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Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Fellowship 2020/2021


Closing Date: 

October, 2020

Field of Study: 

Bursary Details: 

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 the Allan Gray Fellowship programme.

The Fellowship provides access to quality tertiary education opportunities, 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 is open to students who intend to study towards a degree in Commerce, Science, Engineering, Law, Humanities, Arts and Health Science (excluding medicine, veterinary science and dentistry)

These degrees can be studied at Wits,UCT, UJ, NMU,RU, UWC, UP, UFS, SU and UKZN

Grade 12 applications:
- Closing date - 29 May 2020

First Year applications
-Closing date - 30 October 2020

Candidate Requirements: 

Grade 12 requirements:

  • You must be a South African citizen
  • Level 5 (above 60%) in pure mathematics for final grade 11 results
  • Level 6 (above 70%) for final grade 11 results
  • Must be under the age of 21 in the year of your application

First Year requirements:

  • Must be a South African citizen
  • Minimum average of 65% for June exam results
  • Must be under the age of 22

Bursary Enquiries: 

Scholarship enquiries:

[email protected]

Fellowship enquiries:

[email protected]

Bursary Inclusion: 

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

How to Apply: 

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. Allan Gray is looking for candidates that have a track record of leadership or being entrepreneurially-minded and reflect the core of the values of the 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




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