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To help grow South Africa’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation – a Foundation committed to investing in the education and development of individuals with entrepreneurial potential in Southern Africa – invites eligible, would-be entrepreneurs to enlist on its 2019 Fellowship Programme. Applications open on 9 January 2019, and Grade 12s, as well as first and second year university students, are urged to apply.
The Foundation takes a holistic approach to entrepreneurial development and believes that entrepreneurially-minded individuals, with ethical values and strong leadership skills, hold the key to change in South Africa and the globe. The 2019 Fellowship theme – Earn your stripes – falls in-line with the Foundation’s five pillars which include: Achievement Excellence; Intellectual Imagination; Personal Initiative; Spirit of Significance and Courageous Commitment. Further, these five pillars also encompass the Foundation’s values and represent the traits it seeks and aims to develop in beneficiaries.
The Fellowship Programme is one of three programmes the Foundation offers in pursuit of creating a pipeline of responsible entrepreneurs. Through its Scholarship Programme, the Foundation offers high school scholarships to learners who are in financial need; have a curious, entrepreneurial mindset; and are high academic achievers. The programme focuses on nurturing the entrepreneurial mindset, personal mastery and academic excellence of scholars. Fellowship recipients, known as Allan Gray Candidate Fellows, receive funding for university studies as well as access to support and development to cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset. Much like the scholarship, personal leadership and academic excellence is central to the Fellowship Programme. As a follow-on programme, the Association of Allan Gray Fellows is made up of Fellows who have completed the Fellowship Programme and have either pursued further studies, entered the world of work or started a business. The purpose of the Association is to provide support for each Fellow’s lifelong entrepreneurial journey.
Accordingly, the Fellowship Programme gives students a stepping-stone to nurture their entrepreneurial potential in order for them to grow into well-rounded, responsible entrepreneurs – but not before a rigorous selection process to ensure the right candidates are selected.
Tick-box criteria for Grade 12s:
Tick-box criteria for 1st year students:
Tick-box criteria for 2nd-year students: