Jakes Gerwel Fellowship Programme for Young South Africans

Jakes Gerwel Fellowship Programme for Young South Africans

  • Are you in Grade 12? Are you currently in your 1st year at UCT or UP? If so, Jakes Gerwel Fellowship has a mission for you to tackle one of the biggest megatrends of your generation.

  • We are inviting you to be at the forefront of solving some of the most significant educational challenges in South Africa.

  • Jakes Gerwel Fellowship is a full university scholarship that provides extensive mentoring and leadership development for top learners with a passion for teaching and education. At the heart of what we do is nurturing expert teachers who embrace innovation and can lead the kind of change that our educational sector so desperately requires. In short, we want to make the strongest possible case and provide the greatest possible support for our best students to become our best teachers.

  • Founded in 2017, Jakes Gerwel Fellowship is fully funded by Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Endowment Teaching Initiative. The beneficiaries benefit from a world-class Fellowship program that provides access to personal coaches, mentors, and expert teachers, along with elective activities.

  • Graduates who have completed their undergraduate degrees, qualify as high school teachers through a PGCE and then enter a 2-year induction
    phase as they are placed in partner schools as newly qualified teachers. Ongoing support and development will continue to be offered through communities of practice.

  • Jakes Gerwel Fellowship is named to honour the high impact legacy of Professor Jakes Gerwel, a teacher and educational leader who was one of President Mandela’s closest confidants.


  • The entry point into the Jakes Gerwel Fellowship is either as a student in the final year of undergraduate studies to be part of the PGCE intake.

  • Alternatively, if one is a graduate under the age of 30 years old, they may may apply for the Fellowship.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Jakes Gerwel Fellowship Programme for Young South Africans

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