Apply for 2017 Allen Gray Entrepreneurship Scholarship/Fellowship for Southern Africans

Each year the Allen Gray Orbis Foundation offers Allen Gray Fellowship to Southern African, Namibia Botswana, and Swaziland grade 12 and 1st year university students to develop Future High Impact Responsible Entrepreneurs

Application Deadline: Varies by country (see below)

Offered annually? Yes

Eligible Countries: Citizens of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland (Only South African citizens are eligible to apply. Application for other countries aren’t set for now. Please check back in coming weeks).

Field of Study: All areas of studies is accepted

About Fellowship: the Allan Grey Orbis Foundation offers the exceptional Allan Gray fellowship to southern Africa’s pioneering bright students. This initiative aims to develop students known as Allan grey candidates fellows, into southern Africa’s future high impact responsible entrepreneurs.

Every year the foundation selects the best and the most ambitious grade 12 and first year university students from southern Africa, Namibia Botswana and Swaziland to join its vibrant community of Allen grey candidate fellows.

The fellowship includes comprehenship tertiary education, financial support alongside exposure to thought leaders, mentorship and entrepreneurial mind set development. Asses to post graduate funding are available to those who have excelled in their tertiary studies and the fellowship program.

Offered Since: not specified

To be taken at (country): 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).


  • 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.

Selection Criteria

Fellowship Applicants must show a track record of leadership or being entrepreneurially minded. The Foundation framework to measure as follows:

  • Achievement Excellence: the on-going 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 happens and celebrates the satisfaction of bringing new things into being. Independent, proactive and self-starting.


Number of Awards: The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation awards up to one hundred Fellowships every year.

Value of Award: 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.


Grade 12: 12th May 2017. (South Africa), not set yet     (Swaziland & Botswana), To Be Confirmed (Namibia)

1st Year University: 18th August 2017 (South Africa)

How to Apply: 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).

Visit Fellowship Webpage for details to apply

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