2015 Allan Gray Fellowship for Southern Africa’s Brightest Young Students

Application Deadline:

South Africa Grade 12: Wednesday, 30 April 2015
South Africa 1st year University Students: Friday, 31 August 2015.

The 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.

Mandatory Requirements for South Africa Grade 12

  • Citizens of South Africa
  • Belief in the future of your country
  • An ambassador of the Foundation’s intended profile (refer to General Selection Criteria above)
  • Intention to study for a degree in Commerce, Science (excluding Medicine), Engineering, Law or Humanities (majoring in Politics, Philosophy, or Economics) degree at WITS, UJ, UCT, NMMU, Rhodes, UWC, Stellenbosch or UP
  • Level 5 in Pure Mathematics for Grade 11 results
  • Level 6 average for Grade 11 results (excluding Life Orientation)
  • Completion of the National Benchmark Test by 31 July 2015
  • You cannot be older than 21 years of age in the year of your application

Mandatory Requirements for South Africa 1st Year University Students

  • Citizens of South Africa
  • Belief in the future of your country
  • An ambassador of the Foundation’s intended profile (see General Selection Criteria above)
  • Studying towards a degree in Commerce, Science (excluding Medicine), Humanities (majoring Politics, Philosophy or Economics),  Engineering or Law
  • Studying at the following universities WITS, UJ, UCT,NMMU, Rhodes, UWC, Stellenbosch, TSiBA, UFS or UP
  • Minimum average of 65% for your 2015 mid-year (June) exam results
  • You cannot be older than 22 years of age in the year of your application

What it Covers

  • The Allan Gray Fellowship consists of an Entrepreneurial and Personal Development Programme, as part of a full undergraduate university scholarship. The Fellowship Programme runs throughout the year, alongside tertiary studies and includes seminars, guest speakers, experiential learning activities and project based deliverables.
  • The Fellowship also includes Mentoring both from individually assigned Foundation employed staff and a Mentor with specific industry experience, that will assist the Candidate Fellow in their development.
  • The Candidate Fellow’s university studies are covered by a full undergraduate scholarship that includes tuition, university residence and a book allowance as well as a monthly stipend.
  • This support is to ensure that the Candidate Fellow is able to purely focus on their academics and entrepreneurial development. For top performing Candidate Fellows, potential future scholarships are available for postgraduate studies.

General Selection Criteria

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

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Allan Gray Foundation Fellowships for South Africans

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