The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is extending the deadline for the open call for bursaries in postgraduate studies to 27 November 2020.


ACT invites students accepted for a master’s or doctoral programme in the 2021 academic year to apply for one of 10 ACT bursaries. Applications for bursaries are available for study in any arts discipline. However, preference will be given to students wishing to pursue a master’s or doctoral degree in arts management or arts journalism.


Marcus Desando, ACT CEO, says ‘The ACT Development Programme Bursaries has become one of ACT’s gems and we are very proud that, through our partnership with Nedbank and their Arts Affinity initiative, we have awarded postgraduate bursaries to over 25 deserving beneficiaries who have contributed, and continue to contribute, to a growing body of knowledge in the arts. With this new cycle we hope to do the same.’


The ACT Bursary Scheme will pay out R300 000 in total, with each bursary worth R30 000. The scheme forms part of the ACT Development Programme, which is a longstanding arts development initiative sponsored by Nedbank and administered by ACT. Nedbank contributes to the South African arts-and-culture sector through its Arts Affinity. As the flagship programme of the partnership between ACT and Nedbank, the ACT Development Programme has supported more than 800 organisations and projects nationwide over the past 24 years, a contribution valued at more than R23 million in total.


Tobie Badenhorst, Head of Group Sponsorships and Cause Marketing at Nedbank, says ‘South Africa and the continent need arts postgraduates who are locally and globally responsive to the need to transform society, reflect a diversity of views, and amplify Africa’s voice in the world. This bursary will be a springboard for master’s and doctoral students in their future careers and we are excited to receive their applications.’


Applications open Monday, 2 November 2020.

Applications close Friday, 27 November 2020.


Follow this link for the criteria and to apply online:


For more information send an email to


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Notes to editors

Over 25 years of arts funding

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 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 the ACT provides support to 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. For more information visit the trust’s website. Follow the ACT on Twitter or like the ACT Facebook page.


About Nedbank

In partnership with the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT), the Nedbank Arts Affinity has donated more than R23 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 to the Arts Affinity and Nedbank will donate funds to ACT, at no cost to you. The Arts Affinity currently supports the ACT Development Programme and the annual ACT|DALRO|Nedbank Scholarship Programme. For more information download the Greenbacks app, visit any Nedbank branch, call us on 0860 555 111 or visit