Funza Lushaka 2020 Bursary Programme

Funza Lushaka 2020 Bursary Programme

Students looking to study an Education qualification at a tertiary institution in 2020 can now apply for the Funza Lushaka 2020 Bursary Programme.

What is the Funza Lushaka Bursary?

There are a large number of bursary options available for students in South Africa. Most bursaries are specific in nature, like how some only offer bursaries for Finance students while others only offer Engineering bursaries. The Funza Lushaka Bursary falls under a similar category as it’s a programme dedicated to promote teaching as a medium.

Formed in 2007, the Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme is available to students who look to pursue and complete an Education qualification at a recognized tertiary educational institution.

Recipients of the bursary will have to teach at a public school of the Provincial Education Department’s (PED) choice upon completion of their qualification. Recipients of the bursary will have to teach at a public school at a length of time equivalent to the length of time covered by the bursary.

For example, students who were funded for 5 years would have to teach in a public school of the bursar’s choice for 5 years.  Should a PED not have a teaching position available for graduates, the graduate may be placed in a PED that has a suitable open teaching post.

What Does the Bursary Cover?

The Funza Lushaka Bursary covers the following amenities regarding student expenses:

  • Tuition;
  • Accommodation;
  • Meals, books, and study materials.

Additionally, students will receive a monthly allowance for additional living expenses. Allocations are capped at a specific value to each individual student. However, the capped value differs for each individual depending on which tertiary institution they attend.

This would mean, for example, a funded student who attends UNISA has a different funding scale to a student who attends UCT or Wits University. Each university in South Africa has different cost structures in place and as a result, students will not always receive similar funding.

Who Qualifies for a Funza Lushaka Bursary?

Funding’s prioritized to students studying/applying to study for the following Education qualifications:

  • A 4-year Bachelor of Education (BEd) qualification (Foundation, Intermediate, or Senior/FET); or
  • A Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) qualification.

Some universities offer qualifications that combine specialization in the Foundation and Intermediate Phase, the Intermediate and Senior Phase, or the Senior and FET Phase.

Students who are seeking to make a career change or an unemployed person looking to become a teacher can also apply. Additionally, applicants for the bursary programme has to be:

  • Aged 30 or under;
  • South African citizens with a valid SA ID number; and
  • Do not have a criminal record.

Students that obtain admission to the qualification of their choice are able to apply for the bursary here. Funded students will have to reapply annually to continue being funded by the bursar.

Step-by-Step Guide on Applying for the Bursary

Applying for the Funza Lushaka Bursary is as easy as opening up a jar of pickles (if you’re a returning applicant). For first-time applicants, you need to follow these 9 easy steps:

  1. Log onto
  2. Open the e-Gov portal at 
  3. Register on the e-Gov portal by providing your personal information;
  4. Once completed with registration, login onto the system via your registered login details;
  5. Select the Funza Lushaka Bursary Scheme from the e-Services menu;
  6. Enter the OTP received on the preferred channel;
  7. Accept the Terms and Conditions;
  8. On the dashboard menu, click the 2020 application button;
  9. Follow the appropriate steps to complete the required field with your information;
  10. Accept the declaration to confirm and complete your bursary application;

And then the waiting game begins…

Criteria for the Funza Lushaka 2020 Bursary

There is naturally a criterion that potential applicants have to meet in order to stand a chance of being awarded a Funza Lushaka bursary.

Undergraduate Degrees

For first-time applicants of the Funza Lushaka bursary, students will need to meet the following criteria:

  • A Senior Certificate/National Senior Certificate with a Bachelor endorsement;
  • A Level 4 pass or higher of the specific subject specialization of the applicant’s choice;
  • Pure Maths/Math Literacy for students looking to study a BEd – Foundation Phase;
  • Additionally, a Level 4 pass in the home language (or at least a 50% average for students who completed Matric prior to 2008 and did not do Maths);
  • Students looking to specialize in teaching Technological subjects (CAT) and did not have the subject(s) at Matric level will need to have passed Pure Maths with at least a Level 4;

If the tertiary institution’s admission requirements are higher than the bursary requirement or vice versa, the higher requirement will apply.

Students already studying at a tertiary institution, looking to apply need to match the following requirements:

  • The student will have to have passed all their modules studied in 2019 OR the last year of study at the Higher Education Institution (HCI);
  • Have at least a 55% average across all modules completed in 2019 OR the last year of study at a HCI;
  • Have at least a 55% average across all modules completed in 2019 OR is in the last year of study at university of a qualification directly related to the teaching specialization of the bursary scheme’s choice.

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

Regarding PGCE, new applicants will have to meet the following admission requirements:

  • Have an existing and recognized undergraduate qualification that qualifies a student to do a PGCE;
  • PGCE Foundation Phase applicants will have to have majored in Psychology or an African Language;
  • PGCE Intermediate & Senior Phase/FET applicants will have to have majored in the subject they wish to specialize in;
  • Applicants must have at least 2 identified priority subjects at the second-year level;
  • Applicants must have sufficient modules in the identified priority subjects to qualify to teach it as a subject at school.

The following information is necessary for existing bursars:

  • The student would have to had at least passed two-thirds of all subject modules studied in the last year of study at university; or
  • The student would have to had at least passed two-thirds of al priority subject modules studied in the last year of study at a Higher Education Institution;
  • Students who are doing one (1) priority subject have to pass it in order to qualify for re-award;
  • Students progressing to the next year or level of study ( First Level → Second Level);
  • A minimum 50% average pass rate across all subject modules.

This is the absolute minimum criteria applicants have to match in order to be under consideration. Note that the Funza Lushaka Bursary will first and foremost award bursaries based on academic ability. Keep in mind that students who meet the criteria are not automatically accepted to receive the bursary

Students can enquire about the Funza Lushaka 2020 Bursary Programme via the following contact details:

Tel: 012 357 3000

Also Read: NSFAS 2020 Applications Open
Also Read: Alternative Bursaries and Scholarships

Last Updated: December 11 2019

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