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Wednesday, August 26, 2020


Deadline for applications: September 30, 2020, at 17h00

The National Arts Council (NAC) Strategy prioritises capacity building as an essential element for developing the arts, in pursuit of excellence. As such, the NAC’s bursary funding programme aims to provide support to aspiring arts practitioners in the acquisition of relevant arts qualifications, and arts-related knowledge and skills. As part of its support for training and education, the NAC offers grants for bursaries and residency programmes to help grow the talent of students, arts practitioners, arts technicians, arts administrators and other industry professionals. This is designed to help ensure that South Africa retains a strong pool of talented artists and leaders.

The NAC is therefore pleased to announce its call for bursary applications for the academic year that begins in January 2021.

The invitation is open to postgraduate arts students, as well as registered education and training institutions in South Africa that are involved in providing tuition in the fields of theatre, dance, crafts, literature, multidisciplinary arts, music, visual arts, cultural policy, and arts and culture management, as well as any other arts-related course. This invitation also extends to students applying for a Bachelor of Technology degree in the arts. Applications for fashion design must incorporate a cultural element as part of the studies. Particular attention will be paid to postgraduate qualifications that address the rare skills required in the arts sector.

The invitation extends to:

(a) Individual postgraduate studies (both part-time and full-time studies) for the 2021 academic year. Please note that postgraduate students whose degree requires two to three years of study (such as MA and PhD) and who were granted an NAC bursary during 2018 and 2019 should not re-apply for funding. The grant will be renewed for the duration of their studies, subject to the successful completion of each year of study with a minimum overall pass rate of 65%. Applicants are, however, required to submit a letter of acceptance for their studies from the tertiary institution in question, as well as their estimated costs for the 2021 academic year and progress reports.

(b) Block institutional bursaries for undergraduate students who will be studying in South Africa during 2021. Institutions that apply for funding are required to support undergraduate students for the duration of their undergraduate studies, subject to their successful completion of each year of study. Institutions should be prepared to enter into a service-level agreement with the NAC in order to fulfil this requirement.

Closing date for applications: September 30, 2020, at 17h00

Outcomes: December 13, 2020

NB: Late and incomplete applications will not be considered, and no exceptions will be made. Applicants need to register and complete the online application form using the following link:

For more information, contact the Arts Development Officers as listed on the NAC website.