The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme in South Africa

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The Department of Basic Education offers Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme to enable eligible students to complete a full teaching qualification in an area of national priority.  There are approximately 3500 new bursaries available in 2014. New applicants are advised to also pursue other funding opportunities. Full-cost bursaries are available to enable eligible students to complete a full teaching qualification in an area of national priority.  Registration fees, tuition fees, residence fees or approved accommodation and the cost of meals, a books and learning material allowance and an  allowance for monthly living expenses. Applications for the Funza Lushaka bursary for 2014 will be accepted from 01 October 2013. Re-applications close on 15 November 2013; New applications close on 10 January 2014.

Study Subject(s): Bursaries are provided in the field of Foundation Phase specialisation, African Languages; English Language; Mathematics; Natural Science; Technology and  Accounting, African Languages; Agricultural Sciences; Agricultural Technology; Civil Technology; Computer Applications Technology; Economics, Electrical Technology; Engineering Graphics and Design; English Language; Geography, Information Technology; Life Sciences; Mathematics; Mathematical Literacy; Mechanical Technology and Physical Science.
Course Level: Bursaries are available to enable eligible students to complete a full teaching qualification in an area of national priority.
Scholarship Provider:  The Department of Basic Education
Scholarship can be taken at: South Africa

Eligibility: For 1st time entrants to university: An exemption, endorsement, or „Admission to Bachelor Degree Studies? pass at matric /Grade 12 level.
-At least a level 4 pass or 60% on the Standard Grade or 50% on the Higher Grade pass at matric level in the subject which leads on to the priority area/subject in which the applicant will specialise to teach.
-For students who wish to specialise in the Foundation Phase, a pass in Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy at Grade 12 level is required. In addition, a level 4 pass or 60% on the Standard Grade or 50% on the Higher Grade pass in the Home Language is required. If a student completed matric prior to 2008 when Mathematics was not compulsory, a student may still be considered based on overall good performance (Average of at least 50%).
-Students who wish to specialise in the teaching of Technology subjects, including Computer Applications Technology, and who do not have these subjects at matric level, must have a pass in Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy.
For new applicants already at university or enrolling for PGCE: The student must have:
-passed all of the modules studied in 2013 or in the last year of study at the university.
-at least a 55% average across all the modules studied in 2013 or in the applicant?s last year of study at university.
-at least 55% average in modules studied in 2013 or in the applicant?s last year of study at university, which relate directly to the priority area teaching specialisation.
For existing bursars: The student must:
-have passed 2/3 of the modules studied in 2013 or the last year of study at the university.
-have passed 2/3 of the priority area modules studied in 2013 or the last year of study at the university.
-be progressing to the next level/year of study; and
-have at least 50% average across all modules.
Applicants must note that these are minimum criteria. Meeting these criteria does not mean automatic acceptance for the bursary. There are a limited number of bursaries available, and the best students will be selected for the bursary.
-On qualifying, bursars will be required to take up a provincial teaching position. Bursars will not be granted permission to defer the placement contractual obligation to continue with full-time studies e.g. B.Ed (Hons). Nor will bursars be granted permission to take a “gap year”. Applicants must note that provincial education departments will place graduate bursars in teaching posts in schools in which they are needed. Bursars cannot choose the school in which they would like to teach, nor can they apply directly to a school. It is also possible that bursars can be offered a placement in another province if there is no suitable position in the province of choice. To meet contractual obligations, bursars will have to accept the offer.
-The bursary is awarded for one academic year at a time. It is not automatically re-awarded. Re-award will depend on academic success. There is no automatic promise of support for 4 years plus 1 more year. On evidence of academic success, and pending the availability of funds, the bursary may be renewed each year until the recipient of the bursary has qualified as a teacher. Recipients of bursaries will be required to teach one year for every year for which they receive a bursary.
-The bursary must be repaid if the recipient fails to qualify, fails to apply for a teaching post with a provincial education department for placement at a public school, fails to take up a teaching post with a provincial education department at a public school, leaves a teaching post with a provincial education department before the end of the contracted service period, or otherwise fails to meet a requirement of the bursary agreement. In all of the cases described above, the bursary converts to an interest-bearing loan.
-The amount that is repayable is the full amount of the bursary received under the programme, less one year’s funding for every year spent teaching at a public school. Interest will be charged at the rate determined by NSFAS from time to time, which is always less than the commercial rate.
-The Department of Basic Education prefers to use an e-mail or SMS to communicate with bursars and if you are awarded or re-awarded the bursary you will be expected to have an e-mail address and if possible a cell phone contact for SMS purposes.

Scholarship Open for International Students: The students of South Africa can apply for these bursaries.

Scholarship Description: The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme is a multi-year programme that promotes teaching in public schools. Full-cost bursaries are available to enable eligible students to complete a full 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 receive the bursary. Qualified recipients of the bursary must request placement in a province of their choice. The provincial education department (PED) concerned will determine whether there is suitable post available. If there is not, the applicant may be placed in a PED that does have suitable vacancies. Please note that bursars cannot choose the school in which they would like to be placed.

Number of award(s): There are approximately 3500 new bursaries available in 2014. New applicants are advised to also pursue other funding opportunities.

Duration of award(s): The bursary is awarded for one academic year at a time.

What does it cover? Full-cost bursaries are available to enable eligible students to complete a full teaching qualification in an area of national priority.  Registration fees, tuition fees, residence fees or approved accommodation and the cost of meals, a books and learning material allowance and an  allowance for monthly living expenses.

Selection criteria: The bursaries will be awarded on on merit.

Notification: Not Known

How to Apply: All applications must be made online at www.funzalushaka.doe.gov.za. Take note of the closing date. No applications will be entertained after the closing date. Students must apply online and submit supporting documentation to the university.

Scholarship Application Deadline: Applications for the Funza Lushaka bursary for 2014 will be accepted from 01 October 2013. Re-applications close on 15 November 2013; New applications close on 10 January 2014.

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