Funza Lushaka Bursaries Programme
The Funza Lushaka Bursaries Programme is a multi-year programme that promotes teaching in public schools of South Africa. Bursaries are available to enable eligible students to complete a full teaching qualification in an area of national priority. Recipients of the bursary will be required to teach at a public school for the same number of years that they receive the bursary.
Qualified recipients of the bursary can apply for appropriate public school positions with the provincial education department of their choice. The PED concerned will determine whether there is a suitable post available. If there is not, the applicant will be offered employment in a PED that does have suitable vacancies.
Bursary Application Criteria
The bursary is only awarded to South African citizens. Applications will not be considered unless the applicant has a valid South African ID number. Applicants for the bursary must already have been accepted into an appropriate study programme at a recognized higher education institution. Applicants also need to meet certain admission criteria of the institution and they must also meet the national selection criteria for the Funza Lushaka bursary.
Bursaries Selection Criteria
The applicant’s academic ability
Eligibility for an approved degree or PGCE in two of the priority areas;
Commitment to a teaching career, which includes: interest in working with young people; enthusiasm for a professional career in teaching; readiness to face and surmount difficult challenges and personal integrity;
Commitment to teach in any school to which a student may be appointed by a PED.
Everything else being equal, selection should favour candidates from rural areas, candidates who wish to teach in rural areas and candidates whose financial position would otherwise exclude them from enrolment for a teaching qualification. The bursary will only be awarded if two of the priority area specialization subjects are included as a teaching subject in your qualification.
Funza Lushaka Bursary Value
Funza Lushaka bursaries cover all the recipient’s essential expenses.Expenses covered include tuition, full accommodation including meals, books and learning materials, and a small allowance for monthly living expenses. The allocation to any individual student is capped at a specific value. Where the HEI charges more than the capped value the bursars will have to top up from own funds. Universities have different cost structures, so the total value of a bursary differs from institution to institution.
Bursary Application Process
How To Apply