Allan Gray Fellowship: Entrepreneurial, Leadership and Personal Development Programme

The Allan Gray Fellowship consists of an Entrepreneurial, Leadership and a Personal Development Programme, as part of a full undergraduate university scholarship. The Fellowship runs throughout the year and includes seminars, guest speakers, experiential learning activities and project based deliverables.

The Fellowship also includes Mentoring both from individually assigned Foundation employed staff and a Mentor with specific industry experience, that will assist the Fellow in their development.

The Fellow’s university studies are covered by a full undergraduate scholarship that includes tuition, residence and a book allowance as well as a monthly stipend. This support is to ensure that the Fellow is able to purely focus on their academics and entrepreneurial and leadership development. For top performing Fellows, future scholarships are available for postgraduate studies that are in line with potential impact, if the Fellow proves their ability during the undergraduate degree. This opportunity extends to the possibility of international study.

The Foundation is of a firm belief that a solid education is the starting point to any leadership and entrepreneurial journey. It therefore chooses to partner with top tertiary institutions in South Africa to ensure that each Fellow gets a concrete educational foundation before commencing a career as an entrepreneurial leader.

The Foundation partners with the following Universities:

Western Cape:


Eastern Cape:

Interested candidates 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 Southern Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland. The Fellowship is the most comprehensive tertiary opportunity for talented potential high-impact individuals. The Fellowship selection team aims to correctly select talented individuals from the Southern African region so thatit is awarded to individuals that are most able to leverage this opportunity. The Fellowship selection team specifically focuses on attracting eligible applicants using effective assessment tools and rigorous and reliable processes to make sure that eligible candidates are fairly assessed and that the correct decisions are made. Fellowship applicants need to fulfill the criteria indicated below

Fellowship Application: Selection Criteria

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, realizing 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 a leader or entrepreneurially minded, there are a couple of mandatory academic requirements that applicants need to fulfill, click here to view requirements for SA, Namibia, Botswanna & Swaziland students

Does this sound like an interesting opportunity? Visit the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation website for more info.

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