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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 (UK)


Applications for the 2023-24 Ruth First Scholarship are open

Closing date: 28 February 2023

Go to How to apply for the Ruth First Scholarship for information and links to application forms


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: