Are you a journalist, writer, researcher, filmmaker or photographer living in South Africa? Then you should apply for the University of Witwatersrand Ruth First Fellowship 2021. 

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.

The 2021 Theme is “Big Tech and the Public Sphere”

Application Deadline: April 16, 2021


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Successful applicants will receive monthly stipends and research costs.


The opportunity is open to :

  • Open to journalists, writers, researchers, film makers or photographers  resident in South Africa.

Requirements/Specifications/Terms and Conditions

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

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Application Instructions

Applicants are to submit their CV, a project proposal outlining what their focus will be and a motivation letter to the Ruth First Committee at ruthfirstfellowship@gmail.com 

About the University of Witwatersrand Ruth First Fellowship

The Ruth First Fellowship’s goal is to support a new generation of public intellectuals capable of immersing themselves deeply in the most pressing issues and ideas of the day, engage in original research and to tell great stories – presenting their work in ways that can engage a new generation of audiences.

Key Dates and Order of Program

Application deadline is Friday, 16 April.

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Babajide is a content writer and site admin at Camberene. He majored in zoology and is also a tech enthusiast proficient in the use of python, R and other data analytics tools.

Babajide is looking into using machine learning and artificial intelligence in the near future.