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The Funza Lushaka Bursary

What is Funza Lushaka?

The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme is a multi-year programme that promotes teaching in public schools. The programme is administered by the Department of Basic Education. A limited number of full-cost, service-linked bursaries are available to capable learners studying towards a qualification in teaching and who are specializing in a specific priority subject specialization. Students who receive the bursary are placed to teach in schools which need their services, particularly in rural and disadvantaged school contexts.

Who can apply for a Funza Lushaka bursary?

To be eligible to apply for Funza Lushaka Bursary Scheme you need to be:

  • A South African citizen with a bar-coded Identity document;
  • Accepted into an appropriate study programme at a recognized higher education institution;
  • In need of financial assistance;
  • Able to demonstrate potential for academic success.

Please note that meeting all these requirements does not automatically qualify a student for a bursary and the approved process determines qualifying students.

Which programmes are funded by the Funza Lushaka Bursary?

The following qualifications leading to a teaching qualification may be funded:

Undergraduate studies Undergraduate studies Graduate studies
  • 4-Year Bachelor of Education degree (B-Ed), specialising in Foundation Phase (Grade R - 3), Intermediate Phase Grade (4 - 6), Senior Phase (Grade 7 - 9) and FET Phase Grade (10 - 12).
  • 3/4 Year Bachelors degree e.g. Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Computer Science, Bachelor of Technology in fields suitable for admission to the one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Application for funding for a Bachelors degree implies that the applicant cmmits to enrol for the PGCE upon completion of the undergraduate degree
  • One-Year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) for graduates whose degrees include majors in priority areas.

What are the Priority areas for the Funza Lushaka bursary?

The priority areas that are currently funded are indicated in the table below.

These areas are reconsidered from year to year:

Foundation Phase
(Grade R- 3)
(Grade 4 6)
(Grade 7 9)
(Grade 10 12)
  • Foundation phase specialisation
  • African Languages
  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Technology
  • African Languages
  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Technology
  • African Language
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Agricultural Technology
  • Civil Technology
  • Computer Applications Technology
  • Electrical Technology
  • Engineering Graphics and Design
  • English Language
  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematical Literacy
  • Mechanical Technology
  • Physical Sciences
  • How do I apply for the Funza Lushaka bursary?

    You need to apply for admission to a teaching qualification (B Ed or PGCE) or a Bachelors degree (e.g. BSc, B Tech, BA) with at least one major course in a priority area at a university of their choice.

    • Once you have gained admission at a university, you can apply for the bursary via the Funza Lushaka website at
    • Students who do not have access to the Internet must contact the Financial Aid Office at the institution where they have been accepted for teacher education studies for the necessary application forms and assistance.
    • The bursary is awarded for one academic year at a time. On proof of academic success, the bursary may be renewed each year until the recipient of the bursary has qualified as a teacher. The bursary holder will be required to re-apply by the end of October for the following year.

    Additional funding options and information on private bursaries offered by different companies can be found on the career advice website at (Look for "Financing my Studies").

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