Funza Lushaka Bursary Application Process and Requirements

By ED Curtson •  Updated: 10/01/22 •  6 min read

What is the Funza Lushaka Bursary? 

The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme is a programme that provides financial support to students pursuing teaching degrees. Upon completion of studies, a beneficiary is assigned a school by the provincial education department and is required to teach that school for a period equivalent to the bursary’s duration.  

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The total value of the bursary varies among different recipients due to different university cost structures. It covers the recipient’s necessary expenses such as tuition, learning materials, accommodation, and meals. In some cases, you will also receive a small monthly allowance for other living expenses. The bursary is valid for only one academic year and is not automatically re-awarded. Applicants have to apply to renew the application on an annual basis. The outcome is awarded based on academic ability.  

Who qualifies for the bursary? 

Anyone who already has other teaching qualifications does not qualify. Applicants with criminal records or who have been dismissed from work are also not eligible for the bursary. 

How to Register 

To register for the Funza Lushaka Bursary, proceed with the following steps:  

1. Visit www.eservices.gov.z​ a.​  

2. Click “Sign Up/Register” on the menu at the top of the page. Register your online profile by filling in your personal details.  

3. Once registration is complete, log in to the system using the username and password you created when registering.  

4. Navigate to the e-Services menu and select “Funza Lushaka Bursary Scheme”. Once you are logged in, go to the e-Services menu and choose Funza Lushaka Bursary.

5. Enter the one-time password (OTP) received on your preferred channel

6. Read and accept the Terms and Conditions

7. Click on the “2021 application” button on the dashboard menu,  

8. Follow the steps to fill in the required fields with your information

9. Accept the declaration, which confirms that the information you have provided is true.  

Once the application is complete, print the completed online application and submit it to the university where you are accepted and registered. When submitting the application form, make sure to include the following:  

As an applicant, you can change your application details by visiting “Update personal details”. You cannot, however, change the details of the institution and the selected areas of specialisation. You also cannot update your details after the deadline closing date. Applications close in November for existing or returning bursary recipients and in February for new applications. The application outcome is made available no later than 30 April.  

The bursary funds two categories of qualifications: 

The following are priority areas of the bursary: 

Foundation Phase (Grades R to 3):  

Foundation Phase specialisation (there is a preference for African Languages) 

Intermediate and Senior Phase (Grades 4 to 9):  

Bursary applicants should specialise in at least two of the following subjects:

FET phase (Grades 10 to 12): 

Bursary applicants should specialise in at least two of the following subjects:

What are the minimum academic requirements for the bursary?  

First-time entrants to university:

New applicants who are already university students:

For new applicants enrolling for PGCE

The Funza Lushaka bursary must be repaid only if the recipient:

You can visit the Funza Lushaka coordinators at your university for more information. For further enquiries, you can email the Funza Lushaka Bursary Scheme at inquiries.funzalushaka@dbe.gov.za or call the office at 012 357 3000.​      

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