The Open Society Fellowships in Investigative Reporting are designed to equip young journalists with the skills and knowledge required to do in-depth, investigative work.
A special and exciting programme to develop a new generation of investigative reporters, a partnership between Wits Journalism, Rhodes School of Journalism and Media Studies and the Open Society Foundation.
The Open Society Fellowships in Investigative Reporting are designed to equip young journalists with the skills and knowledge required to do in-depth, investigative work. 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/Europe).
Fellows can study either the Wits University BA Hons in Journalism and Media Studies or the MA in Journalism and Media Studies, depending on their previous qualifications and experienced.
For 2021, there are seven positions, of which one is reserved for candidates from other sub-saharan African countries (travel permitting).
After completion of their programme, the fellows will be placed in internships with investigative teams for six months. We have partnerships with amaBhungane, Daily Maverick, Carte Blanche and News24 for this purpose. Students will be expected to work on investigative teams, and produce a portfolio of work at the end of the period.
What the Fellowship covers
The Fellowship pays all study and travel costs, as well as a stipend for the 18 months.
For more details and information on how to apply, please visit
Applications close on August 31, 2020.