Allan Gray Orbis Foundation opens applications for aspiring entrepreneurs

Applicants can visit to download an application form, or to apply online.

The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation is calling on learners who are aspiring entrepreneurs from the matric class of 2023 to apply for the Foundation’s University Fellowship. Applications are open from 6 February to 28 April.

For learners living in households below the R1 million annual income threshold, full funding including tuition, residence, books, tuition, counselling, and monthly stipend costs will be provided. Learners from households above this income threshold are also welcome to apply and upon acceptance, the value of their fellowship funding will then be determined on an individualised needs basis.

According to a statement released by the foundation, this global best practice three-step funding model is based on guiding principles that admissions are purely merit-based and funding is entirely needs-based to ensure that all eligible recipients of the fellowship, known as Candidate Fellows, can access the entrepreneurial programmes.

The programme focuses on both academic support and personal development with access to a dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystem that can support them as they go on to generate ideas, start ventures and grow enterprises with purpose.

Fellowship Applications Requirements include:

  • South African citizenship
  • 21 years of age or younger in 2023
  • Minimum of 60% in pure Mathematics or a minimum of 80% in Mathematical Literacy for final grade 11 results
  • Minimum average of 70% for final grade 11 results (excluding Life Orientation)
  • Intention to study towards a Commerce, Science (excluding Medicine, Veterinary Science and Dentistry); Engineering, Law, Humanities or Arts Degree at any of our partner universities, including the University of the Witwatersrand, the University of Johannesburg, the University of Cape Town, Nelson Mandela University, Rhodes University, the University of the Western Cape, Stellenbosch University, the University of Pretoria, the University of the Free State, or University of KwaZulu-Natal.
  • Indications of an entrepreneurial mind-set
  • Belief in the future of South Africa

Applications are accepted between 6 February 2023 and 28 April 2023, 17:00 SAST.  Applicants can visit to download an application form, or to apply online.

Compiled by Bonolo Moloi