Open Society Fellowships in Investigative Reporting 2019 (Fully-funded)

Open Society Fellowships in Investigative Reporting 2019 (Fully-funded)

Deadline: December 17, 2018

Applications are open for the Open Society Fellowships in Investigative Reporting 2019. This is a special and exciting new program to develop a new generation of investigative reporters.

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).

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 from their internships.


  • The Fellowship pays all study and travel costs, as well as a stipend for the 18 months;
  • After completion of their Honours program, the fellows will be placed in internships with investigative teams for six months. The organisers have partnerships with amaBhungane, Daily Maverick, 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.


  • 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.


To apply, submit a CV with supporting documentation, a letter of motivation and two references to [email protected] by December 17, 2018, and candidates must be available for an interview in January.

For more information, visit Open Society Fellowships.