Campaigner Fellowship 2023

**Deadline for applications has been extended AGAIN, to midnight Wednesday 14 June 2023**

The Campaigner Fellowship is designed for writers and community organisers to receive training in best practice campaigning, intensive coaching and hands-on practical experience in running campaigns that use petitions, public submissions, protests and other tactics to hold those in power to account.

This four-month full-time, paid Fellowship is open to Black women and gender non-conforming people and will be based at the offices in Kensington, Johannesburg. There are six spots available for the Fellowship, which will run from 1 August 2023 to 30 November 2023.

**Deadline for online applications is midnight Wednesday 14 June 2023. Applications must be submitted through our online application form which includes a number of questions and a practical exercise**

The application process to be a Campaigner Fellow is intense and we can only select six people, which is not easy. If you apply and are unsuccessful, you are still a valued member of the community.

** Please do not contact staff directly to enquire about the Fellowship. The recruitment process will be fair and objective. Please read this page and the Frequently Asked Questions page carefully. **

Who we’re looking for:

We’re looking for Black women and gender non-conforming people, young and old, committed to building people power to campaign for a more just Mzansi. We’re looking for applications from people who:

  • Have exceptional writing skills in English and either isiZulu, isiXhosa, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, Afrikaans, Xitsonga, siSwati or Tshivenda.
  • Have the ability to research an issue and communicate information in a way that is short, simple and powerful.
  • Have the ability to analyse news, reports etc. and design campaigns that use petitions, public submissions, protests and other tactics to pressure a decision-maker in government or the private sector to meet a campaign’s demands. Campaign demands must be focused on creating tangible change, such as the decision-maker changing their practices, policies or budgets in order to help address a specific injustice.
  • Have experience in community organising at a local, provincial or national level.
  • Are tech-savvy and experienced in using tools such as social media, SMS or Whatsapp to help make real-world activism happen faster and at scale.
  • Have initiative, are highly motivated and can work independently. We’re looking for applicants who will take full responsibility for the success or failure of campaigns they’re running. Fellows, while provided with training, will be expected to do their own research and teach themselves how to effectively use technology and different tactics.
  • Have a “get things done attitude” and can deliver results quickly and on time.
  • Are good listeners and can centre our work within the experiences of our members, the majority of whom are Black women from low-income backgrounds.
  • Are detail-oriented. We’re looking for applicants who check their facts, care about the quality of their writing and campaigning, and are quick learners.
  • Are based in or near Joburg, or are able to commute to Joburg each day or stay in Joburg for the duration of the Campaigner Fellowship. Unfortunately, only has one office and the Fellowship has to be face to face. The Fellowship programme does not provide moving costs to Joburg or accommodation, but does provide a stipend of R9 000 per month.

We are not worried about applicants’ education qualifications or work experience.

However, the following experience would be a plus (but not essential):

  • Published writing or blogging (including developing press releases).
  • Community organising or campaigning using social media, Whatsapp or SMS.
  • Graphic design and/or video editing.

What is involved in the Campaigner Fellowship:

The Fellowship will be full-time and Fellows will be expected to work from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday at’s office.

Duration: 1 August 2023 to 30 November 2023. There can be no expectation of employment at the end of the Fellowship.

Location:’s office in Kensington, Johannesburg.

Payment: Monthly stipend of R9 000.00 for the 4 months.

Click here to read more about the Campaigner Fellowship programme

The Fellowship application process:

Shortlisted applicants will have to complete the following selection stages in order to make it to the final interview and stand a chance to be selected as a Campaigner Fellow:

Round 1. Online application and practical exercise – closes midnight Wednesday 14 June 2023.

Applicants will need to complete the following online application which involves answering questions, providing references and completing a practical exercise. The following guide has been developed to assist you with completing the online application practical exercise. Access the guide here.

Round 2. Timed practical exercise – starts at 5 pm Thursday 22 June 2023  and must be completed by 5 pm on Saturday 24 June 2023.

Those applicants whose online application is accepted will receive an email with instructions for a timed practical exercise. The practical exercise will involve identifying and setting up a campaign. will provide 250mb to applicants who get through to this practical exercise so that data is not a barrier to applying. 

Round 3: Feedback and implementation of feedback – starts at 10 am on Wednesday 28 June 2023 and ends at midnight on Friday 30 June 2023.

Applicants who successfully complete round 2 of the application will receive feedback which must be implemented and returned to for assessment.

Round 4: Run and try to win a campaign on – starts at 10 am on Thursday 6 July 2023 and ends at midnight on Wednesday 19 July 2023.

Applicants who successfully complete round 3 will load their campaign onto and have 3 weeks to run and try and win the campaign. This round will involve mobilising others to take action and engaging your campaign’s decision-maker. will provide data to applicants whose campaigns are approved to be run.

Round 5: In-person interviews and practical exercise Wednesday 26 July to Thursday 27 July 2023.

Shortlisted applicants will have to be available on one of the above two days for an interview at the office. The interview panel will ask you more questions about yourself, the Fellowship role and will give you 1 or 2 practical exercises to complete.

The 6 2023 Campaigner Fellows will be announced on Friday 28 July 2023. Fellows must be available to begin the Fellowship on Tuesday 1 August 2023 at the same office.