The opportunity to apply for the Funza Lushaka Bursary is now available. To begin your application process and access this bursary, follow the outlined steps below:
Department of Basic Education
The department aims to establish a robust 21st-century educational system in South Africa, ensuring accessible learning, training, and education for all students. Their ultimate vision is to contribute to a peaceful, prosperous, and democratic nation by elevating the educational standards across the country.
Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme
The Department of Education in South Africa invites students to apply for the esteemed Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme for the ongoing academic year.
Each year, students aiming for teaching certification are encouraged to apply for the bursary. The Funza Lushaka Bursary caters to two distinct types of degrees, both requiring coursework that focuses on teaching in at least two priority subject areas:
Eligibility for Funza Lushaka Bursary
Undergraduate studies: A 4-year Bachelor of Education degree (BEd) specializing in any of the following: Foundation Phase (Grade R to Grade 3), Intermediate Phase (Grade 4 to Grade 6), or Senior and Further Education and Training Teaching (Grade 7 to Grade 12).
Graduate studies: A 1-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) designed for graduates pursuing degrees in two priority subjects (with one module or course completed or studied at the 3rd-year level, and one priority subject completed or studied at the 2nd-year level).
Only the PGCE for Senior Phase and Further Education and Training Teaching (SPFET) (Grade 7 to Grade 12) will receive funding.
Coverage Value, Renewal & Service Contract of Funza Lushaka Bursary
The bursary will pay for the following costs: tuition fees, books, study materials, lodging, meals, teaching practice, and allowance for general living expenses.
Students must reapply for assistance each year because bursaries are only given out for one academic year at a time. The bursary’s renewal is conditioned on the students’ academic progress and is NOT guaranteed.
Following graduation, bursary holders must fulfill a service contract that lasts for the same amount of time as the bursary cash received by teaching at a public school (chosen by the provincial education department, or PED).
Requirements For Funza Lushaka Bursary
Before applying, candidates must meet the minimal admission requirements listed below (please note that if you do not meet all of the requirements, your application will not be considered):
All applicants must meet the following criteria:
- You must be a South African citizen
- Must have a valid South African ID number
- You must be 30 years old or younger, if applying for the first time
- Must have been accepted to study towards a BEd degree or PGCE programme, specialising in at least 2 of the priority subject areas (extended programmes are not covered)
- You must have been accepted to study at a recognized tertiary institution in South African
- You must have a strong academic record
- Must be willing to teach at any school, as selected by the Provincial Education Department (PED)
- You must NOT be a Higher Education Institution employees (or a spouse, dependent or child of a Higher Education Institution employee)
- Must be committed and passionate about a career in teaching, including having an interest in working with youth; enthusiasm for teaching; and be willing and ready to face challenges with integrity
- You must NOT have any other teaching qualifications
- Must have a clear criminal record
- You must NOT have any charges of misconduct or have been dismissed from work
Funza Lushaka Requirement For First Timers
First time university entrants must also meet the following criteria:
- You must have achieved a Matric exemption, endorsement or bachelor degree admission
- Must have achieved a minimum of level 4 in Matric for 2 subjects you intend on specialising to teach
- Students who will specialising in Foundation Phase: you must have achieved a minimum level 2 pass for Mathematics OR or level 4 pass for Mathematical Literacy in Matric, AND a minimum of level 4 for your Home Language
- Students who will specialising in Intermediate Phase: you must have achieved a minimum level 2 pass for Mathematics OR or level 4 pass for Mathematical Literacy in Matric, AND a minimum of level 4 for your Home Language
- Students who will specialising in teaching Technology subjects (including CAT), who did not pass these subjects in Matric: you must have achieved a minimum level 4 for Mathematics or Technical Mathematics in Matric
Note: if the tertiary institution’s entry requirements are higher than the bursary requirement, or vice versa, the higher requirement will apply
Funza Lushaka Requirement For New Students
New students currently at university must also meet the following criteria:
- You must have passed all subjects in past year of tertiary study
- You must have achieved a minimum overall average of 55%, for all subjects studied in last year of tertiary study
- You must have achieved a minimum overall average of 66.5% for subjects related to the teaching area of specialisation in last year of tertiary study
Requirement For Students Enrolling For PGCE
New students enrolling for PGCE must also meet the following criteria:
- You must have completed a qualification that allows admission into the PGCE programme
- Must be studying towards the PGCE for Senior Phase and Further Education and Training Teaching (SPFET) (Grade 7 to Grade 12)
- You must have 2 priority subjects with 1 module successfully completed at third year level, and 1 module successfully completed at second year level
Must have sufficient modules in the priority subjects in order to qualify to teach it as a subject at school
How to Apply for the Funza Lushaka Bursary for 2024
1. Visit the e-Government Portal website.
2. Register an account by providing necessary personal details.
3. Log in using your chosen username and password.
4. Access the “Funza Lushaka Bursary Scheme” on the e-Services Menu.
5. Enter the OTP received.
6. Review and accept the Terms and Conditions.
7. Click on the “2023 application” button on your dashboard.
8. Fill in the required details accurately.
9. Confirm your information by accepting the declaration.
Note: All applications must be submitted online; paper submissions are not accepted.
Application Guidelines for the Funza Lushaka Bursary
- Review the Funza Lushaka Bursary Information before applying.
- Obtain a valid student number upon acceptance or provisional acceptance at university.
- Ensure accuracy in your submitted information; you can edit your online application before submission.
- Your priority subject areas must align with your specialization.
- The academic year of study refers to your current level (e.g., B Ed 1 for 1st year, B Ed 2 for 2nd year, etc.).
- Changing institutions post-application is not permitted.
- Applying does not guarantee automatic receipt of the bursary.
- Submit supporting documents to your university’s Funza Lushaka office.
Funza Lushaka Closing Dates for 2024
- Re-applications (existing or returning bursary recipients): November 29, 2023.
- New applications: February 1, 2024.
(Applications after these dates will not be accepted. Apply before the closing date for consideration.)
Checking Funza Lushaka Application Status
For any queries, directly contact your University Funza Lushaka academic and administrative coordinators. Alternatively, reach out to the Department of Basic Education:
Tel: 012 357 3000
(Do not contact the Department of Basic Education, the Department of Higher Education and Training, or NSFAS for bursary queries. Avoid in-person visits to the DBE.)
FAQs On Funza Lushaka Bursary Scheme
What amount does funza Lushaka pay per month?
The approximate amount of the bursary across all 24 institutions is estimated to be about R105, 568.
What is covered by the funza Lushaka bursary?
Tuition fees, lodging with meals, books and educational materials, and, if possible, a small grant for monthly living expenses may all be paid.
Is Funza Lushaka Funding Refundable?
Although Funza Lushaka does not expect repayment, you must accept a teaching position as soon as you are qualified. For the number of years for which you were financed, you must continue working as a teacher.
Does funza Lushaka solely support education?
The Funza Lushaka Bursary Scheme is a scholarship intended for students who are majoring in teaching or who want to finish their undergraduate or graduate degrees in education.
Are you eligible for NSFAS and funza Lushaka funding?
Students who previously received funding from NSFAS are eligible to apply for the Funza Lushaka Bursary Program to help pay for their future academic endeavors. The student must be accepted to a higher education institution to pursue either a BEd or a PGCE in order to be eligible.
Does funza Lushaka sponsor first year students?
The scholarship is also available to first-year students.
Is funza preferable to NSFAS?
No matter what course they are taking, NSFAS financing is available to students who are enrolled in one of the 50 TVET Colleges in South Africa. Funza Lushaka, on the other hand, doesn’t because they only support PGCE and Bachelor of Education programs, which are only offered at universities.
Does funza Lushaka have age requirement?
All first-time candidates are subject to the age restriction, and only students who are 30 years of age or younger are eligible to apply.
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