Before a student considers applying for a bursary, they should know whether or not they qualify for consideration for the bursary so as to not set themselves up for disappointment, nor waste the bursar’s time.
The following are a general set of requirements that one would typically need to meet to apply for an education bursary:
- The student should be a South African resident (or in this specific case, a Gauteng resident)
- Student should have a strong desire and passion for teaching
- Student should be aware of the type of education qualification they would like to pursue i.e., a diploma or a degree in Foundation phase, Intermediate phase, Senior phase, etc.
- Student must have completed their matric
- Student must meet the academic requirements, and therefore must have a strong academic record
The bursary options available for prospective education students at Gauteng public institutions are as follows:
- Gauteng City Region Academy (GCRA) Bursary - being a branch of the Gauteng Department of Education, this bursary is offered to a limited number of top achievers in the Gauteng Province for any qualification, including education. For information about the requirements of the bursary as well as access to an application process guide, click here.
- Canon Collins Sol Plaatje Scholarship - this is the perfect bursary for Gauteng students looking to pursue their Postgraduate in education. The bursary funds Masters and PhDs at different rates for students who wish to continue their research in Education policy and practice in South Africa. Guidelines, as well as the process for application can be found here.
- CIDA Empowerment Trust - providing funding for both Bachelor’s degrees (BEd) and Postgraduate Certificates in Education (PGCEs), this bursary is offered to studyings studying towards these qualifications to attain a career in teaching Mathematics or Science.The bursary is limited to students looking to study at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), in Gauteng. More information regarding guidelines and the process of application for the bursary can be found here.
- Funza Lushaka Bursary - also covering BEd and PGCE qualifications, the Funza Lushaka Bursary is a government funded bursary offered only to students who look to seriously pursue education qualifications at any recognised institution in South Africa, including in the region of Gauteng. To apply for this bursary, the student should navigate to the page here, register an account, choose the ‘Funza Lushaka Bursary Scheme’ option, and move from there.
- Jakes Gerwel Fellowship Bursary - this is a graduate teaching fellowship that funds students studying towards their PGCE at a select number of universities, including the University of Pretoria (UP) and the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in Gauteng. To apply for this fellowship, students must first complete an eligibility quiz which can be found here.
- Southern African Mathematics and Science Teacher Intern Programme (SAMSTIP) Bursary- this bursary programme funds 1-year PGCEs for University of South Africa (Unisa) students studying towards Senior and Further Education and Training (FET), specialising in Mathematics and Sciences (Physical, Life or Natural). For more information about the bursary, including a brief explanation of the application process, some Frequently Asked Questions have been helpfully answered by the organisation in the document here.
Apart from this list, there are a number of other general bursaries that cover education programmes all throughout the country, however, this list is a good starting point for Gauteng-residing students in particular.