The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) will award ten postgraduate scholarships for Southern African women media leaders who wish to study media management at Rhodes University’s Sol Plaatje Institute (SPI) for Media Leadership in 2018.
OSISA is an African institution committed to the creation of open societies through support for democracy, human rights and good governance.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Media Management (PDMM) is a one-year, fulltime programme designed to provide people who work or aspire to work in the media industry with critical skills and knowledge they need to perform strategically in their organisations and to fast-track their careers to management positions.
The PDMM is equivalent to an honours degree – it is pegged at Level 8 on the National Qualifications Framework set by South Africa’s qualifications-setting agency SAQA. It combines rigorous theoretical and practical grounding, a mid-year management internship and a comprehensive academic portfolio at the end of the year.
The PDMM is composed of eight compulsory modules covering media economics and financial management; media markets, audiences and advertising; managing media content; managing circulation and distribution; media management and leadership; media management contexts, policy and institutions; new media and convergence; and human resources management.
The Scholarship covers the full cost of tuition, accommodation, meals, all learning materials, a modest monthly subsistence allowance, medical aid and mid-year media management internship costs.
The criteria is that applicants must be women who have an undergraduate degree, are already working in the media industry in Angola, Botswana, the DRC, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Applicants must complete the Rhodes University’s External Honours application form http://www.ru.ac.za/postgraduategateway/honours/honoursapplication/ to be submitted directly to the Registrar’s Division at Rhodes University and a copy emailed to Wendy Dyibishe (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Sol Plaatje Institute (SPI) for Media Leadership.
They must also complete the application form for the Postgraduate Diploma in Media Management and send it to the Registrar’s Division and the SPI.
They must submit detailed Curriculum Vitae, a 1 000-word letter of motivation, which explains why the student is interested in doing the PDMM, how the PDMM will assist the student’s career and why the student believes she/he qualifies for the OSISA scholarship to the Institute only. They must also submit certified academic transcripts of all tertiary qualifications to both the SPI and the Registrar’s Division.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted after the applications close at noon on 24 November 2017.
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