Funza Lushaka Bursary

The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme is a multi-year programme that promotes teaching in public schools. 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 school or provincial education department 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 (PED) 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.

Admission criteria

Funza Lushaka Bursaries are 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 Funza Lushaka bursaries.

Funza Lushaka Bursary Selection Criteria

The applicant’s academic ability;
Eligibility for an approved degree or PGCE in one 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 one of the priority area specialization subjects is included as a teaching subject in your qualification.

Please note that those who already have other teaching qualifications do not qualify for this programme.

Who Qualifies for Funza Lushaka Bursary

Three types of qualifications can be funded. These are shown in the table below. The qualification must include subjects which will allow the student to specialise as a teacher in at least one priority area (see next section below).

(i) 4-year Bachelor of Education degree (B Ed), specialising in Foundation Phase (Grade R – 3), Intermediate Phase (Grade 4 – 6), Senior Phase (Grade 7 – 9) and FET Phase (Grade 10-12).

(ii) 3/4 -year Bachelors degree e.g. Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Computer Science, Bachelor of Technology in fields suitable for admission to the one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Application for funding for a Bachelors degree implies that the applicant commits to enrol for the PGCE upon completion of the undergraduate degree.

(iii) One-yearPostgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) for graduates whose degrees include majors in priority areas.

How to apply 

You need to apply for admission to a teaching qualification (B Ed or PGCE) or a Bachelors degree (e.g. BSc, B Tech, BA) with at least one major course in a priority area at a university of your choice. Once you have gained admission at a university, you are required to apply for the bursary via this Internet website.

The bursary is awarded for one academic year at a time and, on proof of academic success, the bursary may be renewed each year until the recipient of the bursary has qualified as a teacher. The bursary holder will be required to re-apply by the end of October for the following year. Recipients of bursaries will be required to teach one year for every year for which they receive a bursary.

What Funza Lushaka Bursary Covers

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. Universities have different cost structures, so the total value of a bursary differs from institution to institution.

Conditions for repeating a year

The bursary period may be extended to cover one additional year in a degree programme, or the time required for completion of one additional course in the PGCE programme. Only one such extension will be granted. Any additional time required will be at the recipient’s own cost. The bursary is renewable for one academic year at a time. On proof of academic success the bursary may be renewed each year until the recipient of the bursary has qualified as a teacher.

Conditions for repayment of the bursary

The bursary must be repaid only if the recipient fails to qualify, fails to apply for a teaching post with a PED at a public school, fails to take up a teaching post with a PED at a public school, leaves a teaching post with a PED before the end of the contracted service period, or otherwise fails to meet a requirement of Funza Lushaka bursary agreement. Bursary details

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24 thoughts on “Funza Lushaka Bursary

  1. duncan thoane says:

    i am a male,23 years of age and looking forward on career opportunity to be one of the next teachers in s.a,i will be happy if only you could take my concern to the next level

  2. Sydney says:

    Please help me I need that bursary I was matriculated in 2011 so I need finacial aid to study teaching

  3. nelly says:

    hy im a unisa student I want to know when the bursary will respond because some of the students has got smses and they were diclined

  4. Selamolela violet says:

    Hi.i am looking forward to study Teaching in 2015 at Universtity of Limpopo.i would like you to offer me a financial assistant. I have passed my matric in 2003.Subjects Passed( Accounting,Economics, Business Economics,English, N.sotho, Mathematics and Afrikaans.

  5. nokuthula nkosi says:

    I have applied for funza lushaka bursary with the university of johannesburg but they did not take me at UJ now I have registered at university of south africa so I like to know whether funza lushaka can pay for my fees at UNISA

    • Ephraim Phaho says:

      From what i have heard, it does not matter to which University you applied to.
      As long as you applied to it, your name is in their system.
      But make sure that you apply for NFSAS, in case they do not respond to your application..

  6. april tebello says:

    i really need this bursary to become the next tearcher who will help the children of South Afirca to become better person


    I am a student doing second year and I don’t afford to pay for my studies..i would be happy if funza lushaka approve me this year

  8. sbusio mantengu says:

    i really need a bursary from funza lushaka in order to fulfill my dreams for the next future im in university right now as we speak so i did a transfer to edgewood campus campus to do my education studies in 2014

  9. LINDOKUHLE says:

    I’m a student, but I wish to complete My DEGREE in a right period, therefore I need assistantce from Funza Bursary

  10. unknown_jammer says:

    Can the Funza Lushaka Bursary cover the cost of previous semester 1 if I apply for it in the semester 2? …and after I filled the online form, and printed it out, where do I give it?

    Please Reply as soon as possible…

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  12. wendoll davidson says:

    good day
    if a student received the bursary last year, will this year only be a re application?
    please advise


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  15. nokwazi september ,stundent @ unisa says:

    iam a unisa stundent i’v been applying with funza since my frist year now am doing my second year in BEd(intermediate &.senior phase) am just hoping they wll approv for my 3rd year which could be great fo me and my studys…..crossing fingers this time

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