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The Ruth First Educational Trust supports the Ruth First Scholarship, which enables students from southern Africa to undertake postgraduate study at Durham University.

Applications are now open for the 2024-25 Ruth First Scholarship. Go to the How to Apply page. Closing date: 10 March 2024.


The mural dedicated to Ruth First on the side of Ruth First House in Durham has been restored by the original artist, Lotte Shankland. It was unveiled in March 2022 by Hilary Wainwright, a former colleague of Ruth First at Durham University.

RFET banner by Lotte Shankland

Patrons :

  • Dr Bill Bryson, writer, former Chancellor of Durham University
  • Sir Thomas Allen, opera singer and director, former Chancellor of Durham University
  • Gillian Slovo, writer, daughter of Ruth First and Joe Slovo

Supporting organizations: