Ruth First Fellowship 2021 for Creative Researchers – University of Witwatersrand

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The Ruth First Fellowship is a prestigious award made by the University of Witwatersrand that enables journalists, writers, researchers, film makers or photographers to pursue in-depth projects that can be presented in ways that influence thinking, discussion and debate in South Africa.

Application Deadline: 16th April 2021

About the Award: The fellowship is intended to allow Fellows to pursue an in-depth project of original research. It should be ground-breaking and in keeping with the tradition of Ruth First’s politically and socially relevant research and journalism.

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Ruth First was a journalist, activist, researcher and intellectual. She was assassinated in exile by the apartheid government.

Type: Fellowship

Eligibility: This year’s Ruth First fellowship will seek to tease out the meaning, paradoxes and contradictions of the impact of the big technology companies and their instruments with regard to the public sphere.

  • They must be resident in South Africa.
  • They will be expected to devote at least 50% of their time in April-July 2021 to the Fellowship.
  • They will work at the Annual Ruth First Memorial Lecture in August and to submit it for publication in appropriate forums.

To be Taken at (Country): South Africa

Value of Award: Fellows will receive a monthly stipend and research costs.

How to Apply: Applicants should submit their CV, a project proposal (of no more than two pages) outlining what their focus will be and a motivation letter (one page) by Friday, 16 April to the Ruth First Committee at [email protected].

  • It is important to go through all application requirements in the Award Webpage (see Link below) before applying.

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