Funza Lushaka Bursary Program 2020 -2021

The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme is a national program headed by the Department of Basic Education, funded by the National Treasury and administered by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).

There is no doubt that a solid education is an answer to many of our country’s problems, and as such, the government runs this scheme in order to make it easier for interested individuals to become teachers to help shape our youth.

The bursary is valid for one year at a time, successful bursary holders must re-apply each year if they wish to cover the entire duration of their studies.

Funza Lushaka supports many South Africans in becoming a teacher. If you were not successful in obtaining a bursary with them, take a look at our other teaching bursaries.

Who Can Apply For the Funza Lushaka Bursary?

The Funza Lushaka Bursaries are awarded to full-time, part-time and distance education students who have been accepted to higher education institutions for the following degree types:

  • Bachelor of Education (BEd)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

Priority Area Subjects

Foundation Phase (Gr R-3, ages 5-9):

  • Foundation phase specialization

Intermediate Phase (Gr 4-6; ages 10-12):

  • African Language
  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Technology

Senior Phase (Gr 7-9; ages 13-15):

  • African Languages
  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Technology

FET Phase (Gr 10-12; ages 16-18):

  • Accounting (our other accounting bursaries)
  • African Languages
  • Agricultural Sciences (our other Agriculture bursaries)
  • Agricultural Technology
  • Civil Technology
  • Computer Applications Technology
  • Economics
  • Electrical Technology
  • Engineering Graphics and Design
  • English Language
  • Geography
  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematical Literacy
  • Mechanical Technology
  • Physical Sciences (Our other Physical science bursaries)

Requirements for Application for the Funza Lushaka Bursary

Applicants for the Funza Lushaka Bursary must meet the following basic requirements in order to be considered:

  • Must be a South African citizen with a valid ID
  • Must have already been accepted to an appropriate field of study at a recognized higher education institution
  • Must be committed to and enthusiastic about a professional teaching career with interests that include working with young people, readiness to face and overcome challenges
  • Must have personal integrity

Academic Criteria

For individuals applying for the first time for a university:

  • Completion of matric with an exemption, endorsement or admission to a Bachelor Degree study
  • Level 4 pass / 60% (SG) or 50% (HG) for a matric subject which leads to the priority area
  • For those who wish to specialize in the foundation level:
    • A passing grade in Mathematics/Mathematics Literacy (if the individual matriculated before 2008 when Maths was not compulsory, an overall good performance—average of 50%—may still be considered)
    • Level 4 pass / 60% (SG) or 50% (HG) in home language
  • For those who wish to specialize in technology subjects but did not take those subjects at a matric level, a pass in Maths or Math Literacy is needed

For individuals who are already at university or enrolling for PGCE:

  • A passing grade for all modules studies in the last year of study at university
  • Minimum of 55% average across all modules studied in the last year

For existing bursars who are reapplying:

  • Must have a minimum of 50% across all modules and progressing to the next level/year of study

1. Undergraduate (1)

This bursary option encompasses a four-year Bachelor of Education degree, specializing in all five phases.

2. Undergraduate (2)

This particular bursary option is open to those who wish to study any three or four-year long Bachelors degree which includes a field that will allow the student to progress to the one-year PGCE.

3. Graduate

This bursary option is available to individuals who have qualified for the PGCE, i.e. those who have graduated from their degrees that include majors in priority areas.

Each of the three qualifications mentioned above must include subjects in at least one priority area for which the individual plans to specialise in as a teacher. Students will also have to specialise in a particular phase for the Bed and PGCE qualifications.

What does the Funza Lushaka Bursary Cover?

Successful applicants will have the following covered through the Funza Lushaka bursary:

  • Tuition fees
  • Accommodation costs (for either residence or approved accommodation)
  • Meals
  • Small monthly allowance for living expenses
  • In exceptional circumstances, traveling costs may be included in the cost of traveling hiders the student from accepting the bursary

Important Information

What Happens After the Qualification
After the bursar has successfully completed all studies and holds the qualification of a certified teacher, he or she will be contractually obligated to teach in a provincial teaching post for every year that they received a bursary. Individuals will be allowed to choose the province; if however, there is no post available in the selected province at the time, the bursar will have to accept an offer in a different province.

This contractual obligation may not be deferred, i.e. the bursar must start teaching immediately after qualification; no gap year may be taken.

Support
Individuals who have any further question or concerns can get the Funza Lushaka contact details directly from the university to which they have applied. If any issues can not be resolved by the designated administrative coordinators, only then should the Department of Basic Education be contacted.

How to Apply For the Funza Lushaka Bursary?

Funza Lushaka Online Application and Bursary 2018 form

Individuals can only apply for the bursary once they have been accepted to the university of their choice and have been allocated a valid student number – the student number is needed in order to complete the Funza Lushaka application form online. More information on their bursary program can be found on the Funza Lushaka Website.

Selection Process

The university to which the individual has applied for the bursary will notify them of the outcome of their Funza Lushaka online applications; a letter will also be sent from the Department of Basic Education.

Funza Lushaka will use email or SMS as a means of communication with bursars, so they are expected to have a valid and working email address as well as a cell phone.

Funza Lushaka Bursary Closing Date?

Applications must be submitted for the Funza Lushaka bursary from 1st October before the closing date of 12th January 

Re-applications must also be submitted online before the closing date of 17 November 

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