Allan Gray Orbis Fellowship Bursary for South African Students

A total of 100 Allan Gray Orbis fellowship bursary for South African students are awarded each year for academically strong and deserving students who are currently in their 1st or 2nd year of tertiary studies. This year’s application is open until August 17th so you still have time to apply should you be interested!


The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation is aimed to help students who are the future entrepreneurs of Southern Africa. It was established in 2005 by Allan Gray who had a dream to create a sustainable contribution to South Africa. It now operates in 4 countries, namely Namibia, South Africa, Botswana and Swaziland. The funding the foundation receives comes from the donation of Allan Gray Limited’s taxed profits. The Allan Gray Orbis fellowship bursary for South African students is available for students studying in one of the following fields:

  • Science (this excludes medicine)
  • Law
  • Commerce
  • Humanities such as politics, philosophy or economics
  • Engineering

The bursary will cover tuition fees, accommodation, prescribed books, monthly living stipend, meals, tutor allowance as well as other non-financial support such as academic support, access to an entrepreneurial and development program and mentorship.

Eligibility Criteria:

It is mandatory that applicants satisfy all these minimum requirements before applying to ensure they are eligible for the bursary.

  • Have entrepreneurial passion and flair
  • South African citizen
  • No older than 22 years old for 1st year students and 23 years old for 2nd year students in 2018
  • Achieved at least 65% average overall for mid-year results in 2018 for first year students and add the final results in 2017 for second year students
  • Believe in the future of South Africa
  • Have qualities such as courageous, personal initiative, committed, intellectual Imagination, achievement excellence significance,
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Students must be enrolled in one of the following universities: University of Johannesburg, University of Witwatersrand, University of Pretoria, Rhodes University, university of Cape Town, University of the Free State, Stellenbosch University, University of the Western Cape, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

How to Apply

Students must apply online here. during their applications, students must submit the following supporting documents. Failure in complying with these requirements will lead to your application not being considered for the bursary.

  • Certified copy of ID document
  • Recent photo (passport size)
  • Certified copy of grade 12 final academic record
  • Certified copy of full tertiary record to date
  • A reference from an educator. It must be signed, stamped and sealed in a separate envelope

Second year students must also include the following documents:

  • Certified copy of final academic record of their first year

The closing date for the Allan Gray Orbis fellowship bursary for South African students is on August 17, 2018. Applications that are received after the deadline will not be accepted nor be considered for the bursary. It is your responsibility to make sure that your application is submitted before the closing date.

Should you have any enquiries regarding the Allan Gray Orbis fellowship bursary program, you can contact directly to the Foundation:

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 086 123 9235