Although harbouring a majority part-time student population, with the university being built to accommodate working students, Unisa is still a recognised public university in South Africa.
Students at the university who want to pursue a career in education have teaching bursary options that they can apply for.
These bursaries include the Funza Lushaka bursary, which can be considered a derivative of NSFAS, and offers a bursary that caters to future teachers. Their bursary covers the full cost of education for students who want to pursue a teaching qualification in any area of national priority, and at any recognised public institution, including Unisa. For more information about this bursary option, click here.
The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) bursary also offers bursaries to marginalized students in any field of study, including education, at any university, university of technology, or accredited college, Unisa included. For more information about this bursary option, click here.
Finally, there is the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (Isasa) bursary that caters specifically to studies at Unisa.
The South African Mathematics and Science Teacher Intern (Samstip) programme, which is an Isasa initiative, aims to offer “prospective Senior and Further Education and Training (FET) teachers specialising in the fields of Mathematics and the Sciences the opportunity to secure bursaries to study for a one-year (PGCE) at Unisa”, according to the Isasa website.
The bursary will cover all the student’s university fees, including: tuition fees, textbook costs, transportation allowances, accommodation costs, and a small monthly stipend. The bursary programme appeals to final-year education students in Mathematics and Sciences who plan to pursue their PGCE at Unisa.
More information about the Isasa bursary can be found by clicking here.