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
Applications for 2017 are not open yet until further notice

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

Bursaries for Language Practice Studies
The mandate of the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) is to manage and facilitate
training programmes to implement the NLPF in compliance with the legislative mandate.
Access to bursary scheme
DAC advertises the bursary scheme in national newspapers and invites institutions to
apply. Interested ones are requested to submit their academic profiles and business plans outliningtheir language study programmes and overall costs.
. The study programmes must be incompliance with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) requirements. On
receiving applications, a selection committee screens the study programmes and verifies
their SAQA accreditation. Based on the suitability of the programmes and their set standards in a given cycle,recommendations for selection are made.

Selected institutions administer the bursaries themselves which includes student admissions and bursary awards.

Standard training requirements in language practice
• Translation and Editing
• Interpreting
• Lexicography
• Terminology Development and Management
• Language Planning
• Human Language Technologies
• Document design and Editing
• Linguistic Theory (compulsory)

DAC avails funding to selected institutions at the beginning of each academic year in a
given cycle. Students are therefore expected to apply directly to selected institutions.
For further information, please contact: National Language Service Tel: (012) 441 3252;

Heritage bursaries