University Fellowships for students with amazing blazing ambition

Overview

We believe entrepreneurship is the best way to ensure long-term equality and prosperity in Southern Africa and the world. We are looking for people who want to make a big impact – not just in their lives, but also in their community, city and country.

The Foundation’s Fellowship programme gives you the best opportunity to build the life you want for yourself, your family and your community by supporting your lifelong journey to create a business or many businesses that matter.

Fellowship recipients, known as Candidate Allan Gray Fellows, receive funding for university in addition to access to support and development to cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset. Personal leadership and academic excellence also forms a core part of the Fellowship Programme.

What It Covers

The Fellowship provides access to quality tertiary education opportunities as part of our belief, which has been supported by research, that there is an increased possibility of success when entrepreneurs have a concrete foundation in their education.

The Fellowship covers the following:

  • Full cost of university tuition
  • Full cost of university accommodation plus meals, books and tutor allowances
  • A monthly living stipend
  • Academic support and access to an entrepreneurial and personal development programme
  • Mentorship, both from individually assigned Foundation-employed staff, as well as business mentors
  • Access to potential postgraduate funding for graduated Candidate Fellows
  • No postgraduate contractual obligation

Our partner universities:

Mentorship Programme

Overview

We introduce active mentoring from the third year at university as part of the process of supporting our Candidate Fellows to start thinking beyond just their studies and towards their future.

The Foundation is continually seeking individuals in Southern Africa who are willing to invest time and have an interest in promoting the growth of high-impact entrepreneurs. These individuals will walk alongside Candidate Fellows on their journey towards making a significant contribution.

How to Apply

You can apply to become an Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Mentor at any time during the year although active mentoring begins at the start of each new academic year. To apply click here or contact our Mentor Manager for more information.

Selection Criteria

Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Mentors need to display the following:

  • The ability to work with emerging young leaders, to share knowledge, experience and the skills necessary to enable future high-impact responsible entrepreneurs
  • The ability to intuitively meet the Candidate Fellow where they are at in their personal journey and connect with their goals and aspirations

Mentor Commitments

The Mentoring relationship begins during a Candidate Fellow’s third year at university and extends throughout their Fellowship. The commitment period starts in February and ends in November of each year. Mentors are expected to commit to a minimum of:

  • Monthly one-on-one interactions with their Candidate Fellow, which can be face to face or telephonic
  • An orientation and relationship building session at the beginning of the year
  • A midway evaluation session
  • A year-end event

How to Apply

Do you want to see big changes in the world? Are you a natural-born leader – one who sees problems as opportunities and opportunities as challenges to solve?

If you want to make a difference and think you have what it takes, apply to join our Fellowship programme and become part of the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation’s growing community of current and future entrepreneurs.

Applicants from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland can apply during their Grade 12 school year or during their first and second year of university. We’re looking for candidates that have a track record of leadership or being entrepreneurially-minded and reflect the values core to our Foundation:

  • Achievement Excellence: The ongoing pursuit of excellence with a tangible and specific focus on setting goals. A motivation to make a difference and leave a mark
  • Intellectual Imagination: An enquiring an active mind 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 challenges
  • 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

Criteria

Grade 12

  • Level 5 in Pure Mathematics for Grade 11 final results
  • Level 6 average for your final Grade 11 results (excluding Life Orientation)
  • Completion of the National Benchmark Test by 30 September 2017
  • Applicants must be under the age of 21 in the year of their application
  • The application closing date is 12 May 2017
  • South African Citizenship
    Intention to study a degree in Commerce, Science (excluding Medicine), Engineering, Law or Humanities (majoring in Politics, Philosophy or Economics) at WITS, UJ, UCT, NMMU, Rhodes, UWC, Stellenbosch or UP.

1st Year University

  • Minimum average of 65% for your 2017 mid-year (June) exam results
  • Studying towards a degree in Commerce, Science (excluding Medicine), Humanities (majoring in Politics, Philosophy or Economics), Engineering or Law
  • Studying at one of the following universities: WITS, UJ, UCT, NMMU, Rhodes, UWC, Stellenbosch, UFS or UP
  • Applicants must be under the age of 22 in the year of their application
  • South African Citizenship
  • The application closing date is 18 August 2017

2nd Year University

  • Minimum average of 65% for your 2016 year-end exam and 65% in 2017 mid-year exam
  • Studying towards a degree in Commerce, Science (excluding Medicine), Humanities (majoring in Politics, Philosophy or Economics), Engineering or Law
  • Studying at one of the following universities: WITS, UJ, UCT, NMMU, Rhodes, UWC, Stellenbosch, UFS or UP
  • Applicants must be under the age of 23 in the year of their application
  • South African Citizenship
  • The application closing date is 18 August 2017

FAQs

General Questions

The Foundation operates in countries where Allan Gray Limited is represented and, therefore, offers the Fellowship to citizens of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland.

Yes. As long as you are 21 years or younger if you are a matriculant, or 22 years and younger if you are applying as a first-year university student, or 23 years and younger if you are applying as a second-year student.Yes. As long as you are 21 years or younger if you are a matriculant, or 22 years and younger if you are applying as a first-year university student, or 23 years and younger if you are applying as a second-year student.

We do not provide funding as all our resources are directed into the Scholarship, Fellowship and Association programmes.

We do not provide donations as all our resources are directed into the Scholarship, Fellowship and Association programmes.

The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation invests in individuals who display entrepreneurial potential. The Scholarship and Fellowship programmes aim to cultivate (grow) that potential further. We believe that an entrepreneurial mindset can benefit an employee and a business owner. So the question should rather be, do you want to make a difference?

No. Selection is based on the region’s demographics, which means that all races are welcome to apply.

We award up to 100 Fellowships every year.

No. You will not have to work for either organisation upon completing your studies. There are no post-study contractual obligations.

Yes. In addition to the mandatory requirements we consider the following:

  • Have you played any leadership roles at school or university as either a prefect, member of the SRC, or sports team captain?
  • Have you attained any formal school or university awards within the Academics, Cultural or Service fields?
  • In the last three 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)?
  • 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 aware of the emotions of those around you and do you react appropriately?
  • Do you display an ability to be flexible and adaptable to 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?

Grade 12 Questions

Yes. We don’t require you to work for our associated companies or us, and so we are not in competition with any other institutions as far as the Fellowship is concerned.

But, it’s possible that your current bursary might have restrictions so please follow up with your existing donor.

Yes. There are compulsory activities and events that form part of the Entrepreneurial and Personal Development Programme.

Yes. Each Candidate Fellow is evaluated annually based on academic performance as well as performance and participation in the Entrepreneurial and Personal Development Programmes.

First- and Second-Year Questions

Yes. Please note that we will evaluate you based on the noticeable development and improvement that has taken place in your life since your previous application, both from an entrepreneurial and academic perspective. You will also be required to complete a new application form reflecting these developments.

Unfortunately not. The opportunity is only available to first- and second-year students.

The Fellowship is only available to first- and second-year students at the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS), the University of Johannesburg (UJ), the University of Pretoria (UP), the University of Cape Town (UCT), Stellenbosch University (SU), the University of the Western Cape (UWC), the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), Rhodes University (RU), TSiBA and the University of the Free State (UFS).

Due to the nature of the Entrepreneurial and Personal Development Programme, we are only able to offer opportunities to those at universities closest to our infrastructure hubs.

No. You need to have a minimum of a 65% average in your mid-year exams to be eligible to apply.

Yes. Please note that you will be assessed on your current degree stream performance and evaluated on your June exam results. We will also consider your Grade 12 results.

Questions from Teachers

The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation’s application form can be quite daunting for students who are not familiar with such forms. Familiarise yourself with the selection criteria to provide some insight to the students during completion of the application form. You could also provide your learners with the Educator’s Reference, which is part of the application form.

The Circle of Excellence membership is awarded to those schools that have provided the highest number of successful applicants to the Allan Gray Fellowship. The more successful applicants who become Allan Gray Fellows from your school, the higher your chances of becoming a member of the Circle of Excellence.

At this stage the Foundation does not get involved in curriculum development at the school level, but we are aware of other organisations who might be able to assist. Contact us on info@allangrayorbis.org for more information.

Unfortunately not. Academic excellence is one of the key criteria for success in our programmes.

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