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Funza Lushaka Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

The programme

1. What is the Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme?


The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme is a multi-year programme to promote teaching as a profession. Bursaries are available to enable selected students to complete a teaching qualification in identified areas of priority. Recipients of these bursaries will be required to teach at a public school for the same number of years that they received the bursary.

Roles and responsibilities

2. How are roles and responsibilities for the Funza Lushaka programme divided?

This is a national programme which is run locally at each higher education institution (HEI). It is funded by National Treasury and executed by the Department of Basic Education (DBE). 

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) administers the programme on behalf of DBE through the Student Financial Aid office at each HEI. 

Selected students must meet the admission criteria of the academic programme at the HEI to which they apply, and must meet the national selection criteria for the Funza Lushaka bursary. Selection of bursars is undertaken at each HEI in accordance with the selection criteria and the funds allocated to each HEI..
Selection of bursars is undertaken at each HEI in accordance with the selection criteria and the funds allocated to each HEI.

Once qualified, bursary recipients are placed by a provincial education department.

Applications and eligibility

3. Who is eligible to apply?

Any academically gifted, young –

  • learners, currently in Grade 12;
  • graduates who want to complete a teaching qualification (enrol for a PGCE);
  • people who want to make a career change and become teachers; and
  • unemployed people who want to become teachers.

Prospective bursars must first gain admission at a higher education institution (HEI). The Financial Aid Office 
and/or the Faculty/School of Education at the HEI will have information on how to apply for the bursary.

4. How does a student apply?

Prospective bursars must first gain admission at a higher education institution (HEI). Applications may be submitted online at www.funzalushaka.doe.gov.za .

5. Where can prospective students find out more about the bursary programme?

Information on the Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme can be accessed from www.funzalushaka.doe.gov.za . 
Student Financial Aid offices will give details of financial matters, service obligations, etc. 
Staff in the Faculty or School of Education will provide information on teaching as a profession, academic programmes and an individual’s eligibility for admission.

6. How does an institution determine whether a student’s academic programme complies with the 
priority areas selection criterion?

The bursary programme is designed to boost recruitment into teaching, especially in priority areas. In most 
cases, Faculty or School of Education staff will be able to determine the fit between a student’s programme the teaching priorities.
The staff will also have to be guided by the Funza Lushaka Policy to determine the fit between a student’s programme and the teaching priorities.

7. What are the priority areas?

Foundation Phase (i.e. Grades R-3):) Foundation Phase (with preference for African Languages ).

Intermediate and Senior Phase (i.e. Grades 4-9): Preference will be given for a teaching major in TWO of the following: Languages, Mathematics, and Natural Science & Technology
FET phase (i.e. Grades 10-12): Preference will be given for a teaching major in TWO of the following: Accounting; Agricultural Sciences; Agricultural Technology; Civil Technology; Computer Applications 
Technology; Economics; Electrical Technology; Engineering Graphics and Design; Geography; Information
Technology; Life Sciences; Mathematics; Mechanical Technology; Physical Sciences, Languages, Technical
Mathematics and Technical Science.

8. What programmes will be funded?

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

9. Are there official quotas for the distribution of bursaries by programme, year of study or priority area ?

Yes, the distribution by programme will be determined by the Department of Basic Education depending on
identified areas priorities.

10. Are first-year students eligible?

Yes, first-year students in the appropriate programmes are eligible for the bursary.

11. Are Advanced Certificate in Education (ACE) students eligible?

No. Bursaries are available only to unqualified, initial teacher education students.

12. Are distance education and part-time students eligible for a bursary?

Yes, provided they are eligible in all other respects.

13. Are recipients of other bursaries eligible to apply for a Funza Lushaka bursary?

Yes, if they are eligible in all other respects and should the terms and conditions of the other bursary permit 
such an application. The intention of the Funza Lushaka Programme is to secure candidates for the teaching
profession. A student who has been offered both a Funza Lushaka Bursary and another bursary may choose to 
decline the other bursary. 

Selection matters

14. Who should sit on a bursary selection committee?

The composition of the committee will depend on the institution, but must include academic members of the 
Faculty or School of Education, an experienced professional representative of the relevant provincial education 
department (PED), a representative of the financial aid office and an official/officials representing the DBE.

15. What selection criteria should be applied?

The criteria applied by an institution’s selection committee must be clear, empirically-based, transparent,
publishable and must include the following:

  1. The bursary is only awarded to South African citizens with a valid South African ID number.
  2. Allocation of Funza Lushaka bursaries to Higher Education Institution employees, their spouse and their dependents/children is not permissible.
  3. Bursary applicants must already have been accepted into a either BEd or PGCE qualification at an at an accredited public University.
    The applicant must also meet the national selection criteria for the Funza Lushaka bursary.
  4. The bursary will only be awarded if two of the priority area subjects are included as a specialisation in the teaching qualification.
  5. The applicant should demonstrate good academic ability.
  6. The applicant must show 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.

Please note that you are responsible for paying your registration fee, awaiting the outcome of the bursary application

16. Will late applications be considered?

No, late applications for a bursary will not be considered.

Money matters

17. Are HEIs being allocated a specific number of bursaries or a specific allocation of funds for 
bursaries?

Institutions receive funds, not bursaries. Each institution will pay out bursary funds for the programme in
accordance with its own cost structure.

18. Are more funds available than those initially allocated to an 
institution for a particular academic year?

If some institutions are unable to use all the funds allocated to them, the balance will be redistributed to other
institutions where the demand is greater. This will be done after the situation has been monitored at the end of
the normal registration period.

19. How much is a Funza Lushaka bursary worth?

Institutions have different cost structures, so the total value of a bursary differs from institution to institution.
Funza Lushaka bursaries cover the recipient’s essential expenses. 

20. What does the bursary cover?

Expenses may covered include tuition, accommodation including meals, books and learning materials, and if 
possible a small allowance for monthly living expenses The allocation to any individual student is capped at a specific value. 
Where the HEI charges more than the capped value the bursars will have to top up from own funds.

21. May a student accept a bursary for fewer than the number of years required to complete a 
programme?

Yes. However, the student would have to avail himself/herself for placement immediately after qualifying.

22. Can a student accept less per annum than the total amount on offer?

Yes. However, the recipient’s service obligations remain a full year of service for every year for which he/she 
has received a bursary.

23. Can a student who has another bursary receive a Funza Lushaka bursary?

The student may consider forfeiting the other bursary in order to receive a full-cost Funza Lushaka bursary.
Alternatively if the terms and conditions of the other bursary permit, the student could retain that bursary,
provided the conditions for placement on completion of studies as per Funza Lushaka bursary takes priority.

24. Can a student receive a bursary for an extra year of study?

The bursary period will be extended to cover one additional year in a degree programme or the time required
for completion of one additional course in the PGCE programme. Only one such extension will be granted.
Funding for an additional year of study (i.e. 5th year) is not automatic and will be considered on a case by case
basis. In cases where support is provided for an additional year, the service obligation for the student is
extended by a year. Any additional time required will be at the recipient’s own cost.

25. Who pays for costs incurred over and above the allocated bursary amount?

The student.

26. Is the bursary renewable?

Yes, the bursay is awarded for one academic year at a time; and upon proof of academic success the bursary
may be renewedeach year until the recipient of the bursary has qualified as a teacher. Actually, the recipient

is required to apply for the renewal of the bursary every year.

27. How will a student’s accomodation and living expenditure be paid?

In accordance with the institution’s normal practice with NSFAS awards.

Service agreement

28. Must the recipient of a bursary receive a copy of the service agreement?

Yes. The agreement must be explained to the before he/she signs it,and a signed copy must then be
given to the recipient. www.funzalushaka.doe.gov.za

29. For how many years will the recipient of a bursary be required to teach?

Recipients of bursaries will be required to teach one year for every year for which they have received a 
bursary. Each year of service shall repay one full-time year of bursary-assisted studies.

30. If a student migrates from an NSFAS loan to a Funza Lushaka bursary, will the years pertaining 
to the NSFAS loan become part of the service contract?

No. The NSFAS loan and the bursary have different conditions.

31. Must the bursary be repaid?

The bursary must be repaid only if the recipient fails to qualify; registers for a course of study that is not in a 
designated priority area; fails to apply for a teaching post with a PED at a public school, following the 
stipulated processes;fails to take up a teaching post with a PED at a public school; leaves a teaching post with 
a PED before the end of the contracted service period; or otherwise fails to meet a requirement of the bursary 
agreement.

32. How much must be repaid?

The recipient will be required to repay the full amount of the bursary received in terms of the programme, with 
accrued interest.

33. Will interest have to be paid on the amount owing?

Yes. Interest shall be compounded monthly at the rate of interest determined by NSFAS from time to time.

34. Who determines the placement of newly qualified teachers in terms of the programme?

Qualified recipients of bursaries will be placed by the PEDs to teach in a public school. Offers of employment 
will be made, subject to the Employment of Educators Act, 1998, and the South African Schools Act, 1996, as 
amended.

35. Are Funza Lushaka bursary recipients eligible for school governing body (SGB) posts at public 
schools?

No. A bursar may only accept a school governing body (SGB) post after the bursar has fulfilled his/her 
contractual obligations to a PED.

36. Are Funza Lushaka bursary recipients able to take a “gap year” or proceed to complete further 
studies immediately after qualifying?

No. Students are required to accept a teaching post immediately after qualifying – an extension will not be 
granted to a qualifying student.

37. Are foreign students eligible for a Funza Lushaka bursary?

No, NSFAS will not enter into a contract with a foreign student or a student that holds a temporary resident 
permit.

Source: Funzalushaka.doe.gov.za

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Funza Lushaka Bursaries for 2019 Closing Date 11 January 2019

Funza Lushaka Bursaries for 2019 Closing Date 11 January 2019

Information about the Bursary

The following must be read before making an application for a Funza Lushaka bursary for 2019
1. Should you have a criminal record, charged of misconduct or dismissed from work, kindly note that
you are not eligible to apply for this bursary.
2. Allocation of Funza Lushaka bursaries to Higher Education Institution employees, their spouse and
their dependents/children is not permissible.
3. Non-disclosure of the information required as stated in 2 above will be treated as fraud.
4. This online application is a MUST. No hard copies are accepted by the programme.
5. Printing of the completed on-line application is a MUST.
6. Please note that those who already have other teaching qualifications do not qualify for this
programme.

Programmes to be funded

7. Two types of qualifications can be funded. These are shown below. The qualification must include
subjects which will allow the student to specialise as a teacher in at least two priority areas (see
next section below).
Undergraduate studies
 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).
Graduate studies
 One-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) for graduates whose degrees
include at least one major in one of the two priority subjects.
Take note that some universities offer qualifications which combine specialisation in the Foundation
Phase (Grade R – 3) and Intermediate Phase (Grade 4 – 6), or the Intermediate Phase and Senior
Phase, or the Senior Phase (Grade 7 – 9) and FET Phase (Grade 10 –12). These combined
qualifications are also acceptable.
Admission criteria
8. Selection criteria include the following:
8.1. The bursary is only awarded to South African citizens with a valid South African ID number;
8.2. The applicant should demonstrate good academic ability;

9. Students must meet the minimum academic criteria for award of the bursary. In 2019, the minimum
academic criteria are:
9.1. For 1st time entrants to university:
9.1.1.An exemption, endorsement, or ‘admission to bachelor degree studies’ pass at
matric/Grade 12 level.
9.1.2.At least a level 4 pass at matric level in the subject which the applicant will specialize to
teach.
9.1.3.For students who wish to specialize in the Foundation Phase, a pass in Mathematics or
Mathematical Literacy at Grade 12 level is required. In addition, at least a level 4 pass in
the Home Language is required. If a student completed matric prior to 2008 when
Mathematics was not compulsory, a student may still be considered based on an overall
good performance (Average of at least 50%).
9.1.4.Students who wish to specialize in the teaching of Technology subjects, including CAT,
and who do not have these subjects at matric level, must have at least a level 4 pass in
Mathematics.
9.1.5.If the institution’s admission requirements are higher than the bursary requirement and
vice versa then the higher requirement will apply.
9.2. For new applicants already at university
The student must have:
9.2.1 The student must have passed all of the modules studied in 2018 or the last year of
study at the Higher Education Institution.
9.2.2 At least a 55% average across all the modules studied in 2018 or in the applicant’s last
year of study at a Higher Education Institution.
9.2.3 The student must have at least 55% average in modules studied in 2018 or in the
applicant’s last year of study at university which relate directly to the priority area
teaching specialization.
9.2.4 These are minimum criteria. The Funza Lushaka bursary is a prestigious bursary that
must be awarded firstly on the basis of academic ability. The criteria applied at particular
institutions may be higher than those suggested here, but cannot be lower.
9.3 For new applicants enrolling for PGCE
9.3.1 The student must have successfully completed a recognized qualification that qualifies
him/her to be admitted for a PGCE.
9.3.2 To be considered for a PGCE in Foundation Phase Teaching a student must have
majored in Psychology and an African Language.
9.3.3 To be considered for PGCE in Intermediate Phase, Senior Phase and Further Education
and Training Teaching the student must have majored in the subject he/she wishes to
specialize in from the B. degree.
9.3.4 The student must have at least TWO identified priority subjects at second year level;
9.3.5 The student must have sufficient modules in the identified priority subjects to qualify to
teach it as a subject at school.
9.4 For existing bursars

9.4.1 The student must have passed at least two-thirds (66.6%) of all the subject modules
studied in the last year of study at the university.
9.4.2 The student must have passed at least two-thirds (66.6%) of the priority subject area
modules studied in the last year of study at the Higher Education Institution.
9.4.3 If a student is doing one priority subject he/she must pass it to qualify for re-award;
9.4.4 The student must be progressing to the next level/year of study.
9.4.5 The students must achieve at least 50% average across all subject modules.
Applicants must note that these are minimum criteria. Meeting these criteria does not mean
automatic acceptance for the bursary. There are a limited number of bursaries available, and
the best students will be selected for the bursary.
10. The bursary is awarded for one academic year at a time. It is not automatically re-awarded. Reaward will depend on academic success. There is no automatic promise of support for 4 years plus
1 more year. On evidence of academic success, and pending the availability of funds, the bursary
may be renewed each year until the recipient of the bursary has qualified as a teacher. Recipients
of bursaries will be required to teach one year for every year for which they receive a bursary.
11. What the bursary covers: Funza Lushaka bursaries cover most of the recipient’s essential
expenses. Expenses covered include tuition, accommodation including meals, books and learning
materials, and if possible a small allowance for monthly living expenses. The allocation to any
individual student is capped at a specific value. Where the university charges more than the capped
value the bursars will have to top up from own funds. Universities have different cost structures, so
the total value of a bursary differs from institution to institution.
Repayment
12. Recipients of these bursaries will be required to teach at a public school for the same number of
years that they received the bursary.
13. The amount that is repayable is the full amount of the bursary received under the programme, less
one year’s funding for every year spent teaching at a public school. Interest will be charged at the
rate determined by NSFAS.
14. If you are awarded or re-awarded the bursary you will be expected to have an e-mail address and a
contactable cell phone number for SMS purposes.
These conditions are all contained in the bursary contract which all applicants must sign. When
applicants sign the bursary contract, they are legally agreeing to the conditions described in the
contract. The applicants should keep a copy of the signed contract for themselves.
Process for applying for the bursar in 2018
19 Applications must only be made once students have been allocated a valid student number and
have been accepted/provisionally accepted at their university of choice.

 

How to Apply
20 All applications must be made online at www.funzalushaka.doe.gov.za. Take note of the closing
date. No applications will be entertained after the closing date. Students must apply online and
submit supporting documentation to the university.

21 After your application has been completed online, you will be prompted to make a printout.
This will serve as proof of your application. Keep a copy for yourself, and submit a copy to the
university where you have been accepted and where you will be registering.
22 The copy submitted to the university must be accompanied by:
22.1 A certified copy of your ID.
22.2 A certified copy of your academic results. For 1st year students coming out of Grade 12, this
will be a certified copy of your Grade 12 result notification or Grade 12 certificate. For
students already at university, this will be a certified copy of your academic transcript, which
must include results for 2018 or your last year of study at university.
23 If these documents are not submitted to the Coordinator at the university, your application will not
be considered during the bursary selection process.
24 Please ensure that all information that you capture is accurate, and that priority areas that you
capture are the ones you will specialize in. The academic year of study refers to the level you are
studying e.g. B Ed 1 = 1st year, B Ed 3 = 3rd year.
25 Please note that you have access to your on-line bursary application to “Update personal details” or
make changes to your application before applications close.
26 Students who change institutions after submitting their bursary application forms will not be
considered for selection.
27 Each University has a Financial Aid Office and a Funza Lushaka Bursary Coordinator is there to
assist you. The details for the contact person at university is shown on the print out.
28 Having applied for the bursary is not a guarantee that a student will receive it.
Communications from students about the bursary
All enquiries about the bursary must be directed to the Funza Lushaka academic and administrative coordinators at your university. They will be best placed to respond to any issues. Students should not
communicate directly with NSFAS (the financial managers of the scheme) or with the Department of
Basic Education (DBE) or the Department of Higher Education and Training. Students may not come in
person to the DBE, but should phone and enquire at 012 357 3000.

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Funza Lushaka Bursary Scholarships Open for 2019

Funza Lushaka Bursary Scholarships Open for 2019

How to Apply for Funza Lushaka Bursary for 2019

The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme is a multi-year programme to promote teaching as a profession. Bursaries are available to enable eligible students to complete a teaching qualification in an area of national priority. Recipients of these bursaries will be required to teach at a public school for the same number of years that they received the bursary.

Recipients of the bursary must apply on-line for the bursary in every year. The recipient must also complete the placement information as required in every year. The provincial education department (PED) will place a graduate bursar in a suitable teaching post. If a particular PED does not have a suitable teaching post for the graduate bursar, the applicant may be placed in a PED that does have a suitable post. Please note that bursars cannot choose the school in which they would like to be placed and placement cannot be deferred for any reason.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

  • Applications for the Funza Lushaka bursary for 2019 will open on 01 October 2018.
  • Please note that there are a limited number of new bursaries available for 2019.
  • New applicants are advised to also pursue other funding opportunities such as NSFAS.
  • The outcome of the selection process will be available from the University not later than 30 April 2019.

Closing dates:
Re-applications close on 16 November 2018;
New applications close on 11 January 2019.

 

  • The bursary is only awarded to South African citizens with a valid South African ID number.
  • Allocation of Funza Lushaka bursaries to Higher Education Institution employees, their spouse and their dependents/children is not permissible.
  • Bursary applicants must already have been accepted into a either BEd or PGCE qualification at an accredited public University. The applicant must also meet the national selection criteria for the Funza Lushaka bursary.
  • The bursary will only be awarded if two of the priority area subjects are included as a specialisation in the teaching qualification.
  • Please note that you are responsible for paying your registration fee, awaiting the outcome of the bursary application. Paying for the registration fee, does not mean you will receive the bursary.
  • The Bursary Selection Committee meets and processes all bursary applications during February and March of the academic year.
  • The Funza Lushaka Bursary Coordinator at the University will notify you, not later than 30 April, as to whether you have been awarded the bursary or not.
  • The bursary holder is not allowed to change the area of specialisation on which basis the bursary was awarded.
  • On qualifying, the bursar will be required to take up a provincial teaching post. The bursar will not be granted permission to defer this contractual obligation, for example, to continue with full-time Honours studies. Nor, will the bursar be granted permission to take a “gap year”.
  • Bursars will be expected to have and retain an e-mail address and a cell phone contact number for the duration of the study for communication purposes.
  • The bursary must be repaid if the recipient fails to meet the requirements of the bursary agreement.
  • The amount that is repayable is the full amount of the bursary received under the programme, less one year’s funding for every year spent teaching at a public school. Interest will be charged at the rate determined by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) who administer financial aspects of the bursary on behalf of the Department of Basic Education.
  • The bursary is awarded for one academic year at a time. On proof of academic success, the bursary may be renewed each year for the official duration of the qualification. The bursary holder will be required to re-apply from the 1st of October annually.
  • The applicant should demonstrate good academic ability;
  • The applicant must show 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;

How to Apply

First Time Applicants Read More Here

Re-Applicants Read More Here

This bursary opened 05 October 2018

Closing Dates

Re-applications close on 16 November 2018;
New applications close on 11 January 2019.

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Funza Lushaka Bursary for 2019 Opens in October 2018

Funza Lushaka Bursary for 2019 Opens in October 2018

The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme is a multi-year programme to promote teaching as a profession. Bursaries are available to enable eligible students to complete a teaching qualification in an area of national priority. Recipients of these bursaries will be required to teach at a public school for the same number of years that they received the bursary.

Recipients of the bursary must apply on-line for the bursary in every year. The recipient must also complete the placement information as required in every year. The provincial education department (PED) will place a graduate bursar in a suitable teaching post. If a particular PED does not have a suitable teaching post for the graduate bursar, the applicant may be placed in a PED that does have a suitable post. Please note that bursars cannot choose the school in which they would like to be placed and placement cannot be deferred for any reason.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

  • Applications for the Funza Lushaka bursary for 2019 will open on 01 October 2018.
  • Please note that there are a limited number of new bursaries available for 2019.
  • New applicants are advised to also pursue other funding opportunities such as NSFAS.
  • The outcome of the selection process will be available from the University not later than 30 April 2019.

Closing dates:
Re-applications close on 16 November 2018;
New applications close on 11 January 2019.

 

  • The bursary is only awarded to South African citizens with a valid South African ID number.
  • Allocation of Funza Lushaka bursaries to Higher Education Institution employees, their spouse and their dependents/children is not permissible.
  • Bursary applicants must already have been accepted into a either BEd or PGCE qualification at an accredited public University. The applicant must also meet the national selection criteria for the Funza Lushaka bursary.
  • The bursary will only be awarded if two of the priority area subjects are included as a specialisation in the teaching qualification.
  • Please note that you are responsible for paying your registration fee, awaiting the outcome of the bursary application. Paying for the registration fee, does not mean you will receive the bursary.
  • The Bursary Selection Committee meets and processes all bursary applications during February and March of the academic year.
  • The Funza Lushaka Bursary Coordinator at the University will notify you, not later than 30 April, as to whether you have been awarded the bursary or not.
  • The bursary holder is not allowed to change the area of specialisation on which basis the bursary was awarded.
  • On qualifying, the bursar will be required to take up a provincial teaching post. The bursar will not be granted permission to defer this contractual obligation, for example, to continue with full-time Honours studies. Nor, will the bursar be granted permission to take a “gap year”.
  • Bursars will be expected to have and retain an e-mail address and a cell phone contact number for the duration of the study for communication purposes.
  • The bursary must be repaid if the recipient fails to meet the requirements of the bursary agreement.
  • The amount that is repayable is the full amount of the bursary received under the programme, less one year’s funding for every year spent teaching at a public school. Interest will be charged at the rate determined by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) who administer financial aspects of the bursary on behalf of the Department of Basic Education.
  • The bursary is awarded for one academic year at a time. On proof of academic success, the bursary may be renewed each year for the official duration of the qualification. The bursary holder will be required to re-apply from the 1st of October annually.
  • The applicant should demonstrate good academic ability;
  • The applicant must show 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;

When to Apply

This bursary will open on 1 October 2018

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Last Day To Apply: Funza Lushaka Bursary

Funza Lushaka Online Application for 2019

How to Apply for Funza Lushaka Bursary for 2019

The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme is a multi-year programme to promote teaching as a profession. Bursaries are available to enable eligible students to complete a teaching qualification in an area of national priority. Recipients of these bursaries will be required to teach at a public school for the same number of years that they received the bursary.

Recipients of the bursary must apply on-line for the bursary in every year. The recipient must also complete the placement information as required in every year. The provincial education department (PED) will place a graduate bursar in a suitable teaching post. If a particular PED does not have a suitable teaching post for the graduate bursar, the applicant may be placed in a PED that does have a suitable post. Please note that bursars cannot choose the school in which they would like to be placed and placement cannot be deferred for any reason.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

  • Applications for the Funza Lushaka bursary for 2019 will open on 01 October 2018.
  • Please note that there are a limited number of new bursaries available for 2019.
  • New applicants are advised to also pursue other funding opportunities such as NSFAS.
  • The outcome of the selection process will be available from the University not later than 30 April 2019.

Closing dates:
Re-applications close on 16 November 2018;
New applications close on 11 January 2019.

 

  • The bursary is only awarded to South African citizens with a valid South African ID number.
  • Allocation of Funza Lushaka bursaries to Higher Education Institution employees, their spouse and their dependents/children is not permissible.
  • Bursary applicants must already have been accepted into a either BEd or PGCE qualification at an accredited public University. The applicant must also meet the national selection criteria for the Funza Lushaka bursary.
  • The bursary will only be awarded if two of the priority area subjects are included as a specialisation in the teaching qualification.
  • Please note that you are responsible for paying your registration fee, awaiting the outcome of the bursary application. Paying for the registration fee, does not mean you will receive the bursary.
  • The Bursary Selection Committee meets and processes all bursary applications during February and March of the academic year.
  • The Funza Lushaka Bursary Coordinator at the University will notify you, not later than 30 April, as to whether you have been awarded the bursary or not.
  • The bursary holder is not allowed to change the area of specialisation on which basis the bursary was awarded.
  • On qualifying, the bursar will be required to take up a provincial teaching post. The bursar will not be granted permission to defer this contractual obligation, for example, to continue with full-time Honours studies. Nor, will the bursar be granted permission to take a “gap year”.
  • Bursars will be expected to have and retain an e-mail address and a cell phone contact number for the duration of the study for communication purposes.
  • The bursary must be repaid if the recipient fails to meet the requirements of the bursary agreement.
  • The amount that is repayable is the full amount of the bursary received under the programme, less one year’s funding for every year spent teaching at a public school. Interest will be charged at the rate determined by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) who administer financial aspects of the bursary on behalf of the Department of Basic Education.
  • The bursary is awarded for one academic year at a time. On proof of academic success, the bursary may be renewed each year for the official duration of the qualification. The bursary holder will be required to re-apply from the 1st of October annually.
  • The applicant should demonstrate good academic ability;
  • The applicant must show 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;

How to Apply

First Time Applicants Read More Here

Re-Applicants Read More Here

Closes 11 January 2019

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