Apply for the 2023 Allan Gray Foundation Fellowship

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Applications for the 2023 Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Fellowship programme are now open!

The Fellowship Programme focuses on developing entrepreneurship skills among Candidate Fellows. By the end of the program, they are expected to view entrepreneurship as a viable career path and have the ability to develop an idea into a viable opportunity. The curriculum for their entrepreneurial mindset is disseminated via the AGOF Online Campus.

Each candidate in the program is paired with a Personal Development Officer to assist with the transition into a new environment, an Entrepreneurial Leadership Officer to develop their entrepreneurial skills, and an industry mentor to deepen their understanding of entrepreneurial traits and concepts in the working world.

What the fellowship covers

The Fellowship Programme provides full funding for applicants with a combined annual household income of R1 million or less. Needs-based funding is available for those with an income above that threshold, with potential funding communicated at the interview stage.

Fellows receive access to seminars, experiential exercises, workshops, and business incubation. They also have the opportunity to apply for business/venture funding via E Squared, an Allan Gray Orbis Foundation sister entity. Additionally, each Fellow is assigned a Personal Leadership Officer and an industry mentor.

The programme emphasizes responsible thinking and developing an entrepreneurial mindset, while fostering a sense of community among like-minded individuals. Fellows also earn a tertiary qualification and are encouraged to become well-rounded individuals through community-oriented learning.

Fellowship Applications Requirements and Process

  • Achievement of a minimum of 60% in Pure Mathematics OR a minimum of 80% in Mathematical Literacy for final grade 11 results
  • Attainment of a minimum average of 70% for final Grade 11 results (excluding Life Orientation)
  • Age requirement: Applicants must be under the age of 21 in the year of their application
  • Citizenship requirement: Applicants must be South African citizens
  • Intention to pursue a Commerce, Science, Engineering, Law, Humanities, Arts & Health Science (Excluding Medicine, Veterinary Science and Dentistry) degree at any of these institutions: WITS, UJ, UCT, NMU, RU, UWC, SU, UP, UFS or UKZN

Submitting Your Fellowship Application

  • Candidates can submit their application form and supporting documentation either online or via post by 28 April 2023, 17:00 SAST.
  • Successful applicants will be invited for an interview in July 2023.
  • Those who pass the interview will be called to attend a selection camp in September 2023.
  • To ensure that candidates receive the best support and customer service, it’s recommended that they dedicate at least two days to completing the application before the closing date.

Participating (Partner) Universities


  • 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


  • University of the Free State

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