Please note that there are approximately 3500 new bursaries available in 2014. New applicants are advised to also pursue other funding opportunities.
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.
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.
Selection criteria include the following:
- 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.
Programmes to be funded
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).
Undergraduates Bachelor of Education
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).
Undergraduate Bachelor of Science
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.
One-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) for graduates whose degrees include majors in priority areas.
How to apply
You have to apply online at Education Department Website, see links below
Download the Brochure and Application Note Documents
Download Brochure, Click Here
Download Application Notes, Click Here
Closing Date 10 January 2014 for New Applicants
15 November 2013 for returning bursars
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