Allan Gray Entrepreneurship Fellowship for Young Africans from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland


Every year, The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation offers the Allan Gray Fellowship to young Grade 12 and 1st Year University students from countries of Southern Africa, namely, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland to develop future high impact responsible entrepreneurs.

The exceptional Allan Gray Fellowship, offered to Southern Africa’s pioneering bright young students, is an initiative to develop students, known as Allan Gray Candidate Fellows, into Southern Africa’s future high impact responsible entrepreneurs. Each year, the Foundation selects the best and most ambitious Grade 12 and first year university students 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.

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

Apart from being entrepreneurially minded, there are a couple of mandatory academic requirements that applicants need to fulfill. Please see official webpage (link to it is below) for complete requirements.

PREFERRED REQUIREMENTS (Above and Beyond Mandatory Requirements):

  • 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.

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.

Method of Application
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.

The deadline varies depending on your level of study, and your country of citizenship in Southern Africa.

For Grade 12 students, deadline dates are 12 May 2017 (South Africa), 31 May 2016 (Swaziland & Botswana), and 28 July 2017 (Namibia). For 1st Year University students, deadline to apply is 18 August 2017 (all four countries).


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