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Joshua Mirkin

South Africa & University of Cape Town, 2020

Joshua Mirkin is an Oceanography student studying towards his masters at University of Cape Town (UCT). Through his studies, he wishes to gain a rounded, in depth understanding of the physical world in which we all live. He has an interest in examining the way we, as humans, interact with, adapt to, influence and change our environment.

In addition to his studies, Joshua participates within his community as a peer mediator, student support officer, tutor and radio talk-show host. He has previously held positions such as content manager at UCT Radio, logistics coordinator at the Thethani Debating League and orientation leader through both the Science Faculty and international programs office of UCT.

Joshua is supportive, inquisitive, passionate and an eager learner. He embraces every opportunity to grow personally, academically and emotionally. He values engaging with others in an open, honest, empathetic and vulnerable way, allowing both him and others to gain insight into themselves and their effect on those around them.

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We look for young Africans who have demonstrated the potential to embody our founding principles of reconciliation, education, entrepreneurship, and leadership.

On 1 January 2024, I will be between the age of 19 and 29

I am a citizen of an African country

I have an undergraduate degree with above-average academic results (70% + or Upper Second Class Honours)


We look for young leaders who aspire to the principles below and who have demonstrated the potential to live them out.


Do you aspire to be a visionary leader who has moral authority? Do you see leadership as more than just personal ambition - as a way to pursue the advancement of equality and freedom, human rights and human dignity? And do you want to guide and inspire others to reach their full potential?


Do you admire Nelson Mandela’s ability to bridge historic divides through our common humanity? Do you believe that reconciliation and reparation are the key to transforming our societies so that everyone can have equal opportunity to thrive? And are you prepared to begin by grappling with your own internal divides and difficulties first?


Do you have excellent academic results, but believe that your education should not only benefit you but make a difference to others? And do you understand that intellectual excellence must be accompanied by character and a rounded personality?


Do you want to see Africa take its rightful place as an equal and competitive presence in the global world? Have you demonstrated individual effort, innovation and creativity to this end?


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