What is the Absa Fellowship Programme?

Absa Fellows are the few who are ready to reach their full potential and make Africa a better place. They are brave and passionate leaders that are ready to go beyond the standards of what is attainable; to move humanity forward in ways that have not yet been discovered; to reframe, reimagine and reshape society. Through academic funding and expert guidance, the Absa Fellowship Programme helps these leaders to rise and steer this continent to a brighter future. 

The Absa Fellowship Programme:
  • Advances education
  • Drives transformative collaboration
  • Develops capable leadership
  • Facilitates progressive thinking.

The Absa Fellowship journey will coincide with the duration of a student’s undergraduate studies, with candidates ultimately emerging as private or public sector leaders in their chosen industries able to actively shape their societies, promote sustainability and bring possibility to life in ways the world hasn’t seen before.

What does the Programme offer?

The Absa Fellowship Programme is much more than just an ordinary scholarship or bursary initiative. While successful candidates will receive financial support towards their academic studies, they will also be expected to actively participate in a specially curated leadership development programme created by Absa.

The following will be covered:

Academic costs
  • Full tuition
  • Accommodation (University & Private Landlord agreement)
  • Laptop
  • Textbooks & Educational equipment
  • Meal Allowance
  • Monthly stipend
  • 5GB data monthly
  • Student Medical Aid Cover
Leadership programme
  • Travel, if required
  • Learner modules and guides
  • Online lectures and assessments
  • Emotional wellness check-in sessions, academic tutoring and mentoring 

The Programme will provide a platform for participants to “engage the world to change the world” by creating their own content and posing their own questions, as well as an emotional and academic wellness support structure.

What are the criteria to apply?

A potential Absa Fellow is:
  • African
  • A leader
  • A catalyst for change
  • Humble and passionate
  • Studying towards an undergraduate degree in:
  1. Science
  2. Technology
  3. Engineering
  4. Creative Arts
  5. Mathematics
  6. Humanities (Social Sciences)
  7. Digital/Data Design
  • At one of the following pre-selected universities in South Africa:
  1. University of the Witwatersrand
  2. University of Johannesburg
  3. University of Pretoria
  4. University of KwaZulu Natal
  5. University of Cape Town
  6. University of Stellenbosch
  • Brave and ready to embrace possibility
  • Ethical and socially conscious
  • A strong student with a Grade 12/Matric (or equivalent) average of 65% or more
  • Between the age of 18 and 25 years
  • A citizen one of the following countries:
  1. South Africa
  2. Mozambique
  3. Zambia
  4. Botswana
  5. Tanzania
  6. Kenya
  7. Mauritius
  8. Seychelles
  9. Uganda
  10. Ghana
  • Entering the first year of tertiary studies, with provisional or full acceptance from Absa’s pre-selected universities.


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