Open Society Fellowships in Investigative Reporting

Deadline: 31 August 2020
Open to: candidates with a minimum of two years of journalism or relevant experience
Benefits: fully funded

Description 

A special and exciting programme to develop a new generation of investigative reporters, a partnership between Wits Journalism, Rhodes School of Journalism and Media Studies and the Open Society Foundation.

Several Open Society Fellowships in Investigative Reporting are available each year for 2019, 2020 and 2021. Each fellowship will last for 18 months, consisting of 12 months’ study, 6 months’ internship and attendance at two international investigative journalism conferences (one in South African and one in the USA/Europe).

Fellows can study either the Wits University BA Hons in Journalism and Media Studies or the MA in Journalism and Media Studies, depending on their previous qualifications and experienced.

Eligibility

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 year 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 favoured. For 2021, there are seven positions, of which one is reserved for candidates from other sub-saharan African countries (travel permitting).

Benefits 

The Fellowship pays all study and travel costs, as well as a stipend for the 18 months.

How to Apply?

Applicants must fill out the form here and submit it, with a full CV, examples of work and two recommendations to  OSF[email protected].

For more information please visit the official web page.