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The Funza Lushaka Bursary

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

Qualified recipients of the bursary must request placement in a public school. The provincial education department (PED) will place a graduate bursar in a suitable teaching post. If a particular PED does not have a suitable teaching post for the graduate bursar, the applicant may be placed in a PED that does have a suitable post. Please note that bursars cannot choose the school in which they would like to be placed.


  • Applications for the Funza Lushaka bursary for 2016 will be accepted from 01 October 2015.
  • Please note that there are approximately 3500 new bursaries available in 2016. New applicants are advised to also pursue other funding opportunities.
  Closing dates:
      Re-applications close on 20 November 2015;
      New applications close on 08 January 2016.