Young entrepreneurs, your opportunity awaits

The applications for the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Fellowship programme are closing shortly and Grade12 learners are urged to apply.

Are you the kind of learner who believes in achieving excellence? Are you courageous, committed and imaginative? If you have the entrepreneurial spirit, you may have what it takes to be one of 300 candidates selected for Southern Africa’s most comprehensive Fellowship Programme. The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation is calling on all young, entrepreneurially-minded Grade 12 learners to apply for the most stimulating Fellowship opportunity before applications close on 15 March 2019.

The Fellowship Programme is one of three programmes the Foundation offers in pursuit of creating a pipeline of responsible entrepreneurs. The Foundation provides Fellowship recipients, known as Allan Gray Candidate Fellows, funding for university studies as well as access to support and development to cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset, these programmes runs throughout the academic year alongside the Candidate Fellow’s university studies.

As a follow-on programme, the Association of Allan Gray Fellows is made up of Fellows who have completed the 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.

Tick-box criteria for Grade 12s:

· Level 5 in Pure Mathematics for Grade 11 final results

· Level 6 average for your final Grade 11 results (excluding Life Orientation)

· Completion of the National Benchmark Test by 30 September 2019

· Under the age of 21 in your application year

· South African citizen

· Intention to study towards a degree in Commerce, Science (excluding Medicine), Engineering, Law or Humanities (majoring in Politics, Philosophy or Economics) at the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS); University of Johannesburg (UJ); University of the Free State (UF); University of Cape Town (UCT); Nelson Mandela University (NMU), Rhodes University; the University of the Western Cape (UWC); University of Stellenbosch, the University of Pretoria (UP), Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA) or University of Kwa Zulu Natal (UKZN).

Selection criteria

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. The Foundation uses the following unique success profile methodology to select candidates:

· General knowledge – candidates’ knowledge base

· Experience – activities/engagements candidates have been involved in

· Competencies – how candidates perform in relation to the Foundation’s five pillars

· Personal attributes – candidates’ personality

· Potential – candidates’ cognitive and entrepreneurial potential

How to apply

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