The 2013 Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Fellowship for South Africans (South Africans, Namibians, Botswanans and Swazis)

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 entrepreneurial leaders.

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.

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The Fellowship includes comprehensive 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 Fellows Programme.

 What it Covers

The Allan Gray Fellowship consists of an Entrepreneurial, Leadership and a Personal Development Programme, as part of a full undergraduate university scholarship. The Fellowship runs throughout the year 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 Fellow in their development.

The Fellow’s university studies are covered by a full undergraduate scholarship that includes tuition, residence and a book allowance as well as a monthly stipend. This support is to ensure that the Fellow is able to purely focus on their academics and entrepreneurial and leadership development. For top performing Fellows, future scholarships are available for postgraduate studies that are in line with potential impact, if the Fellow proves their ability during the undergraduate degree. This opportunity extends to the possibility of international study.

How to Apply

Interested candidates 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 Southern Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland. The Fellowship is the most comprehensive tertiary opportunity for talented potential high-impact individuals. The Fellowship selection team aims to correctly select talented individuals from the Southern African region so that the Fellowship is awarded to individuals that are most able to leverage this opportunity.

Application Process – South Africa Grade 12

Application deadline for South Africa is 30 April 2013

  • Download and complete an application form. You can also SMS “Gr12 and your Fax Nr. or email address” to 36777 to have an application form faxed or emailed to you
  • Submit a hard copy of your application form before or on the closing date to, 46 Hof Street, Oranjezicht, Cape Town or to 8th Floor, Forum Building, Maude Street, Sandton. Alternatively post it to Allan Gray Orbis Free Post License No. CB11349, Kloof Street, 8008
  • If you are in Grade 12, write the National Benchmarking Test by 30 July 2013.

Application Process – Namibia

Application deadline for Namibia is 28 June 2013

  • Download and complete an application form or email alvinah@allangrayobis.org or ndatalan@allangrayorbis.org or call (061) 221103 to have an application form faxed to you.
  • Submit a hardcopy application form by or before 28 June 2013 to 100 Robert Mugabe Street, Heritage Square Unit 1, Floor 1, Windhoek. Alternatively, post your application to P.O. Box 230, Windhoek, Namibia.
  • Successful applicants will be interviewed in August 2013.
  • Before the interview you will write the National Bench Marking Test.
  • Successful interviewed candidates will attend a 3 day camp at the end of November 2013. Fellows are chosen after the camp(s).

    Application Process – Botswana

    Application deadline for Botswana is 31 May 2013

    • Download and complete an application form.
    • Post your application form to Allan Gray Orbis Free Post License No. CB11349, Kloof Street, 8008 before 31 May 2013
    • Write the National Benchmark Test, which will be administered by the Foundation during your interview.

    Application process  – Swaziland

    Application closing date for Swaziland is 31 May 2013.

    • Download and complete an application form.
    • Post your application form by 31 May 2013 to Allan Gray Orbis Free Post License No. CB11349, Kloof Street, 8008 before 31 May 2013.
    • Write the National Benchmark Test, which will be administered by the Foundation during your interview.

For More Information: Eligibility Criteria and Application Procedure Visit the Allan Gray Fellowship Webpage

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