Afrique du Sud


Type of grant

Study grant.


Postgraduate studies (Master’s and PhD).

Sectors and field of study

International bursaries are awarded to qualifying applicants for post graduate film related programmes that are not offered in any South African university.


Programme description

The National Film & Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture, is a statutory body mandated to spearhead the equitable growth and development of the South African film and video industry.

The NFVF’s bursary programme is aimed at building capacity by upskilling film and TV professionals for global competitiveness through its support of qualifying applicants for overseas studies which are not offered at South African tertiary institutions. However, Live Performance or Acting programmes are excluded.


Four international bursaries for overseas studies are awarded annually for a study period of two years.

Financial terms

Cover will be provided up to a maximum of R250 000 (which includes cover for tuition fees and living expenses).

Grant funded by

The National Film & Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the South African Department of Arts and Culture.

Eligibility criteria

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South African citizens.

Level of study required


Additional terms and conditions

The applicant must:

  • Apply six months before the course commences;
  • Be a South African citizen;
  • Have a good academic record;
  • Demonstrate a need for a financial assistance;
  • Be enrolled at an accredited overseas tertiary institution for a full time post graduate film/TV programme (the course must be commencing in September and not available in South Africa).

Applications must be accompanied by a detailed motivation as to why the applicant must be awarded a bursary.

Application process

How to apply

The online international bursary application form is available on the NFVF website: or

Applicants must first register an account before they can log-in and proceed with the application.

Required Documents:

  • A completed application form;
  • A covering letter including personal motivation for study and its relevance to the applicant’s intended career path and benefit to South African film industry;
  • Proof of registration at a recognised institution or proof of acceptance to study at a recognised institution;
  • A letter of recommendation from an industry professional;
  • Proof of financial need in the form of legal guardian and applicant's payslip or bank statements or IRP5 form. If the legal guardian and applicant are unemployed, producing an affidavit to that effect will suffice;
  • Certified copy of Senior Certificate;
  • Certified copy of undergraduate qualification;
  • Certified copy of South African Identity Document;
  • Certified copy of most recent academic results.

Applications usually open in June and close in August.

Selection Process

The NFVF Council makes the final decision as mandated by the NFVF Act. While each category of funding has its own specific criteria, the goal is to ensure that filmmakers from emerging to experienced benefit equitably from NFVF funding and programmes.