Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC) Bursaries 2022

About Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC)

The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC) is one of the significant departments of the Government of South Africa and its core objective is to provide a better life for South African residents. To aid this, DSAC aims to change the delivery of sports, arts and culture. It plans to achieve this by making sure there is equitable access to this sector, development as well as a level of excellence in every aspect of participation, regardless of a citizen’s race, ethnicity or gender.

With this mission, DSAC also aims to harness socio-economic contributions and thereby provide a better life for the residents of South Africa utilizing the means of Sports, Arts and Culture.

Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC) Bursaries

DSAC Bursary Programme 2022

The Department of Sports, Arts and Culture is inviting candidates from institutions accredited and registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training to apply for the bursary programme for the academic year 2022.

Bursaries are available for Undergraduate and Postgraduate studies within heritage-related programmes, exclusively for below given fields:

  • Anthropology (including forensic anthropology)
  • Archaeology (Marine and Underwater Cultural Heritage, Forensic, etc.)
  • Archives and Records management
  • Conservation of the built environment
  • Conservation and preventive conservation
  • Collections (cultural & natural) management (Not Nature Conservation)
  • Heritage resources management
  • Paleontology
  • 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

Here’s what the DSAC Bursary Programme 2022 will cover:

  • Study fees: Full cover for total amount of study fees
  • Books: Full cover for total amount of prescribed books
  • Accommodation:  R50 000 maximum amount (NB where applicable)
  • Meals: R18 500 maximum amount (NB where applicable)
  • NB: Funds are payable directly to the tertiary institution of learning

Who should apply?

Applicants must fulfill the below given minimum eligibility criteria before submitting their application. Failure to satisfy any of the criteria will result in your applications being NOT considered.

  • Must be a citizen of South Africa
  • Must provide a letter of admission from the institution
  • Candidate must not be older than 40 years old
  • Outstanding/satisfactory academic performance (academic progress report if studying at an institution) OR Grade 12 results (if you’re a first-year student)
  • Must NOT be employed full time by government, private sector, or state agencies with a salary above R130 000.
  • The field of study must be within heritage-related programmes listed above

How do I apply?

If you want to opt for the DSAC Bursary Programme 2022, you need to complete the following form.

Download the form by clicking here: DSAC Bursary Application Form 2022 (.pdf) and fill up all the details.

The application form has 3 sections:

  • Personal information
  • Academic details of 2021
  • Academic details of 2022

After completing the form, you need to submit the application along with supporting documentation to your institution’s bursary/financial aid office. Do NOT apply to the DSAC directly. The University will send your application forward on your behalf.

Institutions may submit the applications to Ms. Reinette Stander, Deputy Director of International Conventions and Legislation, DSAC at email: 


Institutions can also submit applications to Mr Maano Muhadi, Deputy Director of Heritage Policy, Research and Development, DSAC at email: 

In each institution, there should be one focal point for the collation and submission of applications.

Documents Required

The completed application form must be accompanied with the supporting documentation as stated below:

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

If any documents or items are missing, your application will be disqualified.

Applications submitted via email or physically by a student and not by an institution where the candidate is currently studying will NOT be considered. Late applications will NOT be accepted.

Application Deadline?

Interested institutions must collate applications for all their departments and submit it to DSAC on students’ behalf before 28 February 2022.

Important Note: Make sure to check the internal closing date for the institution you are going to register through.

Contact Information

Enquiries related to the bursary applications should be directed to:

Ms Reinette Stander:
Telephone: (012) 441- 3711

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

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