Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Bursaries 2025

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Established in 2005 by the visionary entrepreneur and philanthropist, Allan William Buchanan Gray, the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Bursaries stand as a glimmer of light and empowerment for South African youth aspiring to realize their full potential amidst socioeconomic challenges. Rooted in the profound belief that education is the cornerstone of sustainable development, the Foundation's bursary program embodies a rich history of fostering academic excellence, leadership, and entrepreneurial spirit among young minds. Originally founded under the name Allan Gray Foundation, it evolved into the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation in 2008 with the strategic partnership between Allan Gray Limited and Orbis Investment Management Limited, further enhancing its reach and impact. With a steadfast commitment to nurturing future leaders and change-makers, the Foundation has since provided comprehensive financial support, mentorship, and experiential learning opportunities to deserving individuals from diverse backgrounds across South Africa. Over the years, the Foundation's bursaries have not only produce academic success but also served as a catalyst for socioeconomic transformation, empowering a generation of bright minds to drive positive change and contribute meaningfully to their communities and the nation at large.

The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Bursaries for 2025 continue the tradition of investing in exceptional individuals who demonstrate the potential to excel academically and make a positive impact on their communities. The bursaries cover a wide range of fields of study, including but not limited to:

1. Engineering

2. Commerce

3. Science

4. Humanities

5. Law

6. Arts

7. Health Sciences (Excluding Veterinary Science, Medicine, and Dentistry)

Expenses Covered by the Bursary

The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Bursaries provide comprehensive financial support to cover various educational expenses, ensuring that recipients can focus on their studies without the burden of financial constraints. The bursary covers:

- Full funding for applicants whose combined annual household income is R1 million (R1 000 000.00) or below.

- Needs-based funding for applicants with a combined annual household income exceeding R1 million (R1 000 000.00).

- Engaging speakers and seminars.

- Interactive workshops.

- Hands-on experiential exercises.

- Access to business incubation services.

- Communication of potential funding opportunities to successful candidate’s post-camp stage.

- Access to business/venture funding through E Squared, a sister entity of the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, available to students in the IVC program and graduates based on the viability of their business idea.

- Personal Leadership Officer providing mentorship.

- Industry mentorship.

- Engaging with a like-minded community.

- Pursuing tertiary qualifications.

- Cultivating responsible thinking and an entrepreneurial mindset.

- Developing into a well-rounded individual.

- Engaging in community-oriented learning.

Requirements and Eligibility

Before submitting your application, it's important to ensure that you meet the minimum entry requirements outlined below. Failure to fulfil any of these criteria will result in your application being ineligible for consideration:

1.Educational Status: You must currently be enrolled in Matric for the academic year 2024.

2. Age Requirement: As of 2024, your age should not exceed 21 years old.

3. Academic Achievement: You need to have attained a minimum of 60% in Mathematics or 80% in Mathematical Literacy in your Grade 11 final examination results. Additionally, your overall average for Grade 11 results (excluding Life Orientation) should be at least 70%

4. Educational Intentions: You should have plans to pursue a degree qualification in one of the specified fields of study in the year 2025

5. Citizenship: You must hold citizenship in South Africa.

6. Choice of Universities: An aspiration to pursue a degree in Commerce, Science, Engineering, Law, Humanities, Arts, or Health Science (excluding Medicine, Veterinary Science, and Dentistry) at University of the Witwatersrand, University of Johannesburg, University of Cape Town, Nelson Mandela University, Rhodes University, University of the Western Cape, Stellenbosch University, University of Pretoria , University of the Free State, University of KwaZulu-Natal , and  TSiBA.

7. Entrepreneurial Drive: You must demonstrate a strong entrepreneurial inclination and passion.

8. Commitment to South Africa: It's essential that you hold a belief in the future prospects of South Africa.

How to Apply

Prospective applicants can apply for the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Bursaries 2025 through the Foundation's online application portal. The application process involves several steps, including:

1. Registering an account on the Foundation's website using the following link: Allan Gray Orbis Foundation website

2.  Download and Complete the online application form, using the following link: Allan Gray Orbis Programme Online Applicaton Website/;Application form

3. Uploading required documents, a certified copy of your grade 11 final academic record if that is your most recent report, a certified copy of your grade 12 academic record, a certified copy identity document, proof of income, and a motivational letter

4. Submitting the application before the closing date

You can submit hard copy applications through one of these methods:

1. By post: Send to Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, Freepost no: CB 11349, Kloof Street, 8008.

2. By hand delivery: Drop off at 1st Floor, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, 1 Protea Place, Cnr of Fredman Drive and Protea Place, Sandton, Johannesburg, 2196.

3. By hand delivery: Drop off at 46 Hof Street, Oranjezicht, Cape Town, 8001.

Closing Date

The closing date for applications for the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Bursaries 2025 is [30 April 2024 before 17:00]. Late applications will not be considered, so prospective applicants are encouraged to adhere to the deadline.

Candidates who are successful in their application will receive invitations for interviews scheduled for July 2024. Those who successfully pass the interview stage will then be invited to attend a selection camp in September 2024.

Contact Details

For more information or inquiries regarding the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Bursaries 2025, please contact:

Allan Gray Orbis Foundation


Cape Town

46 Hof Street, Oranjezicht


Phone:  021 481 5400


1 Protea Place, Cnr of Fredman Drive and Protea Place



Phone: 011 290 4940

Website: Allan Gray Orbis Programme website

The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Bursaries 2025 represent an unparalleled opportunity for young South Africans to pursue their dreams and unlock their full potential. By investing in education and leadership development, the Foundation continues to sow the seeds of a brighter future for generations to come. Apply now and embark on a journey of transformation and empowerment with the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation.

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