The Funza Lushaka 2015 Bursary Scheme for aspiring teachers

By on October 1, 2014
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If you want to study teaching at a tertiary institution, you can apply for the Funza Lushaka Bursary from 1 October. The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme is a multi-year programme that promotes teaching in public schools. Full cost bursaries are available to enable eligible students to complete a full 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 receive the bursary.

Information to note before making an application for a Funza Lushaka bursary in 2015

  1. The bursary is only awarded to South African citizens. Applications will not be considered unless a certified copy of the applicants” ID document is submitted to support the application”.
  2. Applications must be made online at www.funzalushaka.doe.gov.za
  3. The bursary will only be awarded if ONE of the priority area specialisation subjects is included as a teaching subject in the qualification.

The priority areas are:

Foundation Phase Grades R Intermediate and Senior Phase Grades 4-9 a teaching major in one of the following: African Languages, English Language, Mathematics, Natural Science and Technology.

FET Phase Grades 10-12: a teaching major in one of the following:

Accounting, African Languages, Agricultural Sciences, Agricultural Technology, Civil Technology, Computer Applications Technology, Economics, Electrical Technology, Engineering Graphics and Design, English Language, Geography, Information Technology, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Mathematical Literacy, Mechanical Technology and Physical Science. Students must meet the minimum academic criteria for award of the bursary. In 2015, the minimum academic criteria are:

For 1st time entrants to university:

  • An exemption, endorsement, or admission to Bachelor Degree Studies pass at matric /Grade 12 level.
  • At least a level 4 pass or 60 per cent on the Standard Grade or 50 per cent on the Higher Grade pass at matric level in the subject which leads on to the priority area/subject in which the applicant will specialise to teach.
  • For students who wish to specialise in the Foundation Phase, a pass in Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy at Grade 12 level is required. In addition, a level 4 pass or 60 per cent on the Standard Grade or 50 per cent on the Higher Grade 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 overall good performance with an average of at least 50 per cent.
  • Students who wish to specialise in the teaching of Technology subjects, including Computer Applications Technology, and who do not have these subjects at matric level, must have a pass in Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy.

For new applicants already at university

The student must have:

  • Passed all of the modules studied in 2013 or in the last year of study at the university.
  • At least a 55% average across all the modules studied in 2013 or in the applicant’s last year of study at university.
  • At least 55% average in modules studied in 2013 or in the applicant’s last year of study at university, which relate directly to the priority area teaching specialisation.

For existing bursars

The student must:

  • Have passed 2/3 of the modules studied in 2013 or the last year of study at the university.
  • Have passed 2/3 of the priority area modules studied in 2013 or the last year of study at the university.
  • Be progressing to the next level/year of study; and
  • Have at least 50% average across all modules.

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.

How to apply 

  • Applications for the Funza Lushaka bursary for 2015 will be accepted from 01 October 2014.
  • Please note that there are approximately 3500 new bursaries available in 2015. New applicants are advised to also pursue other funding opportunities.

Click here to apply online when applications open

Closing dates:

Re-applications close on 15 November 2014; New applications close on 09 January 2015

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