The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme South Africa 2018 – 2019


The application form for the Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme for 2018/2019 is now available. Read on for details on how apply, below.


The Department of Basic Education which was formerly a part of the National Department of Education, deals with Grade R to 12 schools as well as literacy programmes throughout South Africa.

The DBE became a departnment of its own after the was National Department of Education was split into two: the DBE (Department of Basic Education) and DHE (Department of Higher Education).

The goal of the department is to create a sustainable education system for the 21st centtury in South Africa, giving all learners access to training and education.

The vision is to have the education system improve the quality of life of all South Africans while creating a peaceful and prosperous country.


The DBE in South Africa has a bursary programme aimed at healpoing student teachers who are in need of study funding –  The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme.

This bursay award is aimed at giving financial assistance to students with intentions of studying in the education sector, and who will give back to the community by teaching at public schools.

These are the areas in which the bursary will be awarded:

  • Foundation Phase Teaching (Grades R-3):with preference for African Languages
  • Intermediate and Senior Phase Teaching (Grades 4-9):majoring in any of the following 2 subjects: Mathematics/ Languages/ Technology/ Natural Science
  • FET Phase Teaching (Grades 10-12):majoring in any of the following 2 subjects: Accounting/ Economics/ Mathematics/ Technical Mathematics/ Agricultural Sciences/ Physical Sciences/ Life Sciences/ Technical Science/ Geography/ Languages/ Agricultural Technology/ Civil Technology/ Information Technology/ Computer Applications Technology/ Electrical Technology/ Mechanical Technology/ Engineering Graphics and Design



The bursary will be covering the following expenses: tuition fees, food and accommodation, textbooks and study materials and allowance for general living expenses.

It should be noted that bursary applicants will be required to teach at a designated public school for the equal duration of their bursary, upon the completion of the teaching qualification.

The following requirements are the minimum entry criteria and must be satisfied by the applicants before application (please note that failure to satisfy these requirements will lead to disqualification):

  • South African citizen
  • Students must be accepted into a suitable qualification, at one of the recognised tertiary institutions
  • Must be able to show satisfactory academic capability
  • Willing to teach at a school appointed to them by the Provincial Education Department
  • A keen interest in working with children
  • Clear criminal record
  • Must not have any charges of misconduct or dismissed from work
  • Preference will be given to applicants in rural areas and applicants who intend on teaching in rural areas

First time university entrants:

  • Matric exemption/ endorsement/ bachelor degree admission
  • Achieved a minimum of 60%/ level 4 (Standard Grade) OR 50% (Higher Grade) in Matric for subject you intend on specialising to teach
  • If intending on specialising in Foundation Phase – must have passed Matric Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy and 60%/ level 4 (Standard Grade) OR 50% (Higher Grade) for your Home Language
  • If intending on specialising in Technology subjects (including CAT) – must have passed Matric Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy

Students currently at university:

  • Passed all subjects studied in 2017/ last year of tertiary study
  • Achieved a minimum average of 55% for all subjects studied in 2017/ last year of tertiary study
  • Achieved a minimum average of 55% for subjects related to the teaching area of specialisation in 2017/ last year of tertiary study

New students enrolling for PGCE:

  • Completed a qualification that allows admission into PGCE
  • For PGCE Foundation Phase Teaching – must have majored in an African Language and Psychology
  • For PGCE Intermediate Phase, Senior Phase, Further Education and Training Teaching – must have majored in chosen area of specialisation from the B. degree
  • Have a minimum of 2 selected priority subjects at 2nd year of study
  • Have enough subjects in the selected priority subjects to qualify to teach at school

Current bursars:

  • Achieved a minimum average of 50% across all subjects
  • Passed a minimum of two-thirds of subjects studied in the most recent year of university study
  • Passed a minimum of two-thirds of priority subjects in the most recent year of Higher Education study
  • If doing 1 priority subject – must have passed the subject
  • Progressing to the next year of study

Note: It should be noted that the Funza Lushaka Bursary programme requirements and the University requirements will be used interchangeably, depending on which is higher.


Applications must be done online at:
New applications:
(Please click “I accept” to proceed, once you have read the T&C’s)
Clear copies of the below listed documents along with the completed application form is to be submitted. (Please note that the submission of these documents is compulsory and any application missing any of the following documents will be disregarded):

  • ID document (certified copy)
  • Latest Matric results, if currently in Matric (certified copy)
  • Matric certificate, if completed Matric (certified copy)
  • Academic transcript, if currently at university (certified copy)
  • Proof of acceptance/ registration at university



New applications – 11 January 2019.
Re-applications – 16 November 2018.
(Applications open on 1 October 2018.)
(Please apply before the closing date in order  to ensure that your application is considered.)

For any queries related to this bursary programme, please contact:
Funza Lushaka academic and administrative coordinators (found at your university)
Tel: 012 357 3000.

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