The Ruth First Educational Trust provides opportunities for students from southern Africa to undertake postgraduate study at Durham University (UK)

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Applications are invited for the 2019-20 Ruth First Scholarship
Go to How to apply (Deadline: 1 March 2019)

What is the RFET?

How do we raise funds?

Who was Ruth First?

How to apply for a Scholarship

This year's Ruth First Scholar

Former Scholars

How to support the Trust


Annual reports

Trustees and Committee members

Southern Africa today: links

The people in the pictures above are (from left to right): Nomazile Chicho, Peter Okeno Ong'are, Bill Bryson, Mzwanele Tola and Simplicio Bhebhe


Dr Bill Bryson, writer, former Chancellor of Durham University
Sir Thomas Allen, opera singer and director, Chancellor of Durham University
Professor Chris Higgins, former Vice-Chancellor of Durham University
Gillian Slovo, writer, daughter of Ruth First and Joe Slovo

Supporting organizations:

Durham University

St Chad's College

St Aidan's College

Durham County Council

Durham Miners' Association

Registered UK Charity no. 1019975


Chairman: Dr Mike Thompson
Secretary: Prof. Cheryl McEwan
Treasurer: Mr Francis Pritchard

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