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ANFASA Grant Scheme for Authors (AGSA) 2021


Closing Date: 

July, 2020

Field of Study: 

Bursary Details: 

Do you have a mind and creativity of an author of general non-fiction work, educational or academic work currently involved in a writing project?

ANFASA Offer Funding for you to pursue your Author Passion.

If a grant can allow you to take time off from work or complete the research for your writing project then AGSA is there for you.

What is a “general non-fiction work”? Just as an example, it could be a biography or an autobiography; a history of a town or a region or a religion; a book about music or sport or theatre; a political or social analysis; an account of everyday life in a township; a book about nursing, or cooking, or fashion, or fishes, or traditional medicines, or cars – those are just a few of the many topics supported by the ANFASA grant scheme in the past.

Candidate Requirements: 

The grants are intended to provide a sum of around R25 000 to be used for an author to “buy time” – to take leave, for instance, and devote herself or himself to writing; or to travel in order to conduct research. The grants are for research and writing, and are not intended to cover the cost of publishing the manuscript although a grant could also be used to cover some editing costs, for instance, if properly motivated.

An independent committee will assess the applications and select the most deserving. The selection committee aims to offer awards to a wide-ranging group of authors and subjects, and the selection process will respect the need to treat new and experienced authors equally; to bear in mind authors writing in rural as well as urban locations; and to consider authors at all levels of education from the untutored to the degreed.

The ANFASA grant scheme especially encourages writing by new authors. Applications for books written in all the official languages will be equally considered.

Bursary Equiries: 

Application Form: 

How to Apply: 

Download and complete the application form and email [email protected]

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