Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC) Bursaries Applications

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About Department of Sport, Arts, and Culture

The Department of Sports, Arts, and Culture (DSAC) is a department within the South African government. Its primary objective is to provide a better to all South African citizens with a particular focus on sports, arts, and culture. Besides that, it ensures all of the citizens, irrespective of race, gender, or ethnicity, have equitable access to all of these sectors.

The department gets the funding from the government spends it on activities and initiatives that improve the socio-economic conditions in the country.

Department of Sport, Arts, and Culture Bursary 2022

The DSAC runs a bursary programme called the ‘Department of Sports, Arts, and Culture Bursary Programme.’ It is meant to help students financially who are unable to afford their education in the field of arts and culture. By assisting such students, the department aims to create a more equitable society, reduce joblessness, and create a large pool of qualified professionals.

For the academic session 2022, the bursaries will be awarded to undergrad and postgrad students pursuing heritage-related qualifications. More specifically, these fields of study are considered for funding:

  • Anthropology
  • Archeology
  • Archives and Records Management
  • Conservation of the Built Environment
  • Conservation and Preventive Conservation
  • Collections (cultural and natural) Management
  • Heritage Resources Management
  • Paleontology
  • Museum Studies
  • IKS or courses that are related to preservation and promotion of Indigenous Knowledge Systems

The value of the bursary will be decided on a case-by-case basis, and it will cover the following cost:

  • Full tuition cost
  • Prescribed book
  • Accommodation (a maximum of R 50,000 where applicable)
  • Meals (a maximum of R 18,500)

The funding will be paid directly to the institution the students are studying at. Once paid, it is not transferrable, nor can it be used for other purposes.

Bursary Eligibility Criteria

DSAC lays out a few eligibility criteria for the bursary programme. To be selected for the bursary funding, students must fulfill all of the criteria. Since there are a limited number of bursaries on offer, it cannot fund every applicant. Therefore, it rejects those that do not fulfill all criteria.

Cross-check with the following eligibility requirements before applying:

  • Must be a South African citizen
  • Must not be older than 30 years at the time of applying
  • Must be either studying or willing to study at a tertiary institution approved by the Department of Higher Education and Training
  • Must be either pursuing or willing to pursue an undergrad or postgrad qualification in one of the fields of study mentioned above
  • Must have a strong academic track record
  • Must not have full-time employment at the moment
  • The current yearly salary should not exceed R 130,000

This is a merit-based bursary. Applicants with a more successful academic track record will get preference over others. The decision taken by the department regarding the selection of candidates will be considered final.

How to Apply For The Bursary?

If you’re interested in the Department of Sport, Arts, and Culture Bursary programme and need the funding, consider applying for it. You need to complete a short application process that shouldn’t take long. However, it’s necessary not to rush through and make errors. Incomplete or inaccurate submissions are rejected without further consideration.

To get started, you need to download and complete the..pdf

The bursary form has got three sections, which are:

  • Personal Details
  • 2021 academic information
  • 2022 academic information

Make sure to read the instructions and answer the questions correctly. Also, provide updated contact information so the department can contact you if you’re shortlisted.

You can get more information about the bursary programme .

You need to submit the completed application form and the documents to the institution’s bursary aid officer. You’re not required to apply to the DSAC directly. The university will send the application on your behalf.

Institutions will be required to submit applications to Or

The following supporting documents must accompany the completed application form:

  • 2021 end of year results (certified copies only)
  • A progress report issued by your supervisor, if writing a thesis or dissertation (postgrad students only and must be on institution letterhead)

Closing Date Of The Department of Sport, Arts, and Culture Bursary

The last date of application is 28 February 2022. Submissions made after this date will not be considered.

Contact Details

For more details regarding the bursary programme, contact the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture directly:

Contact Person 1: Ms Reinette Stander (Deputy Director: International Conventions and Legislation, Department of Sport, Arts and Culture)
Tel: 012 441 3711

Contact Person 2: Mr Maano Muhadi (Deputy Director: Heritage Policy, Research and Development, Department of Sport, Arts and Culture)
Tel: 012 441 3622

If the bursary has already been closed, please do not make any queries. View our other bursaries open for application here:

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