Due Date: September 21, 2019

Applications are open for the Open Society Investigative Journalism Fellowships 2020 These 18- month Fellowships provide a chance to young reporters to get in the world of extensive investigative reporting by discovering advanced investigative, digital, multimedia and storytelling abilities. It is a collaboration in between the Open Society Foundations for South Africa and East Africa, Wits and Rhodes universities.

5 Open Society Fellowships in Investigative Reporting are offered each year for 2019, 2020 and2021 Each fellowship will last for 18 months, including 12 months’ research study, 6 months’ internship and presence at 2 worldwide investigative journalism conferences (one in South African and one in the USA/Europe).

Fellows can study either the Wits University Bachelor’s Degree Hons in Journalism and Media Research Studies or the MA in Journalism and Media Researches, depending upon their previous credentials and experienced. They will likewise get a certified certificate from a Rhodes PAMS course, a portfolio of work and recommendation letters for their internships.

Course Structure

For the Bachelor’s Degree Hons in Journalism and Media Research studies with an expertise in Investigative Journalism, the program will be comprised of 4 courses and a research study report:

  • Journalism Research Studies
  • Investigative Journalism A
  • Information Journalism
  • and and an option of among Video Journalism, Online Journalism, or Photojournalism

For the MA, the program include 3 courses and a research study report

  • Media and Society
  • Investigative Journalism
  • Information Journalism

Research study report: Based at Rhodes University for a term, the fellows will do a significant investigative task, under private mentorship, together with a self-critical essay and 2 short articles for publication.

The extra aspects will be one worldwide conference picked from:

  • Investigative Press reporters and Editors yearly Information Journalism Conference in March in the U.S.A.
  • IRE’s yearly Investigative Journalism Conference in June in the U.S.A.– (for 2019 and 2021 just)
  • The Worldwide Investigative Journalism Conference, 2019 in Hamburg, 2021 location TBC
  • The African Investigative Journalism Conference held every Oct/Nov at Wits
  • The Principles of Social Responsibility Keeping an eye on course run by PAMS at Rhodes University.

The Rhodes Term

For the equivalent of the Research study Report, the fellows will be based at Rhodes University for 3 months, where they will do a significant examination into a social or service shipment concern, under mentorship. Rhodes University J-School has actually created a three-way collaboration to facilitate this in between themselves, their regional paper Grocott’s Mail, and the general public Service Responsibility Display (PSAM). The trainees will do a three-week course in Principles of Social Responsibility Keeping an eye on to supply a structure for their projec. They will be based at Grocott’s Mail with a mix of mentoring from the Grocott’s editor and the J-School speakers. Their output for evaluation will be a significant examination into the selected subject, a self-critical essay on the task and 2 short articles for Grocott’s Mail on the exact same subject.


After conclusion of their program, the fellows will be put in internships with investigative groups for 6 months. They have collaborations with amaBhungane, Daily Radical, and News24 for this function. Trainees will be anticipated to deal with investigative groups, and produce a portfolio of work at completion of the duration.


  • The Fellowship pays all research study and travel expenses, in addition to a stipend for the 18 months.


  • Prospects for the Bachelor’s Degree Hons need to have a minimum of 2 years of journalism or appropriate experience and be qualified for Wits Journalism’s mid-career Honours program: you need to either have a bachelor’s degree with 65% or much better, or go through an RPL entryway test.
  • Prospects for the MA need to have at least 2 year of journalism or appropriate experience and be qualified for Wits Journalism’s MA program: an equivalent of their Bachelor’s Degree Hons with 65% or much better.
  • This is an affirmative action program and black and female prospects will be favoured. 4 of the positions will be booked for South African homeowners, and the 5th is open to prospects from the African continent.


Applications for 2020, consisting of a complete CV, supporting paperwork and 2 suggestions, need to be sent out to [email protected]

To learn more, check out Open Society Fellowships

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