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Open Society Fellowships in Investigative Reporting 2020 for Study (+Internship) in South Africa


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

Application Deadline: 21st September, 2019

Eligible Countries: Seven fellowships are offered, four reserved for South African residents, one for a Southern Africa resident and two from East Africa (with preference given to Rwanda and Sudan).

To be taken at (country): South Africa

About the Award: Five 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).

Type: Fellowships


  • 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. Four of the positions will be reserved for South African residents, and the fifth is open to candidates from the African continent.

Number of Awards: 5

Value of Award: 

  • Fellows will emerge with the fully accredited Wits University BA Hons in Journalism and Media Studies, accredited certificate from a Rhodes PAMS course, certificates of attendance at the IRE and AIJC conferences, a portfolio of work and letters of recommendation form their internships.
  • Fellows will be fully sponsored, including a six month internship and a stipend for the 18 months.

Duration of Programme: 18 months

How to Apply: 

  • Applications for 2020, including a full CV, supporting documentation and two recommendations, must be sent by September 21, 2019 to  [email protected].

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