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GroundUp Fellowship 2024 for Journalist

Application Deadline: 31 May

Applications are now open for the 2024 GroundUp Fellowship. The fellowships can be from three to six months (we’ll negotiate that with successful applicants). If you are currently with another publication and we like your application we’re willing to partner with your current employer to co-publish your work – you don’t need to resign your job.

The fellowship is especially interested in the following themes: prisons and the justice system, some aspects of labour, mining, and climate change. But if you have an exciting pitch on another subject, please apply; we are open to interesting ideas. Also, if your expertise or interest is photography, video or podcasting, you are also welcome to apply.

Fellowship Details

  • The first two weeks of your fellowship will be based at our office in Cape Town.
  • If you live out of Cape Town, GroundUp will cover your transport and accommodation for that period.


  • The fellowship will pay R42,500 per month before tax. You will need at least ten years experience as a journalist.

Application Procedure:

  • – Please apply by emailing your pitch to us. GroundUp prefers brevity. Please also attach a short CV. If you already work for a publication and want a partnership, please consider including a letter of support from your editor. We aim to take our first fellow on 1 August and then others in subsequent months but the start dates are negotiable.
  • Send your email to info@groundup.org.za with the precise subject line: APPLICATION FOR GROUNDUP FELLOWSHIP The deadline for applications is 1pm on 31 May.

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