Department of Arts and Culture Bursary 2024-2025

Department of Arts and Culture Bursary 2024-2025


The Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) are aimed at ensuring that the arts sector contribute to social cohesion and economic growth of the country.

One of the ways in which the DAC are preserving and expanding the arts, culture and heritage sector in South Africa, is by way of their bursary programme – funding deserving students who wish to pursue studies in heritage related programmes.

Bursaries are awarded to 30 students each year, to the maximum value of R70 000 per student.

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Bursaries will be awarded within the following Heritage Related fields of study:

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Archives and Records Management
  • Conservation of the Built Environment
  • Conservation and Preventive Conservation
  • Collections Management (Cultural and Natural)
  • Heritage Resources Management
  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems
  • Information Science
  • Museum Management and Curatorship



Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying:

  • South African citizen,
  • Studying (or intend on studying) in one of the aforementioned fields of study,
  • Studying (or accepted to study) at a recognised tertiary institution in South Africa,
  • Proven financial need.



Download and complete the Dept of Arts and Culture Bursary Application Form (pdf).

Alternatively, you can collect an application form from the Department of Arts and Culture office at: 5th Floor, 481 Kingsley Centre, Cnr. Stanza Bopape & Steve Biko Streets, Arcadia, Pretoria OR download an application form via the Department of Arts and Culture website at:
Please include the following items in your application pack:

  • ID document (certified copy),
  • Matric certificate (certified copy),
  • Full academic record and latest results (for current tertiary students),
  • Other certificate qualifications (certified copies),
  • Proof of university registration (certified copy),
  • Parents/ guardians ID documents (certified copies),
  • Parents/ guardians proof of income (latest payslips certified copies/ affidavit if unemployed/ pension statement).
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Complete application forms and supporting documentation must be submitted in one of the following ways:
1) Post:
Heritage Bursaries
Department of Arts and Culture
Private Bag X897

2) Hand delivered:
Heritage Bursaries
Department of Arts and Culture
5th Floor, 481 Kingsley Centre
Cnr. Stanza Bopape & Steve
Biko streets
(Please do NOT fax or email your application)


24 February annually.


For any bursary queries, please contact:
Ms Hlulani Ndlovu
Tel: 012 441 3476

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