Funza Lushaka Bursary for 2020 Funza Lushaka Application for 2020- 2021

The Funza Lushaka Bursary is a very popular bursary in South Africa. If you want to make a difference and become a teacher, the Funza bursary could be an option to fund your study. They offer support to undergraduate students who want to become a teacher, and they also offer a 1-year post-graduate bursary (PGCE)

What Is the Funza Lushaka Bursary?

It is a teaching bursary and offers support to students who want to become a teacher. The provider of the bursary is the Department of Basic Education in South Africa. It is a multi-year bursary and its goal is to support teaching in public schools. Funza Lushaka offers 2 different bursaries

  1. Bursary for Undergraduate Studies: this is a bachelor of education specialising in the different phases of education (Foundation phase, Intermediate phase, Senior phase and FET phase)
  2. Post Graduate Bursary : a 1 Year bursary for a PGCE certificate (Postgraduate Certificate in Education)

You will be required to teach at a public school. You will be assigned to a public school by the Department of Basic Education (you can not choose the school yourself)

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

Who Can Apply For the Funza Lushaka Bursary?

First lets start by who can NOT apply for Funza Lushaka bursaries.

  • If you have a criminal record, if you are charged of misconduct, or if you are dismissed from work, applying for this bursary will be a waste of time.
  • Employees from Higher Education Institutions are not allowed to apply for this bursary and neither is their family.
  • if you already have some teaching qualifications, you are not allowed to receive this bursary

Besides stating who can not apply, they are also very clear about these guidelines:

  • The only to apply is by online application. They will not accept hard copies of printed forms
  • If you completed the Funza Lushaka online application, they require you to print it and keep it with you.

If you are still in the green after reading this, these are the mayors they will prefer you to study

Priority Area Subjects

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

  • Foundation phase specialization

Intermediate Phase (Gr 4-6; ages 10-12): (2 of the following)

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

Senior Phase (Gr 7-9; ages 13-15): (2 of the following)

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

FET Phase (Gr 10-12; ages 16-18): (2 of the following)

  • 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)

What Are the Requirements for the Funza Lushaka Application 2020?

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

Basic requirements

  • 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
  • All first-time applicants have to be younger than 30 years old

First Time Entrants To University

  • You need proof you can start with your bachelor degree at Matric Grade 12
  • At least a 4 rating for the subjects you want to specialize in to become a teacher
  • You need to have passed Mathematics or mathematics literacy at Grade 12 level and a minimum level of 4 for home language if your intention is to specialize for foundation phase
  • If you have completed your Matric before 2008, you will need an average of 50% (before mathematics was compulsory)
  • If you want to specialize in the teaching of Technology subjects, you will need a level 4 pass for Mathematics. This also counts for CAT and for those students without these levels for matric

If you are a new applicant but already studying at University

  • You must have passed all your subjects in your last year of study.
  • At least an average score of 55% for your last year of study.
  • At least an average score of 55% for the subjects you intend to become a teacher in.
  • Take into account that the above requirements are the bare minimum. The Funza Lushaka bursary is for ambitious students. High Academic results will be awarded firstly.

Requirements for the PGCE Post Graduate Bursary

If you want to apply for the Funza postgraduate bursary there are some different requirements namely the following:

  • You need to be Academically qualified to do the Post Graduate degree
  • Foundation Phase: You need to have a Major in Psychology and African Language
  • Intermediate, senior and further phase: You will need to have majored for the subjects you want to specialize in
  • You will need TWO identified priority subjects at a second-year level (they really emphasize this)
  • You need adequate modules for the topics you decided to specialize in

Requirements for students who already have the Funza Lushaka Bursary

  • From your last year of study, you will need to have passed at least 66.6% of all your modules
  • The same counts for the priority subject areas
  • If you are only doing 1 major, you need to pass this major.
  • You need to be progressing to your next year of study
  • You need to have passed at least 50% of all the modules in your study

What Happens When You Completed Your Study With Funza Bursaries?

Before we go to explain how to apply for Funza, we want to emphasize what Funza expects from you when you completed your study.

  1. You will be required to work as a teacher on a public school for the same number of years you received their bursary.
  2. If you decide you dont want to teach at a public school, you need to repay the bursary (please read the small letters in the bursary contract)
  3. You need an email address and a phone number so Funza may contact you

How to Apply For the Funza Lushaka Bursary?

Funza Lushaka Online Application

Everything we described so far comes from the notes they have on the Funza website. Please read it before you apply. The steps described below are clearly written on the Funza website.

  1. Go to the Government portal—–>www.eservices.gov.za
  2. Register an account or make a new one
  3. Select Funza Lushaka Bursary
  4. Enter the OTP you will receive with your preferred channel
  5. Click “Next”
  6. Read the terms and conditions carefully. If you agree, accept them.
  7. Now you will see an application button for 2020, click it
  8. Follow every step and complete all required fields
  9. Confirm that what you have written is true and don’t forget to hard print your application

Funza Lushaka Closing Date For 2020

None, you can apply for this the whole year.

Funza Lushaka Contact Details for their Bursary

All questions about this bursary should be done with the Administrative co-ordinators at your University. They advise not to seek contact directly with NSFAS or with the Department of Basic Education. Please don’t visit these institutions in person. Inquiries can be made by phone: 012 357 3000

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the funza lushaka allowance?

Funza will pay for all the necessary costs. However, this will vary as different Universities have different costs. It will cover most costs like meals, accommodation, textbooks and tuition fees. There is also a small stipend to cover some basic living expenses

Is Funza Lushaka available at Unisa?

Yes, as long as you follow the requirements you are allowed to apply for their bursary. If you have doubts if you are eligible, contact your study coordinator at your University who is gladly to help you figure this out.

How do I check my Funza Lushaka status?

You have signed up at the website—> www.eservices.gov.za That is also the place where you can check your status. Sign in with your credentials you received when you registered.

How do I contact funza lushaka?

You are advised not to contact Funza directly. First try it with your administrative coordinator at your University. Otherwise try calling them 012 357 3000

Does Funza Lushaka have an Age limit?

Yes, if you apply for the first time for a Funza Lushaka bursary, you need to be younger than 30 years old.

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17 thoughts on “Funza Lushaka Bursary for 2020 Funza Lushaka Application for 2020- 2021”

  1. Thank you for being supportive and taking care for the learns who wish to study further at higher institutions. May the lord God almighty bless you. This is a motivation to the learners who are still at school. It show improvements and development in our country.

    • You have to apply for this Bursary at Funza Lushaka, we have no saying in this as we are not representing Funza Lushaka. We just list the information.

  2. I would really like to have a bursary for teaching next year (2017) either senior phase(grade 7-9) ages 13-15 teaching them English or FET phase (grade 10-12) ages 16-18 teaching them life science or English

  3. This is a very good opportunity for us historically disadvantaged individuals,am definately gonna apply for my piece of the pie in the FET phase this is exciting..

  4. Unfortunately i haven’t receive any bursary , it my second year at University. I am doing Bed [Intermediate and Senior Phase]. Please assist me and i did applied for Funza Lushaka i am waiting for their respond.

  5. i have applied for the bursary,and i have been accepted in university for B.ed, my student number is listed in the form but i have not heard from Funza.

    • funza will let you know if you are getting a Bursary from them. In the meantime never but all your eggs in one basket and apply for all the Bursaries in your direction. Good Luck

  6. I would like to apply for funza lushaka next semester,I will be applying at university next term,I just want to know the application date and due date for funza lushaka busary

  7. In unisa there’s second semester this year 2016 in June so i cant apply on funza lushaka after i registered

  8. it is foundation like these that give people like me hope for a better futture

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