The Funza Lushaka Bursary for South Africans

Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme

Course(s) Offered: Education
Course Level: Undergraduate, Postgraduate
Provider: South African Govt
Country to Study in: South Africa

Scholarship Description
The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme is a multi-year programme that promotes teaching in public schools. Full-cost bursaries are available for eligible students.

Recipients of these bursaries will be required to teach at a public school for the same number of years that they receive the bursary.

The Programme is funded by the National Treasury and executed by the Department of Education (DoE). The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) administers the programme on behalf of the DoE via the Student Financial Aid Office at each HEI.

The bursary is only awarded to South African citizens. The application will not be considered unless the applicant has a valid South African ID number.

Eligible students must meet the admission criteria of the academic programme at the HEI to which they apply, and must meet the national selection criteria for a Funza Lushaka bursary.

Provincial selection committees are constituted to guide the selection. See official website via link below for more. Once qualified, bursary recipients are employed by a provincial education department (PED).

Eligible groups
Citizens of South Africa

Participating Institutions
This is a national programme that is run locally at every higher educational institution (HEI) that offers teacher education programmes.

Qualified recipients of the bursary must request placement in a province of their choice. The provincial education department (PED) concerned will determine whether there is suitable post available. If there is not, the applicant may be placed in a PED that does have suitable vacancies. Please note that bursars cannot choose the school in which they would like to be placed.

Fields of study
Teaching in public schools

Number of awards
Not specified, several will be given

Sponsorship duration
This is a multi-year programme. Bursaries are given for the same number of years that recipients teach at a public school.

Scholarship benefits
Full-cost bursaries are available to enable eligible students to complete a full teaching qualification in an area of national priority.

Method of Application
The Department of Education will use e-mail or SMS to communicate with bursars. Bursars will be expected to have an e-mail address and if possible a cell phone contact for SMS purposes.

Prospective bursars must first apply for admission at a higher education institution. Once you have gained admission to a university, you can apply for a bursary.

The Financial Aid Office and/or the Faculty or School of Education at your university will provide you with information on how to apply for a bursary.

Applications for the Funza Lushaka bursary for any coming year begins from 01 October of the previous year. Applications for 2014 will be accepted from 01 October 2013.

Re-applications close on 15 November 2013; AND New applications close on 10 January 2014.

It is important to visit the official website via the link below to read carefully the Bursary Conditions, the "Brochure: Information about Initial Teacher Education" AND "Bursary Application Notes"(see the 'Read this before you make your application' link on the official website)

Application Deadline: 15 November 2013 / 10 January 2014.
Open to International students: No (ONLY South Africans)

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