Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme 2020

About Funza Lushaka

The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme is a programme to support teaching studies and available to qualified students to complete a teaching degree. Bursary recipients are then required to teach at public schools equivalent to the duration of bursary received.

Funza Lushaka Bursaries

Application for the Funza Lushaka teaching bursary must be done online each year.

Bursary recipients are required to teach at a public school they are assigned to and they cannot choose the school they are assigned since the assignment is according to priority.

The bursary amount given will cover most of the recipient’s necessary expenses that may include tuition, accommodation including meals, books and learning materials, and if possible a small allowance for monthly living expenses.

Important guidelines for the Online Application of Funza Lushaka Bursary 2020:

  • Applicants who have criminal record, have been charged of misconduct or are dismissed from work are not qualified
  • Higher Education Institution employees and their immediate families are not accepted
  • Online application is a MUST. No hard copies are accepted by the programme.
  • Printing of the completed on-line application is a MUST.
  • Anyone who already has other teaching qualifications do not qualify

Two types of qualifications can be funded are:

Undergraduate studies or a 4-year Bachelor of Education degree (B Ed), specializing in Foundation Phase (Grade R – 3), Intermediate Phase (Grade 4 – 6), Senior Phase (Grade 7 – 9) and FET Phase (Grade 10-12); and

Graduate studies or One-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Combined qualifications are also acceptable such as combine specialization 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).

The priority areas are:

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
  • 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

Bursary Requirements and Eligibility

General Eligibility:

  • South African citizen
  • Good academic performance
  • Graduates who want to complete a teaching degree or want to become teachers (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) and have already been accepted at an accredited public University.
  • Applicants who want to make a career change and become teachers, show dedication and passion for a professional career in teaching, display interest in working with young people, are ready to face and handle difficult challenges and have personal integrity.
  • Higher Education Institution employees, their spouse and their dependents/children are not eligible.
  • Two of the priority area subjects must be included as a specialisation in the teaching qualification.

For 1st time entrants to university:

  • Proof of admission to bachelor degree studies pass at matric/Grade 12 level.
  • Minimum level 4 rating at matric level in the subject which the applicant will specialize to teach.
  • A pass in Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy at Grade 12 level and a minimum level 4 pass in the Home Language, for students who intend to specialize in the Foundation Phase
  • Average of at least 50% for students who have completed matric prior to 2008 when Mathematics was not compulsory
  • At least level 4 pass in Mathematics, for students who wish to specialize in the teaching of Technology subjects, including CAT, and who do not have these subjects at matric level

For new applicants already at university:

  • Passed all of the modules studied in the last/most recent year of study at the Higher Education Institution
  • Minimum 55% average across all the modules studied in the last/most recent year of study at a Higher Education Institution
  • Minimum 55% average in modules studied relevant to the priority area teaching specialization in the last/most recent year of study at university

For new applicants enrolling for PGCE:

  • Successful completion of a recognized qualification to be admitted for a PGCE
  • Must have majored in Psychology and an African Language for a PGCE in Foundation Phase Teaching
  • Must have at least TWO recognized priority subjects at second year level
  • Must have adequate modules in the recognized priority subjects

For existing bursary holders:

  • Passed at least two-thirds or 66.6% of all the subject modules studied in the last/most recent year of study at the university
  • Passed at least two-thirds  or 66.6% of the priority subject area modules studied in the last/most recent year of study at the Higher Education Institution
  • Passed the priority subject
  • Must be proceeding to the next level/year of study
  • Must achieve at least 50% average across all subject modules

How to Apply and Application Details

  1. Online application is a must.
  2. Go to www.eservices.gov.za.
    1. Register your online profile by providing your personal details.
    2. Login your username and password to the system.
    3. Once logged in, go to the e-Services menu and choose Funza Lushaka Bursary.
    4. Click on the Application menu, follow the steps and complete all the required fields with accurate information.
    5. Accept the confirmation declaration and receive feedback on the status of the application through email.
  3. Print the completed online application and submit to the university where you are accepted and registered.
  4. Accompany the application form with certified copies of your ID and your academic records:
    • Certified copy of Grade 12 result or certificate, for 1st year students coming out of Grade 12
    • Certified copy of latest academic transcript, for students already at university
  5. Accompanying documents must be submitted to the applicant’s university coordinator, otherwise, application will be rejected.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

  • Applications for the Funza Lushaka bursary 2020 will open on 01 October 2019.
  • Please note that there are a limited number of new bursaries available for 2020.
  • 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 each year.
  • Late applications will not be considered.
  • Should applicants need to make changes in their application details, they have access to the on-line bursary application by going to “Update personal details”. Updating application details is only allowed before the application closing date. Changing institutions and areas of specialisation will not be allowed and doing so will subject an application to rejection.
  • Application for the bursary is not a guarantee that a student will obtain it.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Are there any age limit for bursary application?

No, as long as the applicant is currently at least at Grade 12 and forward level.

Are Advanced Certificate in Education (ACE) students accepted?

No. Bursaries are only offered to inexperienced teacher education students.

Can distance education and part-time students apply for a bursary?

Yes, provided they meet all other admission and application criteria.

Are beneficiaries of other funding eligible to apply for a Funza Lushaka bursary?

Yes, if they qualified and if the terms and conditions of the other bursary allow.

How much is a Funza Lushaka bursary worth?

The total value of a bursary depends on the institution’s cost structures. Funza Lushaka bursaries will pay for the recipient’s necessary educational expenses.

What does the bursary cover?

Expenses paid for by the Funza Lushaka bursary include tuition, accommodation including meals, books and learning materials. A small living allowance for monthly expenses may also be provided, if possible. The funding allocation to the bursary holders is limited at a certain value. Other expenses that exceeds the capped bursary value should be shouldered by the recipient’s own funds.

Can bursaries be awarded for fewer than the number of years required to complete a programme?

Yes. Students already studying at a university of any level can be accepted for the bursary.

Can a student who has other funding from another source receive a Funza Lushaka bursary?

Yes, in the following conditions:

  • Full-cost Funza Lushaka bursary requires students to forfeit other funding
  • The terms and conditions of the other bursary allows funding from multiple sources
  • The Funza Lushaka bursary conditions for placement on completion of studies take priority

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

Extension of bursary will only be allowed for students who wish to pursue the PGCE programme. Additional year of study for non-PGCE programme will only be considered on a case to case basis, otherwise, additional time required will be paid for by the student’s own expense.

Is the bursary renewable?

Yes, bursary is valid for only one academic year and should be renewed upon the recipient’s annual application and submission of satisfactory academic reports until completion of qualification as a teacher.

Will the recipient of a bursary be required to teach?

Yes, after completion of studies, bursary recipients are required to teach for a period equivalent to bursary received. Each year of service will repay one full-time year of bursary-assisted studies.

Must the bursary be repaid?

Repayment of bursary will only be required if:

  • The recipient fails to complete the studies
  • Recipient cannot comply with minimum bursary conditions and requirement
  • Student registers for a course of study that is not in a designated priority area
  • Recipient fails to apply and take up a teaching post at a public school
  • Recipient leaves a teaching post before the end of the contracted service period

How much must be repaid for the bursary?

The recipient as mentioned above, will be required to repay the full amount of the bursary received with accrued interest compounded monthly.

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

No. Students must accept a teaching post immediately after qualifying. Bursary extension will not be given to a qualifying student.

Closing Date

None

Contact Details

Phone: 012 357 3000

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Andisiwe

Greetings
I am an undergraduate student,I passed my matric last with a bachelor and I would like to apply for the bursary

Matlhatsi Rammila

Hi. I’m struggling to apply can anyone help me

alana

anyone know whats going on with the funza lushaka bursary?? i applied last year and have still heard nothing.

Rarang Queentilian

I applied for funza lushaka bursary last year(2019) online and I went to register in Central University of technology (CUT) using my reference number. Surprisingly, I qualify for funza lushaka bursary But I have not received any funding yet.

Innocent Sonnyboy

Im struggling to find a bursary I am student @ SWGC Goerge Tabor Campus

Mpumelelo Silere

Hi there,I have completed Travel and Tourism N4-N6 at College of Cape Town. I would like to change my career to reaching, is it possible though?

roxymel

I feel so blessed to have been given funza lushaka at age 27. God is good and has been. May he carry us through these present times

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Willy

Am still doing grade 12 and I want to do teaching course in 2021. I want to apply for Funza Lushaka

Gillian Waites

Hi There, I am struggling to register for the bursary. A username and password error pops up overthought i reset my password and my username. Could someone please guide me.

Nonkululeko

Hello
I’m also having the same problem as Gillian.

KP MPHAHLELE

Having difficulties locating the Funza Lushaka Bursary option on the e-Service menu

susan

me too.did u get help

katlego

same here

Jennefer Kometsi

Good day.
Please assist.

I applied for Funza but I am struggling to re-log in to attach my documents (matric certificate).
I am a first time applicant

Cheslo Samwill Paultin

Me too

Sam

Please change the browser and try to re-upload it again.

Melieke

when will 2020 applications open?

Vera

It’s already open for 2020 application.

katlego

but i am having difficulties assessing the bursary application

BoitumeloO

how can i apply for 2020?

Boitumelo

Hi I’m interested in teaching can anyone tell me if this bursary is still open. I would like to study in 2020

Zinhle Ncayiyana

I am a third year student currently with Isxhosa and Music majors, do I qualify for Funza lushaka bursary? I want to apply.

Sam

It depends on Fundza Lushaka-
“Applicants must note that these above 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.”

Lucinder

Hy I hv a diploma in Legal assistant n I hv completed my studies but I would like to pursue a career in teaching will fundza lushaka be able to fund me because Im eager to learn but I dnt hv money to pay for my fees

Sam

Please follow the above instructions and apply.

Prince

Hi Sam .. the online system its giving us problem at the last step of filling the information … when we press last button to submit its giving us sever error .. please assist us before its too late ..since yesterday ..im trying but same thing is happening … i even try to call for help no one is pick up the call. I will really appreciate if you help

Sam

I hope your problem is solved now at this moment!

Siboniso

I like to do teaching as my career,would u please send me information on how to apply for this bursary as soon as posssible.

Sam

Please follow the above instructions.

Precious

Hi am doing my first year in teaching…I’m interested in funza lushaka bursary I would like to know when the applications for 2020 will be open…I really need it pls help.

Dimakatso

How did u apply and wr r u doing ur studies

londolanimurada@gmail.com

It is open ,now you can apply

Sam

The application process is open now. Be an early bird and APPLY NOW!

LIHLE MBILANA

Hi am LIHLE MBILANA and am interested to study teaching the foundation phase am 29 years old

Sam

Apply now, bursary application for 2020 is open now.

Snethemba

Can you please also assist with the open date and the closing date of 2020 application form for Funza lushaka bursary

Sam

The 2020 application for Funza bursary is open now. The closing date is not specified yet

Apiwe

I want to learn in 2020

SNETHEMBA

Thank you

Snethemba

Hi am Snethemba Maphisa wishing to apply for Funza lushaka bursary for 2020 , I already have NPDE IN teaching major with Mathematics and English. Can you please help I really need bursary.

Sam

The application process is open now for 2020. Be an early bird and APPLY NOW! Please follow the above instructions to apply online.

Anlie Charka

Good day!

I would just like to enquire about when the applications will open for 2020?

Thank you
Anlie

Sam

Funza Lushaka bursary application for 2020 is open now. Be an early bird and APPLY NOW!

Maboya

Hiy I’m doing foundation phase I’ll be doing second year in 2020 with NWU distance learning I’m unemployed interested in Funza Lushaka what requirements needed

Sam

Please check out the above bursary requirements and eligibility section.

Helena Avilahama

Hi I am interested to study as a teacher I am 32 years old help please

ADRI PRINSLOO

I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF FUNZA LUSHAKA BURSARIES, ONLY SAW ON FB LAST NIGHT SOMEONE TALKED ABOUT IT. IS IT TOO LATE TO APPLY FOR THE 2019 ACADEMIC YEAR?

Sam

Sorry to say that it’s not possible now to apply for the 2019 academic year. But the application for 2020 just opened. You can apply now for the 2020 academic years 🙂

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Zusiphe

hy am doind second year this year .. i applied for fundza last yr “2017” and i was not funded . so do i reapply of i should apply as a new applicant?…and is it going to accept me for next year because ill be doing my third yr?

Vera

Apply as re-applications.

Lethabo

Hi Chris it’s open you can apply now I also applied for funza Lusaka on 6 October 2019 and I got my reference number

Dudu Mokoena

When is funza lushaka opening date for 2020 application?

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Nomsa

Hi can anyone help me to apply for fundza Lusaka bursary for 2019…it keeps saying system close… But the applications they say it’s open on 05 October 2018…i can’t apply…. Please my number is 0718266073

Vera

It’s open and you can apply now.

Moneilweng Patience Khantsi

I’m also experiencing the same problem, I thought it was only me who couldn’t access the site.

Andy

Is anyone else experiencing issues with the website loading? I am getting This site can’t be reached message – looks like it is experiencing too much traffic!

julia P Sindane

Hi iam 43 years old. And interested to get teaching bursary under foundation phase teacher for 2019 PLS I need help

Chris

Am an undergraduate doing 2nd year, i tried to apply since the 1st October this year 2018 but the system keeps on saying ” Applications for 2019 funding will open on 05th oct 2018″ and today is the 7th, so i need help on how to apply or where i can get help with the application. I tried it several time and i don’t even know what to do anymore. Pls! I beg for help.
Regards.

julia P Sindane

Hi iam interested to study as a teacher in foundation phase for 2019PLS I need HELP

Moseyone Augusta Ramoshaba

Hi I am interested on that busary for teaching. Funza lushaka🤔 how can i apply for the busary.i would like to start on that teaching phase next year 2019.

Moseyone Augusta Ramoshaba

Hi I’m 42yrs I am interested on that busary for teaching.i would I apply.plesse help me.

Patience Khantsi

Hi. I applied for Fundza Lushaka bursary earlier this year but my application was declined. Should I apply as a first-time applicant or should I apply as a re-applicant?

Sam

Please, apply as a re-applicant

julia P Sindane

Hi iam very interested to study as a teacher in foundation phase for 2019 I will appreciate very much if get busary PLS. Help to apply on line

Ntombovuyo

I’m very interested I want to complete my National Professional Diploma in Education and I’m 38 year ,can I qualify for this
bursary?

Sam

Maybe, Please apply!

Nareshja

I’m struggling to apply can someone help me please, I’m doing grade 12 this year

Whatsapp me :0793777062

frans

am a qualified teacher …..dont worry i will help you …..its easy do not panic

Troom murudu

How do i apply at funza
Because i am interested in studying teaching and i had already applied at vasity

Nosihle

Iam interested in studying foundation phase teaching next year 2019

liciah

Does the bursary cover the registration fee??

Nokuthula Radebe

Wow I’m so relieved 2 hear dat bursary applications 4 Teaching will stat on October, coz I thought the closing date its on this coming Friday! I was ALREADY! a bit stressed not knowing how am I going 2 pay for my studies next year. Thanx SAM u myd ma dy

Phumlani

hi, I need help. How do I apply for a bursary I want to study for 2019 which is next year

Mmalehu

I interested to sturding foundation phase teaching, I need help to how should I apply for this bursary

Sam

Please follow the above “How to Apply and Application Details” section.

Sam

Please visit https://allbursaries.co.za/ and read the process of how you can apply for a bursary and after that use this website search or categories option to find your study related bursaries that are open for the new application for 2019 – 2020 academic year.

Zinhle Madonsela

Hi

Tried applying now and it’s closed still for 2019

I assumed by 00h00 on the 1st the 2019 applications will be opened?

Florence Myeki

Thanks I was worried about my Age

Libokanyo William Sibaya

Hi… This is Willy, age 43. Public servant for more than 10 years. A graduate with BA(Law) Degree from Uovs. Intending to persue PGCE with UNW next year(2019) provided my application for the bursary is successful…
076 533 189 3

Funanani

I want to study teaching next year i want to apply this bursary .my qualification for grade 12 its higher education so I go to tvet collage I have n6 im going to get my diploma janaury 2018 I’m doing internship now. Do you think I can Qualify for this bursary. Please help I want to study

Sam

To get an answer on your query please contact at 012 357 3000

Lebohang Molelekoa

Can I qualify for the busary if I apply for the first time with my June results?

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