Bursaries for Film and Media 2020 -2021

The world of film and media revolves around entertainment, social life, and the shaping of our people, cultures, and more. It is seen and hears everywhere in our daily lives. This field includes the news, papers, radio, internet, television, films, and all aspects of media.

Bursaries for film and media offers candidates a variety of bursaries from multiple companies in and out of South Africa each year. Here are just some of the companies listed below for study in this field. Or take a look at our other bursaries for South Africa.

Bursaries for Film and Media

Here are the most common study fields if considering a career in film and media:

  • Video Editor
  • Media Manager
  • Production Assistant
  • Editor
  • Art Director
  • Copywriter
  • Set Builder
  • Projects Manager
  • Film Director
  • Sound Designer
  • Casting Associate
  • Marketing Manager
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Staff Writer

You may also look at the following fields:

  • Camera Assistant
  • Wardrobe Stylist
  • Personal Assistant
  • Photographer
  • Advertising Assistant
  • Props Technician
  • Script Reader
  • Sound Assistant

With a degree in film and media, your work opportunities are plenty and you can enter in many industries. These range from newspapers, radio, and television, then on to the film and movie industry, also including marketing and advertising.

If you are looking for bursaries in film and media, you will have to meet the stipulations as set out by each company before you apply. Candidates may need the following and more:

  • To apply you must be a South African citizen with a valid ID document.
  • You must be an analytical thinker with problem-solving skills.
  • You must be able to work individually and as part of a team.
  • You will need good language skills for communication.

This field holds many possibilities and directions for career options. Depending on your intended skill set you will be able to work in many industries in any country. You can go in any field such as film, digital media, photography, video, writing, marketing, management, and more.

Bursaries in Journalism 2020 -2021

Are you a thrill seeker with a passion for adventure and life?  Then journalism might be the career path you have been looking for.  Bursaries are a financial aid given to deserving candidates to study into a field that they love.  Can you handle the world of media?

List of Journalism Bursaries for African Students

There are a number of companies providing bursaries for these and many other fields of study that one could consider for a bursary.  You can have a look at:

They all have bursaries available each year in these fields of study.

Study Fields for Bursaries in Journalism

  • Journalism
  • Media Studies
  • Information gathering & processing
  • Laws & Policies
  • Photojournalism
  • Electronic Media
  • Publishing

Journalism Bursary Requirements

  • You have to be a South African citizen with a valid ID Book / ID Card.
  • You have to be able to prove the need for financial assistance.
  • You have to provide a willingness to learn as well as a passion for the field of study chosen and outstanding academic records.

Many journalism courses are available although a Bachelor in Journalism will take 4 years to complete.  A Master degree will only be another 2 year study period after you have completed your Bachelor degree and for a PhD, you can add another 2 years to that at least.

To become a great journalist, a candidate should be able to work under pressure with no problems and adhere to deadlines.  Candidates have to be detail orientated with exceptional people skills.  Are you always curious, asking question after question and never giving up until you know everything?

Journalists are required for many industries such as radio, television, and newspapers as well as online.  They should be honest and reliable bringing news to readers that are informative.  Journalist studies prepare students to function as writers, editors, and reporters for magazines and other forms of media.  There is also public relations, marketing, and advertising to consider as career paths with journalism.

Are you a real ‘go-getter’ that loves the rush?  Do you love tracking down the truth and spreading the word?  Journalism is an exciting career with never a dull moment!  Do you have excellent listening skills as well as knowing which questions to ask?  Can you take the lead and do what is required when the time comes?  If you feel this is what you want then make your application and enter a whole new world.

Government Bursaries 2020 -2021

Are you looking for government bursaries offered for students? Studying is very expensive in South Africa and a first-year at a tertiary institution could cost you around R40k to R70k. No wonder why bursaries are such a big deal in South Africa. Luckily there are many Government departments in SA offering bursaries for students. 

What do Government Bursaries Cover?

A Bursary offered by a local municipality or Province will work in the same way as other bursaries. They will over fees for:

  • Registration
  • Tuition
  • Accommodation
  • Living costs
  • Books and other materials 

However, you will notice that most bursaries are capped by value. This means that they will only pay a certain amount of money for your study and most likely this will not be enough to cover everything. These bursaries are a great help but you will often need to pay a bit out of your own pockets or try to get work beside your study

Work for the Government

Although you don’t have to pay back a bursary, the institution offering the bursary will often ask for payback in the form of service. After you finished your education you will need to pay with service for the number of years you received the bursary. Make sure to read the small letters on the bursary contract.

Government Bursaries Offered in SA By Province

There are a lot of bursaries offered by local municipalities or provinces. They are often offered to the students living in those areas.

Gauteng Province Bursaries

CityBursaryClosing DateApplication Forms
JohannesburgJohannesburg City Bursary11 October
JohannesburgCity Power Johannesburg
Department Employment & LabourCompensation Fund Bursary31 OctoberForm
EkurhuleniEkurhuleni Community Bursaries22 NovemberForm


Western Cape

Eastern Cape



North West

Free State

Nothern Cape

Here are some of the most commonly found study fields to consider:

Candidates wanting to follow any of these fields of study will need to have the following to qualify for a bursary.  Each government department also has their own additional requirements.

  • Candidates must be a South African citizen with a valid ID Book / ID Card.
  • Candidates must be able to prove their need for financial aid.
  • Candidates must have outstanding academic records with proof of acceptance at a higher learning institute.
  • Candidates must prove that they are from a previously disadvantaged background.

With these fields of study available, the doors to South Africa and the world is open to successful students.  There are many local and international companies one could consider when looking at any of the fields accessible although candidates have to confirm ahead of time with the departments if there will be a work-back period.

They can also provide candidates the opportunity to head their own businesses if sufficient support is gained.  These bursary programs have many perks to offer in addition to giving the candidates a future to strive for.