Teachers play a critical role in the future of any country as their work shapes the next generation. However, the cost of higher education often deters aspiring teachers in South Africa from enrolling in teaching qualifications at a university.
The Funza Lushaka Bursary aims to encourage teaching as a profession among young people and increase the number of qualified teachers in the country. Recipients of the bursary receive comprehensive funding that covers all their study expenses while they work toward becoming qualified teachers in South Africa.
The 2024 Funza Lushaka Bursary applications opened on 1 October 2023 which means that aspiring teachers can now apply for the comprehensive bursary.
Funza Lushaka bursary applications can be submitted online through the Funza Lushaka Website. No Hard-copy applications will not be considered.
When Does Funza Lushaka Bursary Applications Close?
The application period closes on 12 January 2023. This gives aspiring teachers in South Africa just over one hundred days to submit a Funza Lushaka bursary application.
How To Register And Apply For The Funza Lushaka Bursary
Step 1: Open the e-Gov portal by visiting www.eservices.gov.za.
Step 2: Register by providing your personal information, including your name, contact details, and other relevant details, if you are a new user.
Step 3: Log in to the system using the username and password you created during registration.
Step 4: Select the Funza Lushaka Bursary Scheme from the e-Services Menu.
Step 5: Enter the OTP received to verify your identity (One-Time Password).
Step 6: Accept the Terms and Conditions.
Step 7: Click on the 2024 application button.
Step 8: Complete all the required fields with the necessary information.
Step 9: Accept the declaration.
Funza Lushaka Bursary Requirements
The Funza Lushaka bursary is available exclusively to South African citizens with valid South African ID numbers. Applicants must be enrolled in either a Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree or a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE), as these are the requisite qualifications for South African teaching.
Applicants may also be accepted into an approved B.Ed. degree or PGCE program, specialising in two or more of the priority subject areas.
Applicants must be under 30 years old and demonstrate strong academic abilities. Notably, the bursary is not awarded to Higher Education Institution employees, their spouses, or their dependents/children.
What the Funza Lushaka Bursary Covers:
The Funza Lushaka Bursary will cover tuition fees, accommodation (including meals), books, and learning materials. In some cases, students may also receive a living allowance.
Do You Have to Repay the Funza Lushaka Bursary?
Recipients of the Funza Lushaka Bursary are not required to repay the funds received. However, they are obliged to teach for one year in a public school for each year they receive the bursary.
Funza Lushaka bursary recipients must be willing to teach in any school chosen by the Provincial Education Department (PED).