Department of Sport Bursaries for Heritage Studies 2024

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The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture invites applications for bursaries under the Bursaries for Heritage Studies 2024.

Closing date: 31 January 2024

Are you passionate about heritage-related studies? Don’t miss out on the chance to apply for the Department of Sports, Arts, and Culture (DSAC) Bursaries for Heritage Related Studies 2024!

The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture invites applications from students who wish to pursue studies in heritage related programmes.

This is a fantastic opportunity for you and others you know who are interested in delving into the rich heritage of South Africa.

Apply now before the closing date on 31st January 2024 to secure your chance at this amazing opportunity. The maximum value of the bursary is an impressive R110,000 per student, providing substantial financial support for your studies.


  • The maximum value of the bursary is R110 000 per student.
  • Study fees:  The total amount of study fees will be covered.
  • Books:  The total amount of prescribed books will be covered.
  • Laptops not costing more than R10 000.  This will be paid according to receipt/invoices of three quotations.
  • Accommodation: R 50 000 maximum amount (NB where applicable)
  • Meals:  R 18 500 maximum amount (NB where applicable)
  • NB: Funds are payable directly to the higher institution of learning


  • South African citizenship;
  • Letter of provisional acceptance / letter of admission from the institution;
  • Not older than forty (40) years;
  • Outstanding / satisfactory academic performance (academic progress report if already at an institution) or (Grade 12 if you are a 1st year student);
  • Field of study (heritage related)
  • Not employed full time by government, state agencies or private sector with a salary of more than R130 000.
  • Students who are beneficiaries of other bursaries or donors for the 2023 academic year will not be considered.


  • Anthropology (exclusively with a focus on forensic / medical anthropology)
  • Archaeology (exclusively with a focus on marine and underwater cultural heritage, and forensic)
  • Archives and Records management
  • Conservation of the built environment including preventive conservation
  • Collections (cultural & natural) management (Not Nature Conservation)
  • Palaeontology
  • Museum Studies or Management and Curatorship
  • IKS or Courses that contribute to the preservation and promotion of Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) and S.A. Living Heritage
  • Marketing of heritage
  • Digital heritage


This bursary is open to all universities in South Africa that offer heritage-related programs, including but not limited to:

– Sol Plaatje University
– Unisa – The University of South Africa
– Wits – University of the Witwatersrand
– University of Johannesburg
– University of the Free State
– University of Limpopo
– North-West University, Potchefstroom
– University of the Northern Cape
– North West University Mafikeng


Join us in preserving and celebrating the rich heritage of South Africa. Apply now and take the first step towards an exciting future in heritage studies!

Interested institutions are requested to collate applications from their various faculties or departments and submit on behalf of the students by no later than 31 January 2024. Applications should only be sent to: [email protected] 

Applications not sent to email address provided will not be considered. There should be one focal point in each institution for the collation and submission of all applications received. Students are requested to complete the attached application form and send it together with the latest academic results or academic record; certified copy of ID; and university provisional acceptance letter or admission letter.

Applications submitted physically or via email by an individual student and not by an institution where the student is provisionally or admitted to study will not be considered. Late applications will not be accepted.

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

Enquiries regarding the bursary applications should be directed to Ms Reinette Stander at telephone: 083 469 2931 or by email to [email protected]; or to Mr Maano Muhadi at telephone: (012) 441-3622 or by e-mail to [email protected]


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