Applications are invited for the special and exciting new programme i.e. Open Society Fellowships in Investigative Reporting. 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).

Journalism.co.za, or Jocoza, is run by the Journalism Programme of the University of the Witwatersrand.  It is run by staff and students, though many of the contributions come from other journalists and correspondents. The site is intended both as a resource for working journalists in Southern Africa and a teaching tool for the university programme.  It offers a range of news, views and information, and is updated daily. It also allows media companies to find new talent, to promote services, award programmes, training or events in a multitude of ways.

Scholarship Description

  • Applications Deadline: December 17, 2018
  • Course Level: Fellowships are available to pursue BA Honors programme.
  • Study Subject: The students will do a three-week course in Fundamentals of Social Accountability Monitoring to provide a foundation for their project. Fellows will do the Wits BA Hons in Journalism and Media Studies with a specialisation in Investigative Journalism. The Honours will be made up of five courses and three special elements.

The courses will be:

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  1. Journalism Studies
  2. Investigative Journalism A and B
  3. A choice of one of the following courses:
  4. Video Journalism
  5. Online Journalism
  6. Photojournalism
  • Scholarship Award: The Fellowship pays all study and travel costs, as well as a stipend for the 18 months.
  • Nationality: This scholarship is available for South African as well as African students.
  • Number of Scholarships: Four of the positions will be reserved for South African residents, and the fifth is open to candidates from the African continent.
  • Scholarship can be taken in South Africa

Eligibility for the Scholarship

Eligible Countries: This scholarship is available for South African as well as African students.

Entrance Requirements: Applicants must meet the following criteria:

Candidates 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. 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.

English Language Requirements: Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University.

Application Procedure

How to Apply: Applicants for 2019 should submit a CV with supporting documentation, a letter of motivation and two references to OSFFellowships-at-gmail.com by December 17, 2018, and candidates must be available for an interview in January.

Scholarship Link


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