-time student, students in the programme participate in academic skills development workshops and extended learning classes designed to improve the on-the-job soft skills that employers in South Africa look for most. Areas of concentration include psycho-social support, career mentorship and work readiness training.

Type: Bursary


  • Students in their first year of study at the University of Pretoria and University of Cape Town are eligible to apply for the Dell Young Leaders Programme.
  • Financial aid students are nominated by the respective institutions for the bursary, and students are then invited to apply to the programme.

Selection Criteria: Each Dell Young Leader is an extraordinary individual, yet there are commonalities among all students in the programme.

  • They are first-generation university students from deeply disadvantaged communities and simply being accepted into university is an enormous accomplishment. But Dell Young Leaders are accustomed to overcoming adversity.
  • They embody resilience and persistence.
  • They love their communities and seek to improve them.
  • They are committed to South Africa and look to become leaders in their chosen professions.

Number of Awardees: Not specified

Value of Programme: 

  • The Dell Young Leaders Programme helps close the gap between employer expectations and higher education outcomes by empowering university students with the training and tools that will lead them to more successful professional careers.
  • In addition to financial support and academic training from top-tier universities, Dell Young Leaders receive individualized support to help  navigate their way through unique scenarios, through customized services or technology solutions, on-campus support staff or Dell Young Leader peer supporters.

Duration of Programme: Duration of course from 1st year

How to Apply:  For further details on the Dell Young Leaders Programme, please contact our offices at University of Pretoria and University of Cape Town

University of Cape Town: Tel: 021-650 4147
Email: [email protected]

University of Pretoria Tel: 012-420-4874
Email: [email protected]

Visit Programme Webpage for details

Award Provider: Dell


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