Bursaries for Language Practice Studies
Call for applications from South African Universities for a Bursary in Language Studies for 2021/22 – 2023/24 Financial Years

The Use of Official Languages Act, 2012 (Act No. 12 of 2012), among other things, aims at promoting the equitable use of the 11 South African official languages, in facilitating access to government services, knowledge and information and ensuring redress for the previously marginalised official languages.

This Act implies increased demand on language services and properly qualified language practitioners are needed to meet this demand. The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, therefore, is offering bursaries for students to pursue undergraduate and postgraduate studies in any three (3) of the following areas of study:

Any of the 11 South African official languages with emphasis on nine previously disadvantaged indigenous languages

Human Language Technology
Language Planning
South African Sign Language
Terminology Development and Management
Translation and Editing

Interested institutions are requested to apply and submit their proposals, outlining the courses they offer, by no later than 27 August 2020 to Ms Zanele Ndima, National Language Service, Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, Private Bag X897, Pretoria, 0001

NB: Institutions should please note that their programmes will be verified for South African Qualifications Authority compliance requirements.

For further information, please contact Dr Zola Peter, Tel: (012) 441-3814, Cell: 072 530 3418 or email: ZolaP@dsac.gov.za


1.     Eligibility

  • South African citizens with a valid ID number residing in the Republic of South Africa and who qualify for admission to a University.
  • Applicants will be considered on their latest academic results/record.
  • If you are already studying towards a degree course for which you are applying for a bursary, you must have passed all courses for which you have registered at the university for the study period already completed with an average of 60%.
  • Applications must be for full time studies towards an academic degree at an accredited South African university.


2.     Value o Bursaries
The value of the bursary for full-time undergraduate/diploma studies comprise of the following:

  • Boarding/residential

In the case of bursary holders residing with their parents/guardians or privately, a stipend is granted.
In the case of students residing in official University residences, full residence fees are paid to the relevant institution (meals included)

  • Tuition and registration fees

Tuition and registration fees are fully paid.
NB: The bursary may also be awarded for the purpose of acquiring a post-graduate qualification in order to obtain a prescribed professional status (depending on the availability of funds).
Bursaries are renewable annually, subject to acceptable proof of progress from the institution.

3.      Procedure for Transfer of Bursary Funds
Bursary payments are made directly to institutions in accordance with the rules of the University and the Department stated in a Memorandum of Agreement.

4.       Institutions
Applicants may enrol at any accredited South African University.


5.      Field Of Study
Fields of study in which bursaries are awarded have to be directly related to heritage, and will only include the following:

  • Museum studies
  • Conservation studies (cultural and nature)
  • Archaeological studies
  • Anthropological studies
  • Archival Records and management
  • Heritage Resources Management
  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS)


6.      Repayment of Bursaries
Bursars may be expected to remain in the employ of the heritage sector for a period equal to the number of years of awarded bursary. Such employment is subject to the availability of positions, to the normal selection procedures and salary and employment conditions. The Department does not undertake to place any bursary holder to any position.


7.     Experiential Training
The Department does not undertake to provide experiential training for bursars and should such an opportunity be available e.g. internships bursary holders will not be given special treatment but will be expected to apply and compete like everyone else.

8.    Application and Selection
It will be expected of (shortlisted) applicants to attend an interview.
Applicants will be notified of the results of their application as soon as possible after interviews.

9.     Closing Date for Applications
New applications are not yet open until further notice

10.   Enquiries
The Heritage Bursaries,
Department of Arts and Culture,
Private Bag X897,
Tel: 012 441 3476/0

Heritage bursaries