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Saturday, January 7, 2017


Deadline: January 31 at 16h00

The South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) announced the opening of its 2017 scholarship and bursary season, with over R500,000 allocated to young scholars wanting to pursue honours, masters and doctoral studies in 2017.

The research undertaken must fall within the scope of SACO’s work in the cultural economy, cultural and creative industries and/or related sectors, the research centre said.

The SACO scholarship and bursary scheme has been running for the past two years now with nine awards issued to students across the country, studying at the following institutions:

University of Johannesburg; University of Witwatersrand; Cape Peninsula University of Technology; Tshwane University of Technology; Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and Rhodes University

“We are hoping to award a minimum of six and a maximum of eleven scholarships and bursaries in early February, in time for the starts of the academic year,” said Professor Richard Haines, SACO Chief Executive. “Our scholarship and bursary programme is meant to support existing studies and complement funding sourced from other awards. We are mainly looking for students interested in pursuing a post graduate degree related to arts, culture and heritage.”

Led by the Department of Arts and Culture, the South African Cultural Observatory is a statistical research institute which charts the impact of the cultural and creative industries in South Africa. It does so through a range of innovative statistical methodologies, audits and research tools. The main purpose of the Cultural Observatory is the development of a comprehensive cultural information system which continuously captures cultural data and monitors and evaluates government initiatives in the sector.

The Cultural Observatory is headquartered in Nelson Mandela Bay and hosted by Nelson Mandela University (NMU) on behalf of the Department of Arts and Culture, along with Rhodes University and the University of Fort Hare.

The Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) established the SACO with the primary objective of advancing research in the field of cultural information systems. The SACO – a national research centre hosted by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, in partnership with Rhodes University and the University of Fort Hare – supports the collection and analysis of data, influences policy, shares insights and builds on intellectual capacity across the arts, culture and heritage sectors.

It works across the breadth of all cultural domains, including the arts, heritage, tourism, museums, libraries, archives and the creative industries.

“As DAC’s informative ‘nerve centre’ – providing the strategic vision and the organising principle to develop cultural indicators and information systems appropriate to the South African context and collection of statistics based on the sector needs – our scholarship programme supports this by generating both qualitative, quantitative and mixed research.”

The scholarship and bursary programme targets South African citizens and students who:

Obtained an average of 65% in the preceding degree;
Are registered at a South African university for 2017;
Are registered for full-time or part-time studies; and
Are interested in studies relating to the field of Arts, Culture and Heritage.
Priority will be given to designated groups.
Scholarship/bursary is awarded for a maximum of two years to be distributed to the student by the recipient university.

Honours degree: R30,000 Academic supervisor to apply on behalf of student
Research Master’s Degree: Part-Time - R30,000 and Full-Time -R80,000
Coursework Master’s Degree: Part-Time –R30,000 and Full-Time – R80,000
Doctorate Degree: Part-Time – R40,000 and Full-Time – R100,000

All applications must be submitted on the SACO website by January 31 2017 at 16h00: For enquiries contact or SACO office on 041 504 4930.