Funza Lushaka Bursary Program for Future Teachers

Do you have a passion in the world of teaching and want to fight illiteracy in South Africa? Then apply for the Funza Lushaka Bursary Program for Future Teacher provided by the Department of Basic Education. Individuals who wish to study in Education sector and intend to give back to community by teaching at public schools are encouraged and welcomed to apply.

Bursary Details

The Department of Basic Education concerns with adult literacy programs and schools throughout South Africa starting from Grade R to Grade 12. The department’s objective is to establish a sustainable education system in South Africa for the 21st century where everyone has access to education, learning and training. Student teachers who are in need of a fund should apply for the Funza Lushaka Bursary Program for Future Teacher. University students, students enrolling for PGCE, and even current bursars are all eligible to apply. The program aims to provide financial support to students who are at a disadvantage financially and who intend on studying in the Education sector. The program is open for the following areas:

  • FET Phase teaching (Grade 10 up to 12): students who major in any of the following two subjects:
  • Economics/Accounting/Mathematics/Agricultural Sciences/Technical Mathematics/Physical Sciences/Technical Sciences/Life Sciences/languages/Geography/Agricultural Technology/Information Technology/Civil Technology/Computer Applications Technology/Mechanical Technology/Electrical Technology/Engineering Graphics and Design
  • Intermediate and Senior Phase Teaching (Grade 4 up to 9): students who major in any of the following two subjects:
  • Languages/Mathematics/Natural Science/Technology
  • Foundation Phase Teaching (Grade R up to 3): African Languages will be given preference
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The qualified students will receive the following coverage: food and accommodation, tuition fees, study materials and textbooks as well as allowance for general living costs. Upon completion of the teaching qualification, students will be required to teach at a public school for the same duration that they received the bursary.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be a South African citizen
  • Must be granted acceptance into a suitable qualification at a recognised university/tertiary institutions
  • Be able to demonstrate satisfactory academic capability
  • Have a keen interest in working with children
  • Be willing to teach at a school they are appointed to by the Provincial Education Department
  • Have clear criminal record
  • Have no charges of dismissed from work or misconduct

Applicants from rural areas and those who intend on teaching in rural areas will be given preference.

More entry requirements details can be found here.

Application Procedure

If this is your first time applying for the Funza Lushaka Bursary Program for Future Teacher, please head to this page. If you are re applying then applications can be done here.

You need to click on the “I Accept” button to proceed once you have read the Terms and Conditions

As part of your application, you must also submit the following documents:

  • Certified copy of ID document
  • Proof of registration or acceptance at University
  • Certified copy of academic transcript for current tertiary students
  • Certified copy of matric certificate for applicants who have finished matric
  • Certified copy of latest matric results for current matric candidates

Applications will open on October 1st 2018. The closing date for re applications is on November 16, 2018 while the deadline for new applications is on January 11, 2019. No late applications will be considered. If you need more information, please contact the Academic and Administrative Coordinators of Funza Lushaka at your university. Tel: 012 357 3000

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