South African Cultural Observatory

Careers, Scholarships and Opportunities

SACO Scholarship

Scholarship applications are now closed. If you have not received any communication by 28 February 2017, please consider the application unsuccessful. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Applications received after the deadline via email will not be considered. The awarding of scholarships are at the discretion of the SACO Scholarship Panel.

DAC Bursary

The Department of Arts and Culture invites applications for bursaries from students who wish to pursue studies in heritage related programmes. The bursary will fund undergraduate studies only. The bursary is available for strictly outstanding academic performers.

For more information and application details click here Bursary Application Bursary Advertisement


UMUZI Learnership

The Umuzi Academy offers a free one-year learnership that produces high-calibre, entry-level designers, copywriters, digital, and multimedia professionals. Recruits are paid a monthly stipend of R1,500 - R2,000. The learnership includes a National Certificate in Advertising (NQF level 5) and work experience at a top creative agency. Over 80% of our graduates get jobs at top agencies.

Learnership overview

The learnership runs over 12 months, including 9 months of on-the-job training at Umuzi, and 3 months working at a partner agency, media or production house
Recruits complete a National Certificate in Advertising giving them exposure to the whole agency process from client service, through strategy, creative, traffic, to production

Why join Umuzi?

  • The learnership is free, and includes a monthly stipend of R1,500 - R2,000
  • 80% of our recruits successfully secure a job at a leading creative employer before they graduate.
  • Umuzi is an MICT SETA accredited training provider, and our learnership includes a National Certificate in Advertising (NQF level-5 qualification)
  • The learnership is tailormade to the creative industry’s needs, thanks to our partnership with the Creative Circle, the industry body representing creative agencies
  • The learnership includes work experience at a leading creative agency, media, or production house

Application process

We find the best talent for our learnership. Our intense recruitment process includes online cv and portfolio reviews, creative tests, and interviews. Successful applicants are invited to a one-week bootcamp for on-the-job assessment. Less than 10% of applicants are selected.

Our application requirements are:

  • South African citizens
  • Matric certificate or equivalent qualification
  • No criminal record
  • Portfolio of work demonstrating your creative skills
  • Passion to become a creative professional


Apply through the  UMUZI Website




The Arts and Culture Trust

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is South Africa’s premier independent arts and culture funding and development agency.


A number of focused funding and development programmes implemented by ACT support a broad range of activities nationally. Through the Professional Development Programme the Trust makes funding available to individual artists, practitioners and arts and culture organisations and institutions in the form of once-off grants. The Scholarships Programme facilitates the allocation of three grants to pursue undergraduate performing arts studies and the annual ACT Awards recognises and celebrates excellence in South African arts, culture and creativity. Through the presentation of arts management master classes, ACT develops administration and management skills of practitioners, which in turn increases the capacity and sustainability of arts organisations and institutions. The Arts & Culture Conference presented by the Trust aims to share information, knowledge and research with stakeholders of the creative economy with a view to develop, enable and inspire the sector.


ACT is the oldest arts funding agency in democratic South Africa. Since 1994 it has advanced its position towards becoming a self-sustaining perpetual Fund for the continued development of arts and culture. ACT’s programmes offer a low-cost high-impact proposition for businesses wanting to achieve their Corporate Social Investment (CSI)BEE or marketing objectives within the arts and culture sector. The Trust’s model has seen it disburse more than R22 million over the past 22 years. ACT has also reached a degree of operational sustainability and sponsors and philanthropists can rest assured in knowing that their valuable contribution to the Trust Fund directly benefits South African artists and organisations. 

ACT Website



 There are currently no vacancies available.


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