Robben Island Museum (RIM) Bursary South Africa

About Robben Island Museum

Robben Island is an island in Cape Town, South Africa which imprisoned three of South Africa’s former presidents, Nelson Mandela, Kgalema Motlanthe, and Jacob Zuma. The island is both a South African National Heritage Site and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With the fall of the apartheid, the island has become a popular tourist destination.

Robben Island Museum (RIM) was founded in 1997 by the Department of Arts and Culture. Its purpose is to manage, maintain, develop, and promote Robben Island as a national estate and World Heritage Site. RIM conserve the island’s natural resources and cultural heritage by implementing various conservation, research, and tourist development programmes.

Robben Island Museum Bursaries

Robben Island Museum is now inviting South African postgraduates for its Internship and Bursary programme for the upcoming academic year.

The bursary will cover postgraduate studies in fields related to:

  • Museums and Heritage Studies
  • Social Science
  • History
  • Oral History
  • Heritage, as well as related disciplines.

RIM offers an Internship and Bursary Programme as a methodology to ensure access to and the conservation of the layered heritage of Robben Island (RI). This methodology contributes to the notion of RI as the “University of life”, as espoused by former political prisoners.

The bursary is granted to partially cover tuition fees, at a maximum amount of R35 000 per selected student.

Bursary holders will be required to do an Internship and Research programme at RIM Public Heritage Education Department (RIM PHED), as well as participate in various RIM programmes.

Bursary Requirements and Eligibility

  • South African citizens
  • Students who have applied independently at a South African University for the upcoming academic year
  • Students applied to study towards a Postgraduate qualification, in one of the fields listed above
  • Applicants who are registered to study accredited courses related to Museums and Heritage Studies, Social Science, History or Oral History and Heritage


How to Apply and Application Details

  1. Submit the following required documents:
    • Motivation letter, describing why you should be considered for the Robben Island Museum Bursary
    • Curriculum vitae (Include all your contact details and the names and contact details of your referees)
    • Certified copies of tertiary-level qualifications achieved
    • Proof of registration at a university for the 2022 academic year
  2. Send the above documentation to Ms. Vanessa Mitchell at

Opening & Closing Date

Currently closed for application. Please check back later for the updated opening and closing date of this bursary.

Contact Details

Ms Vanessa Mitchell
Public Heritage Education Department
Robben Island Museum
Post:  PO Box 51806, V&A Waterfront 8002
Tel: 27 21 4134200/4095100

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