The Allan Gray Orbis Fellowship Bursary is a program designed to equip university students with more than just a degree. It is an opportunity to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and the tools necessary to flourish in their industry. The program is a directive to do business that’s inclusive, innovative, and downright inspirational. It transforms university students personally and is an open-ended invitation to redesign the world.
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Cultivating Entrepreneurship in Candidate Fellows
The Fellowship Program focuses on cultivating entrepreneurship in Candidate Fellows. By the end of the program, they desire to create value through responsible entrepreneurship, see entrepreneurship as a viable career path, are able to take an idea and develop it into a viable opportunity, understand the value proposition of the Foundation and E2, and value the culture of community and collaboration. Furthermore, their entrepreneurial mindset development curriculum is disseminated via the AGOF Online Campus.
Support and Development
In addition to financial and academic support, each candidate is allocated a Personal Development Officer to help them get to grips with the transition into a new environment. They also have an Entrepreneurial Leadership Officer who probes them to flex their entrepreneurial muscles, as well as an industry mentor who deepens their understanding of entrepreneurial traits and concepts in the working world.
Fellowship Coverage and Requirements
Applicants with a combined annual household income of R1 million (R1 000 000.00) and below will receive full funding. Applicants with a combined annual household income above R1 million (R1 000 000.00) will receive needs-based funding. Potential funding will be communicated at the interview stage.
To qualify for the program, applicants must have a minimum of 60% in Pure Mathematics or a minimum of 80% in Mathematical Literacy for final grade 11 results, a minimum average of 70% for final Grade 11 results (excluding Life Orientation), be under the age of 21 in the year of their application, be a South African citizen, and intend to study towards a Commerce, Science, Engineering, Law, Humanities, Arts & Health Science (excluding Medicine, Veterinary Science, and Dentistry) degree at one of our 11 partner universities.
Our 11 partner universities are located in Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and Free State. Here are the 11 partner universities of the Allan Gray Orbis Fellowship Bursary:
- Rhodes University (Eastern Cape)
- Nelson Mandela University (Eastern Cape)
- University of Cape Town (Western Cape)
- University of the Western Cape (Western Cape)
- TSiBA (Western Cape)
- Stellenbosch University (Western Cape)
- University of Johannesburg (Gauteng)
- University of Pretoria (Gauteng)
- University of the Witwatersrand (Gauteng)
- University of KwaZulu-Natal (KwaZulu-Natal)
- University of the Free State (Free State)
Allan Gray Orbis Fellowship Bursary Applications
This is a life-changing opportunity for university students who want to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and make a positive impact on the world. To ensure the best possible support and customer service, candidates are encouraged to give themselves enough time to complete the application form before the closing date. They are recommended to dedicate at least two days to it.
You can apply for the Allan Gray Orbis Fellowship Bursary online at https://graymatter.allangrayorbis.org/profiles/registration/. Alternatively, you can hand-deliver or post your application to the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation at 46 Hof Street, Oranjezicht, Cape Town, or to the following address:
Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, Freepost no: CB 11349 Kloof Street, 8008 1st Floor, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, 1 Protea Place, Cnr of Fredman Drive and Protea Place, Sandton, Johannesburg
Please make sure to submit your application form and supporting documentation before or on 28 April 2023, 17:00 SAST. Successful candidates will be invited for an interview in July 2023, and those who pass the interview stage will be invited to a selection camp in September 2023. To ensure the best possible support and customer service, it is recommended that you give yourself enough time to complete the application form before the closing date.
The Allan Gray Orbis Fellowship Bursary is an excellent opportunity for South African university students who aspire to become responsible entrepreneurs. It provides financial and academic support, as well as personal and entrepreneurial leadership development, including mentorship and access to business incubation and venture funding. The Fellowship programme is designed to deepen the understanding of entrepreneurship and cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset in the Candidate Fellows. The Fellowship covers the tuition and living expenses for successful applicants with a combined annual household income of R1 million or less, while needs-based funding is available for those with a higher income. If you meet the application requirements, you can apply online or submit your application by hand or post before or on 28 April 2023. The Foundation will invite successful candidates for an interview in July 2023, and those who pass the interview stage will be invited to a selection camp in September 2023.