Application Due Date: Monday, April 8th 2019

The Ruth First fellowship is a prominent award made by the University of Witwatersrand that makes it possible for reporters, authors, scientists, movie makers or professional photographers to pursue extensive tasks that can be provided in methods to affect thinking, conversation and argument in South Africa.

The objective is to support a brand-new generation of public intellectuals efficient in immersing themselves deeply in the most important concerns and concepts of the day, take part in initial research study and to inform fantastic stories — providing their operate in manner ins which can engage a brand-new generation of audiences.

Ruth First was a reporter, activist, scientist and intellectual. She was assassinated in exile by the apartheid federal government.

The fellowship is meant to enable Fellows to pursue a thorough job of initial research study
It needs to be ground-breaking and in keeping with the custom of Ruth.
First’s politically and socially appropriate research study and journalism.

For 2019, our style is Migrancy and Populism. South Africa has a long and challenging history of migrancy both within and throughout its borders. After current remarks by Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba, ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule, SAFTU basic secretary Zwelinzima Vavi on migration and migrants, is SA politics and discourse normalising xenophobia? Will this year’s nationwide election show a brand-new populism? We have an interest in research/journalism tasks that look for to take a look at any of these concerns or others that attend to the existing discourse of politics and migration.


Fellows will get a month-to-month stipend and research study expenses.
They need to be resident in South Africa.
They will be anticipated to commit a minimum of 50% of their time in April-July 2019 to the Fellowship.

They will be anticipated to provide their work at.
the Yearly Ruth First Memorial Lecture in August and to send it.
for publication in proper online forums.

Candidates ought to send their CV, a task proposition (of no more than 2 pages) and an inspiration letter (one page) by Monday, April 8 to the Ruth First Committee at

To Learn More:

See the Authorities Web Page of the University of Witwatersrand Ruth First Fellowship 2019

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