The Allan Gray Orbis Fellowship Bursary is a program that aims to equip university students with an entrepreneurial mindset and the necessary tools to succeed in their respective industries. This article provides an overview of the program, its focus on cultivating entrepreneurship, and the support it provides to its fellows.
The Focus of the Fellowship Program
The Fellowship Program’s primary focus is to develop entrepreneurship skills in candidate fellows. By the end of the program, they should have an entrepreneurial mindset that enables them to create value through responsible entrepreneurship. They should see entrepreneurship as a viable career path and be able to turn an idea into a viable opportunity. The entrepreneurial mindset development curriculum is disseminated via the AGOF Online Campus.
Comprehensive Assistance for Successful Applicants
Each candidate fellow is allocated a Personal Development Officer to help them adjust to their new environment. They also have an Entrepreneurial Leadership Officer to help them develop their entrepreneurial muscles, and an industry mentor to deepen their understanding of entrepreneurial traits and concepts in the working world.
Requirements and Eligibility
Applicants with a combined annual household income of R1 million or less receive full funding. Those with a higher combined annual household income are eligible for needs-based funding. 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 the 11 partner universities.
11 Partner Universities of the Allan Gray Orbis Fellowship Bursary
The 11 partner universities of the Allan Gray Orbis Fellowship Bursary are located in Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and Free State. They include Rhodes University, Nelson Mandela University, University of Cape Town, University of the Western Cape, TSiBA, Stellenbosch University, University of Johannesburg, University of Pretoria, University of the Witwatersrand, University of KwaZulu-Natal, and the University of the Free State.
How to Apply for the Allan Gray Orbis Fellowship Bursary
Interested candidates can apply for the Allan Gray Orbis Fellowship Bursary online or submit their application by hand or post before or on 28 April 2023, 17:00 SAST. 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.
The Allan Gray Orbis Fellowship Bursary is an excellent opportunity for South African university students who aspire to become responsible entrepreneurs. The Fellowship covers tuition and living expenses for successful applicants with a combined annual household income of R1 million or less. Needs-based funding is available for those with higher combined annual household incomes. If you meet the application requirements, you can apply online or submit your application by hand or post.