5 April 2024

Opportunity Description

The ACT Nyoloha Training Programme is a development-focused opportunity, designed to increase employability through the enhancement of sector-related knowledge and skills. Priority will be given to 17-25 youth who do not wish to pursue a formal qualification in the performing/creative sector but are currently and actively pursuing careers in performing/creative disciplines.

2024 ACT Nyoloha Scholarship Programme

  • Successful programme participants will participate in bi-weekly workshops from 8 June – 17 August 2024.
  • Scholarships finals week will be held in Johannesburg, Gauteng, from 23 – 27 September 2024.
  • ACT will cover finalists’ meals, travel and accommodation costs during the finals week.
  • The final programme exhibition event and gala night will take place on 26 & 28 September 2024 respectively. At the Gala Night, the scholarship winners announcements will take place.
  • Scholarships may only be utilised for Digital/Performing/Visual Arts studies at a South African tertiary or ACT accredited institution. Winners may only choose an institution from the institution list on the website.


Individuals who are:

  1. Between the ages of 17 – 25 years old.
  2. Currently in Grade 12 OR have university exemption.
  3. Need financial assistance to pursue a qualification in performing or visual arts as a South African tertiary/accredited institution, for studies commencing in 2025.
  4. Not currently registered at a tertiary institution/accredited institution for the 2024 academic year.
  5. Do not have an existing tertiary qualification in an arts/creative discipline from a South African tertiary/accredited institution.
  6. Not considered a professional artist – (have specialized training/and or employed full time in their artistic discipline)
  7. Not a 2023 ACT Nyoloha Scholarship Programme participant or finalist.
  8. Willing and able to commit to the 6-month duration of the programme.
  9. A South African citizen.

How to Apply


Applicants will be asked to attach the following to their application form:

  1. ID Copy (front & back)
  2. Previous semester/last academic results
  3. Signed consent form, which can be downloaded here.
  4. Headshot
  5. 1 x Video (Performing Arts) OR 4 x Portfolio pictures (Visual Arts)

Performing Arts (Singing, Dance and Acting)

If applying for the performing arts discipline, please submit a 2 minute video performing in your selected discipline.

(a) Preparation for video submission (singing):

  • Prepare a song of your choice, in any genre, that best showcases your vocal range, technique and overall talent. You may use a backtrack or instruments as back-up.

(b) Preparation for video submission (dance):

  • Prepare a dance/movement piece of your choice, which best showcases your range and talent.

(c) Preparation for video submission (theatre/acting)

  • Prepare a monologue, from Addendum 2, which best showcases your acting range and talent. .
  • Please DO NOT use your own material.
  • Make sure to film in a room with good lighting and a plain background.
  • Ensure to use landscape/horizontal mode.
  • Avoid places with any background noise and do not do your audition in the bathroom or any place where the sound will echo.
  • No parents/legal guardian or teachers are allowed participation in the audition video.
  • Use minimal props for your audition video. You may use a table and chair, and musical instruments (for singing recordings) as part of your props.

Digital/Visual Arts

If applying for the digital/visual arts discipline, please submit the following:

(a) Four different and original pieces of work:

  • 1x portrait
  • 1x landscape
  • 2x original artworks.

(b) The submission must also include:

  • A short bio of 70<100 words.
  • A short artist statement of 70<100 words, detailing reason of creation of artworks in the format and style.