The Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) established the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) with the primary objective of advancing research in the field of cultural information systems. The SACO – a national research centre hosted by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, in partnership with Rhodes University and the University of Fort Hare – supports the collection and analysis of data, influences policy, shares insights and builds on the intellectual capacity gained across the arts, culture and heritage sectors.

It works across the breadth of all cultural domains, including the arts, heritage, tourism, museums, libraries, archives and creative industries. The SACO is the informa ve ‘nerve centre’ providing the strategic vision and the organising principle to develop cultural indicators and information systems appropriate to the South African context and collection of statistics based on the sector needs.

Our scholarship & bursary programme is meant to support existing studies and complement funding sourced from other awards.

FOCUS AREA: Post Graduate related to Arts, Culture and Heritage

TARGET GROUP: South African ci zens and students who –

  • Obtained an average of 65% in the preceding degree
  • Are registered at a South African university for 2017
  • Are registered for full-time or part-time studies
  • Interested in studies relating to the field of Arts, Culture and Heritage

Priority will be given to designated groups


The research undertaken must fall within the scope of SACO’s work in the creative economy, cultural and creative industries and/or related sectors. The successful candidate and the supervisor/s involved must ensure one working or research paper based on the research undertaken in the degree is lodged with the SACO and that SACO’s contribution is formally acknowledged.


The scholarship/bursary is awarded for a maximum of two years to be distributed to the student by the recipient university. Terms and condi ons apply.

Deadline for applications is 31 January. For further information click here or to apply, visit:

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