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Allan Gray Entrepreneurship Scholarship/Fellowship for South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland Students

The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation  is offering  Allan Gray Fellowship to Southern Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland Grade 12 and 1st Year University students to develop future high impact responsible entrepreneurs. World Scholarship Forum is highly please to bring this to you.

What You Need To Know About Allan Gray Foundation Scholarship

The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation offers the exceptional Allan Gray Fellowship to Southern Africa’s pioneering bright young students. This initiative aims to develop students, known as Allan Gray Candidate Fellows, into Southern Africa’s future high impact responsible entrepreneurs.

Every year, the Foundation selects the best and most ambitious Grade 12 and first year university students from Southern Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland 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.

Level/Field of study:

The scholarships are available for fellowship all areas of studies

Host Nationality:

The Allan Gray Fellowship is available to 1st year students at

  • University of the Witwatersrand (WITS),
  • University of Johannesburg (UJ),
  • University of Pretoria (UP),
  • University of Cape Town (UCT),
  • Stellenbosch University (SU),
  • University of the Western Cape (UWC),
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU)
  • Rhodes University (RU).

Eligible Nationality:

Scholarship is open to Citizens of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland (Only South African citizens are eligible to apply.

Scholarship Benefits:

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.



The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for the scholarship:
An applicant is eligible for the award of a scholarship in a year if, in that year, the applicant:

  • 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.
  • 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

Application Procedure: 

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 (ONLY SOUTH AFRICAN APPLICATIONS HAVE BEEN SET FOR NOW. This site will be updated with changes in the Application Process).

Application Deadline:

Application Deadline: Varies by country (see below)

May 2018. (South Africa), Not set yet (Swaziland & Botswana), To Be Confirmed (Namibia)

18th August 2018 (South Africa)

Visit Fellowship Webpage for details to apply


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