Absa Fellowship

Who we are

Absa is ready to shape a new crop of change architects by way of the opportunity of a lifetime: a fully-funded Fellowship that encompasses an exclusive Leadership Development Programme.

The Absa Fellowship Programme is open to candidates between the ages of 18 and 25 years, and is geared towards students who possess unique leadership qualities, and also have a final year school mark of at least 65%. Candidates should be entering their first year of undergraduate studies in 2024. They must also have provisional or full acceptance from a public university in South Africa.

Requirements and eligibility

The Absa Fellowship Programme is open to learners who are citizens of the following African countries: Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.


A potential Absa Fellow must be:


  • A leader
  • A catalyst for change
  • Humble and passionate
  • Brave and ready to embrace possibility
  • Ethical and socially conscious
  • Between the ages of 18 and 25 years
  • A strong student with a Grade 12/Matric (or equivalent) average of 65% or more
  • Entering the first year of tertiary studies, with provisional or full acceptance from a public university in South Africa


Potential Fellows must be studying towards an undergraduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, Creative Arts, Mathematics, Humanities (Social Sciences), Entrepreneurship, or Digital/Data Design.

What we offer

The Absa Fellowship Programme goes beyond traditional scholarships. Absa Fellows not only receive financial support covering university tuition fees, but they are also afforded exclusive access to a Leadership Development Programme that nurtures their leadership skills, offers academic tutoring, emotional wellness support, and so much more. 


Here’s a list of the benefits covered by the programme

Academic Costs:


  • Full tuition
  • Accommodation (University and private landlord agreement)
  • Laptop
  • Textbooks and educational equipment
  • Meal allowance
  • Monthly stipend
  • 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 

Apply now

If you embody the qualities of leadership, passion, and humility, and you are committed to positive change, click the button below and apply now!