Arts bursaries for KZN students available

2016-10-05 06:00

THE KZN Department of Arts and Culture is offering bursaries to students who want to pursue careers in jewellery design, fine art, graphic design, languages, performing arts, anthropology, restoration and conservation, and archival studies.

The bursaries will cover full-time studies only at public higher education institutions, and cover tuition fees, meals or stipends, accommodation, and prescribed textbooks where necessary.

Students are responsible for their own admission to a tertiary institution and accommodation within a university’s residence.

Youth with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Funds are limited and there is no guarantee that all applicants will be successful.

Preference will be given those who pursue studies at institutions within KwaZulu-Natal. Bursaries will be awarded to those who choose to study at public higher education institutions, unless their chosen course is only offered at private institutions.

Successful recipients will enter into a contract with the department for a number of years equivalent to the duration of the period of study.

To qualify for the bursaries, students must possess a matric/Grade 12 certificate, be between the ages of 18 and 35, and reside in Kwa­Zulu-Natal.

Students must also have a provisional acceptance letter from a public institution of higher learning, and willing to study courses in the fields indicated above.

Students who are currently studying in the arts fields indicated above are also eligible to apply.

To apply for the bursaries, students must fill out a bursary application form available from Operation Sukuma Sakhe war rooms, Department of Education district offices, municipality offices, and student funding offices at higher education institutions.

The advertisement and forms are also available to download from the KZN Arts and Culture website:

Students are advised to fill out application forms carefully and correctly. Last year, applicants submitted incomplete applications without the necessary documentation, such as a copy of their ID and proof of residence. Applicants also neglected to disclose information regarding family income, or the whereabouts and income of the second parent.

The closing date for applications is 30 October.

Arts and Culture MEC Bongiwe Sithole-Moloi said: “With protests raging against university fees countrywide, it is of even greater importance that the youth are afforded as many opportunities as possible to advance their education. The department hopes that, through the awarding of these bursaries, it is able to assist those eager to realise their potential as artists and make a difference in our country.”

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For more information, contact Lethukuthula Mtshali at 081 037 8321

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