Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Fellowship in South Africa, 2014

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Each year Allan Gray Orbis Foundation offers fellowship for the students of Southern Africa and Swaziland. The fellowship is only available to Grade 12 and first year university students. Foundation awards up to one hundred fellowships which runs throughout the year. The fellowship will cover tuition, residence and a book allowance as well as a monthly stipend. The Fellowship includes comprehensive tertiary education financial support alongside exposure to thought leaders, mentorship and entrepreneurial mindset development.

Study Subject (s): Fellowship is awarded to study Commerce, Science (excluding medicine), Engineering, Law or Humanities (Majoring in Politics, Philosophy or Economics).
Course Level: The Allan Gray Fellowship is only available to Grade 12 and first year university students at the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS), the University of Johannesburg (UJ), the University of Pretoria (UP), the University of Cape Town (UCT), Stellenbosch University (SU), the University of the Western Cape (UWC), the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and Rhodes University (RU).
Scholarship Provider: Allan Gray Orbis Foundation
Scholarship can be taken at: South Africa

Eligibility: Interested candidates 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 Southern Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland.
Mandatory Requirements: South Africa (Grade 12)
-Belief in the future of your country
-An ambassador of the Foundation’s intended profile (refer to General Selection Criteria above)
-Intention to study for a Commerce, Science (excluding Medicine), Engineering, Law or Humanities (majoring in Politics, Philosophy, or Economics) degree at WITS, UJ, UCT, NMMU, Rhodes or UP
-Minimum C (level 5) in Pure Mathematics for Grade 11 results
-Minimum B (Level 6) average for Grade 11 results (excluding Life Orientation)
-Complete the National Benchmark Test by 31 July 2014
-Candidates must not be older than 21 years of age in 2014 and South Africa (1st Year University):
-Minimum of 65% average for  your mid-year exam results (June)
-Applicant not older than 22 in 2014
Mandatory Requirements: Swaziland Grade 12
-For learners currently in A/S, A Level, Grade 12 IEB, I/B or Equivalent the following applies to you:
-Citizenship of Swaziland
-Belief in the future of your country
-An ambassador of the Foundation’s intended profile (refer to General Selection Criteria above)
-Minimum C in Mathematics for Form 4 and minimum B average for Form 4 results
-Minimum C in Mathematics for Form 5 and minimum B average for Form 5 results
-Intention to study for a Commerce, Science (excluding medicine), Engineering, Law or Humanities (Majoring in Politics, Philosophy or Economics) degree at WITS, UJ, UCT, NMMU, Rhodes or UP
-Certified copies of academic/extra-curricular awards/recognition must be provided
-Candidates must not be older than 21 years of age in 2014.

Scholarship Open for International Students: Students from Southern Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland can apply for the Allan Gray Fellowship.

Scholarship Description: The Foundation offers the exceptional Allan Gray Fellowship to Southern Africa’s pioneering bright young students. This initiative aims to develop students, known as Allan Gray Candidate Fellows, into Southern Africa’s future high impact entrepreneurial leaders. Every year, the Foundation selects the best and most ambitious Grade 12 and first year university students from Southern Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland to join its vibrant community of Allan Gray Candidate Fellows. The Fellowship includes comprehensive financial support alongside exposure to thought leaders, mentorship and entrepreneurial mindset development. Access to postgraduate funding is available to those who have excelled in their tertiary studies and the Fellows Programme. The Fellowship’s vision is to create and support a vibrant community of emerging high impact entrepreneurial leaders so that Candidate Fellows become individuals who will significantly impact and positively change the world around them. The Fellowship aims to support Candidate Fellows in their academic, personal and entrepreneurial leadership development whilst they are at university.

Number of award(s): The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation awards up to one hundred Fellowships every year.

Duration of award(s): The Fellowship runs throughout the year and includes seminars, guest speakers, experiential learning activities and project based deliverables.

What does it cover? 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.

Selection Criteria: Fellowship Applicants need to be able to show a track record of leadership or being entrepreneurially minded. The Foundation’s framework to measure this as follows:
-Achievement Excellence: The ongoing 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, realizing 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 happen and celebrates the satisfaction of bringing new things into being. Independent, proactive and self-starting.

Notifications: Short-listed candidates will be contacted for a telephone interview and request of reference letters.

How to Apply: Applicant can apply by post or email.

Scholarship Application Deadline: Application deadline for South Africa is 30th April 2014 (grade 12) and 29th August 2014 ( 1 year) and for Swaziland is 30 May 2014.

Note: Applications for Namibia and Botswana will be open soon.

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