National bursaries

  • Awarded as a non-repayable grant based on merit and/or financial need and paid directly to the respective training institutions for the applicable academic year.
  • Applicants must have completed and passed matric.
  • For continued support, beneficiaries must apply in every academic year cycle and pass all modules for the academic year.
  • Applicants must declare upfront in writing if they have been granted bursaries from other funders (public or private), disclosing the funder and amount received or committed by the funder.
  • The bursary covers 100% of the tuition fees.
  • Accommodation costs will only be paid for, subject to availability of funds and to financially needy students.

Any performance arts and acting courses.

Eligibility for applicants:

  • South African citizen
  • Matric pass
  • Good academic record
  • Demonstrate a need for financial assistance.
  • Registered or provisionally registered to study for a full-time undergraduate, postgraduate diploma, or degree in film/TV disciplines at an accredited South African tertiary institution.

Required documentation:

  • Completed online application form
  • Letter of acceptance from the institution or letter acknowledging application
  • A one-page letter of motivation
  • Certified ID copy (Dated within six months of the application).
  • Certified copy of matric certificate or latest academic results (Dated within six months of the application)
  • Commitment letter for a bursary or loan from other sponsors/bank where necessary0
  • Annual academic fees breakdown from the institution
  • If not older than 21, provide proof of financial support (i.e.: latest bank statement with a bank stamp or latest payslips)
  • If the applicant is unemployed, he/she must provide proof of social grant, if applicable.
  • Parents/guardian/partner’s proof of income (i.e., latest payslip, bank statement with a bank stamp or IRP).
  • An affidavit stating the known/unknown whereabouts of the absent parent/s
  • A certified copy of the death certificates of the deceased parent/s (Dated within six months of the date of application)
  • If the applicant is not a minor (i.e. older than 21 years old), the applicant must provide proof of financial need (i.e. Latest payslip, bank statement with a bank stamp or IRP form)

Note: All certified documents must be valid for six months from the date of submission

Selection Criteria:

  • Preference will be given to previously disadvantaged individuals.
  • And to students enrolled in South African public tertiary institutions.
  • Financial need based on the combined gross income of less than R600 000 for both parents/guardians in the case of a minor (younger than 21).
  • Detailed motivation stating why the applicant should be considered for the bursary.
  • Academic performance will be assessed according to:
  • Latest academic qualifications
  • Students enrolled to further their studies will only be considered if they have achieved an average of 50% or higher.
  • The minimum pass rate in their previous year of study.
  • In the case of matriculants whose final results are not available.

An assessment will be based on their Grade 11 final results or matric June results.

Applications will not be considered if:

  • It is for outstanding (owed) tertiary fees.
  • Supporting documents are missing or not certified.
  • The application form is incomplete or wrong information is provided.
  • Applications are sent via fax or email.

How to apply:
Complete an online national bursary application form available on our website:   or

Opening date for submissions:  01 June 2021
Closing date for submissions: 31 August 2021

For queries, contact:
Thandekile Hlatshwayo
Applications Officer
Telephone: 011 483 0880


Manti Sekwakwa
Applications Officer
Telephone: 011 483 0880

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