Bertha Foundation invites applications for the Bertha Challenge Fellowships for Activists and Investigative Journalists in South Africa in 2022.
The fourth Bertha Challenge will begin in January 2023 with a focus on food, specifically supporting Bertha Fellows to answer the following question:
How is the relationship between politics and corporate control of our food systems contributing to environmental devastation and hunger and how can food production centre people and nutrition rather than profit?
Worth of Award
The fellowship provides
- Income for each Bertha Fellow for one year, not exceeding USD $64,900 and commensurate with the applicant’s current or equivalent salary at the host organization.
- A Project Fund of up to USD $10,000 for each Bertha Fellow to produce their final projects that respond to the question posed by the Bertha Challenge, and that is directed towards a specific audience.
- Access to a Connect Fund of up to USD $5000 specifically designed to encourage collaboration between Fellows
- Regular online discussions with topics on a range of issues from current debates around food to methods of investigation, methods of communicating findings through news media, storytelling, popular education and more.
- Peer and mentor support in the form of regular virtual check-ins with Bertha staff and a cohort of Fellows
- Network development
- A global convening of Bertha Fellows at the start of the Bertha Challenge, and invitations to join alumni convenings after the end of the Fellowship year.
- Bertha Fellows will be selected on individual merit. Selections will also be on their complementary skills to the cohort, their existing and/or proposed networks and prospects. This is in regards to the long-term impact of their work.
- Applicants may come from and work in any country. However, all applicants are expected to be proficient in spoken and written English and able to deliver their final work in English.
How to Apply
All applicants for the Bertha Challenge Fellowships must submit:
- completed online application form
- brief resume/CV in English of no more than three pages
- list of 2-4 referees including name, relationship to applicant and contact details
- signed Memorandum of Understanding from your prospective host organization – including commensurate salary and any benefits provided.
They must also submit examples of previous work.
Deadline: In conclusion, candidates should note that applications close June 26, 2022.