Funza Lushaka Online Application 2023 – Apply to Funza Lushaka Bursary

How To Apply for Funza Lushaka Online Application 2022

The Funza Lushaka online application 2023 has started. Interested applicants who need Funza Lushaka Funding can follow the page for application guidelines, requirements, and more. The Funza Lushaka Bursary 2023 is perfect for anyone wishing to study a teaching course. 

Funza Lushaka Online Application 2022

This bursary is geared towards anyone wishing to become a teacher.

The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme is a multi-year programme that promotes teaching as a profession. The bursaries are provided to students who may complete a teaching qualification in an area recognized as a priority.

The Funza Lushaka online application form 2023 has been open for students who wish to apply for financial assistance to further their studies for a teaching degree. To qualify for the bursary, you need to be studying or wish to study a Bachelor of Education (BEd) or a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) at a public university.

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Every applicant is expected to read every section of the application form.

What does the Funza Lushaka bursary cover?

The Funza Lushaka cover the following:

  • Tuition fees
  • Accommodation including meals
  • Books and learning materials
  • A possible small allowance for monthly living expenses

In order to qualify for the Funza Lushaka Bursary you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • learners, currently in Grade 12;
  • graduates who want to complete a teaching qualification (enroll for a PGCE);
  • people who want to make a career change and become teachers; and
  • unemployed people who want to become teachers.

What programmes will be funded?

  • Bachelor of Education (BEd)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

There are two types of  Funza Lushaka Bursary Qualifications. These are Undergraduate Studies and Graduate Studies.

Undergraduate Studies

This covers a 4-year Bachelor of Education degree (B Ed), specializing in Foundation Phase (Grade R – 3), Intermediate Phase (Grade 4 – 6), Senior Phase (Grade 7 – 9) and FET Phase (Grade 10-12).

Graduate Studies

This covers a 1-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Combined qualifications are also acceptable such as combine specialization in the Foundation Phase (Grade R – 3) and Intermediate Phase (Grade 4 – 6), or the Intermediate Phase and Senior Phase, or the Senior Phase (Grade 7 – 9) and FET Phase (Grade 10 –12).

Requirements for Funza Lushaka Online Application 2023

In order to qualify for Funza Lushaka Bursary, you have to meet the following requirements:

  • You must be a South African Citizen at 30 years of age and under.
  • Applicants who want to complete a teaching degree or want to become teachers (Postgraduate Certificate in Education and have already been accepted at an accredited public University.
  • Applicants who want to make a career change and become teachers, show dedication and passion for a professional career in teaching, display interest in working with young people, are ready to face and handle difficult challenges and have personal integrity.
  • Applicants should have good academic performance.
  • Spouses and Children of applicants of Higher Education Institution employees are not eligible.
  • Two of the priority area subjects must be included as a specialization in the teaching qualification.

How To Apply for Funza Lushaka Online Application 2023

NOTE: All first-time applicants must be 30 years or younger to apply for Funza Lushaka Bursary.

How To Apply for Funza Lushaka Online Application 2022

  1. Open the e-Gov portal at
  2. Register by providing personal information
  3. Login to the system using user name and password created when registering
  4. On the e-Services Menu select Funza Lushaka Bursary Scheme
  5. Enter the OTP received on the preferred channel
  6. Accept the Terms and Conditions
  7. On the dashboard menu click on the 2023 application button
  8. Follow the steps to complete the required field with your information
  9. Accept the declaration to confirm the information captured

Closing Date – Funza Lushaka Online Application 2023

Funza Lushaka Bursary Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The programme

1. What is the Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme?

The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme is a multi-year programme to promote teaching as a profession. Bursaries are available to enable selected students to complete a teaching qualification in identified Subject priority areas. Recipients of these bursaries will be required to teach at a public school for the same number of years that they received the bursary.

Roles and responsibilities

2. How are roles and responsibilities for the Funza Lushaka programme separated?

This is a national programme that is administered to each public higher education institution (HEI). It is funded by National Treasury and managed by the Department of Basic Education (DBE).

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) financially administers the programme on behalf of DBE through the Student Financial Aid office at each HEI.

Provincial coordinators implement district and community-based teacher recruitment programmes in collaboration with – district co-coordinators. Provincial coordinators respond to queries from applicants in their respective provinces and districts and assist them to apply online for the bursary. Provincial coordinators manage the provincial selections of the district recruited applicants.

Selected 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 the Funza Lushaka bursary. The selection of bursars is undertaken at each HEI in accordance with the selection criteria and the funds allocated to each HEI.

Once qualified, bursary recipients are placed by a provincial education department.

Applications and eligibility

3. Who is eligible to apply?

Any academically gifted, young –

  • learners, currently in Grade 12;
  • graduates below the age of 30 who want to complete a teaching qualification or enrol for a PGCE;
  • people below the age of 30 who want to make a career change and become teachers; and
  • unemployed people below the age of 30 who want to become teachers.

4. How does a student apply?

Prospective bursars must first gain admission at a higher education institution (HEI). Applications may be submitted online at .

5. Where can prospective students find out more about the bursary programme?

Information on the Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme can be accessed from .

Student Financial Aid offices will give details of financial matters, service obligations, etc.

Staff in the Faculty or School of Education at HEIs will provide information on teaching as a profession, academic programmes and an individual’s eligibility for admission.

6. How does an institution determine whether a student’s academic programme complies with the selection criterion?

The bursary programme is designed to boost recruitment into teaching, in priority subject areas. In most cases, Faculty or School of Education staff will be able to assist students with the Funza Lushaka priority subjects to determine a student’s teaching priority subjects guided by the Funza Lushaka Policy.

7. What are the national priority subject areas?

Foundation Phase (i.e. Grades R-3): Foundation Phase (with preference for South African Indigenous Languages) Neurodevelopment Needs, Braille, SASL.

Intermediate and Senior Phase (i.e. Grades 4-9): Preference will be given for a teaching major in TWO of the following: Languages, Mathematics, and Natural Science & Technology

FET phase (i.e. Grades 10-12): Preference will be given for a teaching major in TWO of the following: Accounting; Agricultural Sciences; Agricultural Technology; Civil Technology; Computer Applications Technology; Electrical Technology; Engineering Graphics and Design; Geography; Information Technology; Life Sciences; Mathematics; Mechanical Technology; Physical Sciences, Languages,Maritime studies, Coding and Robitics, Technical Mathematics and Technical Science.

8. What programmes will be funded?

Bachelor of Education (BEd);

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Senior Phase and FET teaching;

9. Are there official quotas for the distribution of bursaries by programme, year of study or priority area ?

Yes, the distribution by programme will be determined by the Department of Basic Education depending on identified priorities subject areas annually.

10. Are first-year students eligible?

Yes, first-year students in the appropriate programmes are eligible for the bursary.

11. Are Advanced Certificate in Education (ACE) students eligible?

No. Bursaries are available only to unqualified, initial teacher education students.

12. Are distance education and part-time students eligible for a bursary?

Yes, provided they are eligible in all other respects and complete the qualification within the minimum stipulated time.

13. Are recipients of other bursaries eligible to apply for a Funza Lushaka bursary?

Yes, but a student who has been offered both a Funza Lushaka Bursary and another bursary must choose to decline the other bursary.

Selection matters

14. Who sits on a Funza Lushaka bursary selection committee?

The composition of the selection committee is stipulated in the Funza Lushaka Policy and must include academic members of the Faculty or School of Education, a representative of the relevant provincial education department (PED), a representative of the financial aid office and an official/officials representing the DBE.

15. What selection criteria should be applied?

The selection criteria are stipulated in the Funza Lushaka Policy. The following is a summary:

  1. The bursary is only awarded to South African citizens with a valid South African ID number.
  2. Allocation of Funza Lushaka bursaries to Higher Education Institution employees, their spouse and their dependents/children is not permissible.
  3. Bursary applicants must already have been accepted into a either BEd or PGCE qualification at an accredited public University.The applicant must also meet the national selection criteria for the Funza Lushaka bursary.
  4. The bursary will only be awarded if two of the priority area subjects are included as a specialisation in the teaching qualification.
  5. The applicant should demonstrate good academic ability.
  6. The applicant must show commitment to a teaching career, which includes: interest in working withyoung people; enthusiasm for a professional career in teaching; readiness to face and surmount difficult challenges with integrity.

Please note that you are responsible for paying your registration fee, while awaiting for the outcome of the bursary application

16. Will late applications be considered?

No, late applications for a bursary will not be considered.

Money matters

17. Are HEIs being allocated a specific number of bursaries or a specific allocation of funds for bursaries?

Yes. HEIs receive bursary funding from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). Each HEI will disburse bursary funding in accordance with its cost structure.

18. Are more funding available than those initially allocated to an institution for a particular academic year?

No. However, If institutions are unable to use all the funds allocated to them, the balance will be redistributed to institutions that requires more funding. This will only be done after the end of the normal registration period.

19. How much is a Funza Lushaka bursary worth?

Institutions have different cost structures, so the total value of a bursary differs from institution to institution. Funza Lushaka bursaries should cover essential expenses.

20. What does the bursary cover?

Expenses covered may include tuition fees, accommodation including meals, books and learning materials, and if possible a small allowance for monthly living expenses. The allocation to any individual student is capped at a specific value. Where the HEI charges more than the capped value the bursars will have to top up from own funds. Applicants are therefore encouraged to apply at HEIs with the most affordable rates.

21. May a student accept a bursary for fewer than the number of years required to complete a programme?

Yes. However, the student would have to avail himself/herself for placement immediately after qualifying.

22. Can a student accept less per annum than the total amount on offer?

Yes. However, the recipient’s service obligations remain a full year of service for every year for which he/she has received a bursary.

23. Can a student who has another bursary receive a Funza Lushaka bursary?


24. Can a student receive a bursary for an extra year of study?

Yes. Funding for an additional year of study (i.e. 5th year) ) is not automatic and will be considered on a case by case basis. In cases where support is provided for an additional year, the service obligation for the student is extended by a year. Any additional time required will be at the recipient’s own cost. The additional year of study is only applicable to bursary holders following the Bachelor of Education.

25. Who pays for costs incurred over and above the allocated bursary amount?

The bursary holder.

26. Is the bursary renewable?

Yes, A Funza Lushaka bursary holder is required to re-apply for the bursary annually before the end of November. The bursary is awarded for one academic year at a time upon proof of academic progress.

27. How will a student’s accomodation and living expenditure be paid?

In accordance with the HEIs normal practices.

Funza Lushaka bursary agreement

28. Must the recipient of a bursary receive a copy of the bursary agreement?

Yes. The agreement must be explained to the bursar before he/she signs it, and a signed copy must then be given to the recipient.

29. For how many years will the recipient of a bursary be required to teach?

Funza Lushaka bursary holders will be required to teach one year for every year for which they have received a bursary. Each year of service shall repay one full-time year of bursary-assisted studies.

30. If a student migrates from an NSFAS loan to a Funza Lushaka bursary, will the years pertaining to the NSFAS loan become part of the service contract?

No. The NSFAS loan and the bursary have different conditions.

31. Must the bursary be repaid?

No. However, the bursary may have to be repaid if the recipient fails to make academic progress; registers for a course of study that is not in a designated priority area; fails to apply for a teaching post with a PED at a public school, fails to follow the stipulated processes; fails to take up a teaching post with a PED at a public school; leaves a teaching post with a PED before the end of the contracted service period; or otherwise fails to meet a requirement of the bursary agreement

32. How much must be repaid?

The recipient will be required to repay the full amount of the bursary received in terms of the programme, with accrued interest.

33. Will interest have to be paid on the amount owing?

Yes. Interest shall be compounded monthly at the rate of interest determined by NSFAS from time to time.

34. Who determines the placement of newly qualified teachers in terms of the programme?

Qualified recipients of bursaries will be placed by the PEDs to teach in a public school. Offers of employment will be made, subject to the Employment of Educators Act, 1998, and the South African Schools Act, 1996, as amended as well as the SACE Act.

35. Are Funza Lushaka bursary recipients eligible for school governing body (SGB) posts at public schools?

No. A bursar may only accept a school governing body (SGB) post after the bursar has fulfilled his/her contractual obligations to a PED.

36. Are Funza Lushaka bursary recipients able to take a “gap year” or proceed to complete further studies immediately after qualifying?

No. Students are required to accept a teaching post immediately after qualifying – an extension will not be granted to a qualifying student even for further studies.

37. Are foreign students eligible for a Funza Lushaka bursary?

No, NSFAS will not enter into a contract with a foreign student or a student that holds a temporary resident permit.


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