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Welcome to the Arts and Humanities Bursary Information Hub!

Here you will find information about bursaries that are currently administered by the Arts and Humanities Bursary Office, as well as links to other bursaries that may be relevant to students in the Arts and Humanities. The bursary hub is updated whenever a new bursary offer becomes available, so please do check back regularly.


DSAC Language Bursary: Applications now open!

The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC) Language Bursary aims to promote study in language and language-related fields. Students who are enrolled in African Language Studies, Afrikaans, English, Language Education, and Linguistics are therefore welcome to apply.

The bursary is available to:
- final-year undergraduate students (up to R15 000)
- Honours students (up to R20 000)
- Master's students (up to R30 000)

The bursary is not available to:
- students who receive a rebate (e.g., child or spouse of a UWC staff member)
- students who have additional funding in excess of R30 000
- students who are not South African citizens

Please click here to apply

Applications close 15 May 2024

Laura Bassi Scholarship

The Laura Bassi Scholarship was established by Editing Press in 2018 with the aim of providing editorial assistance to postgraduates and junior academics whose research focusses on neglected topics of study, broadly construed.

The scholarships are open to every discipline and the next round of funding will be awarded in Spring 2024:
Application deadline: 24 March 2024
Results: 10 April 2024

All currently enrolled master’s and doctoral candidates are eligible to apply, as are academics in the first five years of full-time employment. Applicants are required to submit a completed application form along with their CV through the application portal by the relevant deadline. 

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The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC) invites applications for bursaries from institutions accredited and registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training for students who wish to pursue studies in heritage related programmes.

Call for Applications for 2024 DVC Research and Innovation Postgraduate Bursary (Arts and Humanities Faculty)

The aim of the DVC: Research and Innovation Postgraduate Bursary is to promote postgraduate study, specifically at Honours and Masters level, at UWC. In the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, bursaries are offered in the follow fields:
  • African Language Studies
  • Afrikaans en Nederlands
  • Anthropology
  • Arabic
  • English
  • Ethics
  • French
  • German
  • Geography, Environmental Studies and Tourism
  • Historical Studies
  • Library and Information Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Religion and Theology
  • Sociology
  • Women's and Gender Studies
(Please note that Psychology resides in the CHS faculty and Industrial Psychology in the EMS faculty. PGCE students should inquire with the Education faculty)

To apply please click here

The closing date for applications is 28 February 2024.


The bursary is available to all students who are considering an Honours or Masters degree in the above mentioned Arts and Humanities fields.

Honours applicants need to have obtained an average of at least 65% in the modules related to the Honours degree they wish to pursue.

MA applicants should have obtained at least 60% at Honours level in the relevant field.

The bursary is not available dependents of UWC staff (such as children or spouses) or those who have received other funding in excess of R20 000 (Honours) or R30 000 (MA).


The bursary amount is R20 000 for Honours students and R30 000 for MA students

Babette Taute Scholarsip for English Honours students

The late Babette Taute left the major part of her estate to establish a bursary trust for students of English at South African universities. Applicants must be South African citizens or have Permanent Resident status in South Africa.

A number of Honours scholarships of R75 000 each will be available for full time students in a one-year Honours programme.

Students of any branch of English language and literature study, including applied language studies, are eligible for the scholarships. Awards are made on merit, broadly interpreted. A fine academic record is a requirement for an award. However, the trustees are also interested in other indices of merit. These might include leadership in cultural or social areas, quality of writing and publications, and excellence as a teacher of English or a translator.

Babette Taute Scholarship holders may accept other awards, provided that the total value of awards held does not exceed R120 000. The Babette Taute Scholarship may be reduced in value to bring it in line with this requirement.

Application forms are obtainable from the Department of English, the financial aid office at this university, or from The Babette Taute Trust, C/O Ms Naaznien Parker at AND Helene Schneider at

The closing date for receipt of applications by the Trustees is 17 November 2023. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of the selection process early in January 2024.

All correspondence should carry the subject line: “Babette Taute 2024 Application/Query: (Surname of Author)”

The National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS) extends scholarships to 150 full-time PhD students annually. Their aim is to promote scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences and to address inequities in these fields. For more information, please consult their website:

The National Research Foundation (NRF) makes a number of scholarships available to postgraduate students each year. Please consult their website ( regularly to see when you can apply for a bursary/scholarship.

Call for Applications for 2024 Honours Fellowships: A.W. Mellon “Rethinking South African Literature(s)” Project

The A.W. Mellon Foundation is in 2024 funding Honours fellowships in the broad field of South African literature(s) through a project grant to the University of the Western Cape, running from 2019-2024. The value of the fellowships is R 100 000.

Applicants should submit a certified academic transcript, a CV, a copy of Identity Document or Passport, and a letter of motivation. Please note that this is a literature project. Applicants must have a background in the field of literary studies, and an interest in the broad field of South African literature(s).

Applications should be sent to Prof. Duncan Brown ( by the 10 th of November 2023. Please use the subject line “Surname: Mellon SA Lit Fellowship Application”, and make sure you get confirmation of receipt of your email message.

Prof. Duncan Brown
Principal Investigator
Mellon “Rethinking South African Literature(s)” Project.


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