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

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The award of the 2020-21 Ruth First Scholarship has been deferred as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic
The Scholarship has been awarded to Shamiso Zamba from Zimbabwe, who will take an MSc in Management (Supply Chain Logistics) in 2021-22

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

Ruth First Lectures

Ruth First Scholar Seminars

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

Patrons :

  • 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


Chair of the Board of Trustees: Dr Mike Thompson
Secretary: Prof. Cheryl McEwan
Treasurer: Mr Francis Pritchard

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