Wits Journalism and Rhodes universities in South Africa are inviting applications for the Open Society Investigative Journalism Fellowships in 2020.

These 18-month Fellowships offer an opportunity to young journalists to enter the world of in-depth investigative reporting by learning cutting-edge investigative, digital, multimedia and storytelling skills. It is a partnership between the Open Society Foundations for South Africa and East Africa, Wits and Rhodes universities.

Successful candidates will do either the Wits BA Hons in Journalism or the MA, with a specialization in investigative journalism. It includes a semester at Rhodes University doing an in-depth project and attendance at two high-level international training conferences.

Worth of Award

Fellows will be fully sponsored, including a six-month internship and a stipend.


To be considered eligible;

  • Candidates for the BA Hons must have a minimum of two years of journalism or relevant experience and be eligible for Wits Journalism’s mid-career Honours programme: you must either have an undergraduate degree with 65% or better or pass through an RPL entrance test.
  • Candidates for the MA must have at least two years of journalism or relevant experience and be eligible for Wits Journalism’s MA programme: an equivalent of our BA Hons with 65% or better.
  • This is an affirmative action programme and black and female candidates will be favored.
  • Four of the positions will be reserved for South African residents, and the fifth is open to candidates from the African continent.

How to Apply

To apply for this fellowship, applicants should submit;

  • A full CV,
  • Supporting documentation and
  • Two recommendations must be sent by the deadline to [email protected].
Deadline: Application closes September 21, 2019.

Click here for more details and to apply

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