Jakes Gerwel Fellowship, founded in 2017, is fully funded by the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Endowment and named in honour of Professor Jakes Gerwel, a teacher, educational leader and close confidant of the late Nelson Mandela. 

Scholarship beneficiaries commence their studies at the University of Pretoria or the University of Cape Town, towards a Bachelor of Arts, Science or Commerce degree. Apart from full funding, students also have access to personal coaches, mentors and expert teachers. When students have completed their 3 year degree, they qualify as high school teachers through a PGCE and are placed in partner schools.