South African students who will be studying towards an MA or PhD in an arts discipline are invited to apply for one of ten bursaries of R30 000 available through the ACT Development Programme.

Thanks to the generous support of the Nedbank Arts Affinity programme, ACT has assisted 18 postgraduate students at different institutions across South Africa in a range of degree subjects since 2018. These include applied theatre, arts administration, creative writing, cultural policy and management, digital curation, dramaturgy, fine art, history of art, and music. ‘It is exciting to see the range of work being done across the country at the junction of arts and academia,’ says programme manager Jessica Glendinning.

This initiative is intended to encourage academic research in the arts and culture sector and the documentation of arts practice. Head of Group Sponsorships and Cause Marketing at Nedbank, Tobie Badenhorst, says: ‘We are excited to contribute to arts and culture across South Africa. Nedbank’s brand essence is all about being money experts who do good, and this is why we continue to fund the Arts and Culture Trust, as it serves as confirmation of our commitment to growth and innovation in the arts.’

Students who wish to apply must currently be enrolled in a degree programme or have already applied to their prospective institution. Only online application forms will be accepted, and all supporting documents must be submitted with this form. The closing date is Monday, 09 December 2019.

Click here to apply.


The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is South Africa’s premier independent arts funding and development agency. The primary aim of ACT is to increase the amount of funding available for arts and culture initiatives, and to apply these funds to innovative, sustainable projects that make a meaningful contribution to society. Through structured funding programmes, ACT provides support for all expressions of arts and culture, including literature, music, visual art, theatre and dance, and the support extends to festivals, community arts initiatives, arts management, arts education and arts administration. Follow ACT on Twitter ( or like the trust’s Facebook page (

About Nedbank

In partnership with the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) the Nedbank Arts Affinity has donated more than R22 million to support over 800 arts, culture and heritage development projects countrywide. If you would like to make a difference to the lives of talented young artists in South Africa, simply link your Nedbank Greenbacks programme to the Nedbank Arts Affinity and Nedbank will donate funds to ACT, at no cost to you.

For more information download the Greenbacks app, visit any Nedbank branch, call us on 0860 555 111 or visit