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Applications for the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation’s University Fellowship is now open

by Media Xpose

A new cohort of young South Africans has just started their final year of school, and amongst them are future change-makers, problem-solvers and innovators with dreams and plans for a better world.   Through its unique Fellowship programme, the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation has, since 2005, created extraordinary opportunities for high school graduates with the potential to develop into high impact, responsible entrepreneurs. 

The Foundation is now calling on learners who are aspiring entrepreneurs from the matric class of 2023 to apply now for this prestigious Fellowship opportunity that will pave the way to a university education, entrepreneurial mindset development interventions as well as personal and academic development support. Applications are open from 6 February to 28 April 2023.

This year, the Foundation has refined its funding model for the Fellowship in line with its efforts to scale up the programme.  For learners living in households below the R1 million annual income threshold, full funding including tuition, residence, books, tuition, counselling, and monthly stipend costs will be provided.  For learners with entrepreneurial mindsets from households above this income threshold are also welcome to apply and upon acceptance, the value of their Fellowship funding will then be determined on an individualised needs basis.  This global best practice three-step funding model is based on guiding principles that admissions are purely merit-based and funding is entirely needs-based to ensure that all eligible recipients of the Fellowship known as Candidate Fellows can access the entrepreneurial programmes.

The programme marks the start of a unique entrepreneurship journey as Candidate Fellows are nurtured in the development of an entrepreneurial mindset, ethical values and strong leadership skills as they pursue their university studies.  The programme focuses on both academic support and personal development with access to a dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystem that can support them as they go on to generate ideas, start ventures and grow enterprises with purpose.

Fellowship Applications Requirements include:

  • South African citizenship
  • 21 years of age or younger in 2023
  • Minimum of 60% in pure Mathematics or a minimum of 80% in Mathematical Literacy for final grade 11 results
  • Minimum average of 70% for final grade 11 results (excluding Life Orientation)
  • Intention to study towards a Commerce, Science (excluding Medicine, Veterinary Science and Dentistry); Engineering, Law, Humanities or Arts Degree at any of our partner universities including the University of the Witwatersrand, the University of Johannesburg, the University of Cape Town, Nelson Mandela University, Rhodes University, the University of the Western Cape, Stellenbosch University, the University of Pretoria, the University of the Free State or University of KwaZulu-Natal.
  • Indications of an entrepreneurial mindset
  • Belief in the future of South Africa

Applications are accepted between 6 February 2023 and 28 April 2023, 17:00 SAST.

Visit www.allangrayorbis.org to download an application form, or to apply online.  


Note to Editor: The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation believes that entrepreneurially minded individuals with ethical values and strong leadership skills hold the promise of change. We stand behind entrepreneurs improving the socio-economic landscape of Southern Africa. Our mission is to foster such impact by providing youth demonstrating the highest potential access to education and cultivating within them an entrepreneurial mindset.

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