When Will 2024 Funza Lushaka Bursary Applications Open?


The Funza Lushaka bursary is the perfect bursary for anyone wanting to study Teaching. Every year, the Department offers the bursary to deserving students.



The Funza Lushaka bursary is geared towards those wanting to study teaching at a public University in South Africa, with the aim of increasing the number of skilled teachers in the country. If you want to study teaching, this one's for you.

If you're planning to study towards a Bachelor of Education (BEd) or a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE), but you can't afford to pay your fees, this bursary is perfect.

When Will Applications Open For 2024 Bursaries?

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) has announced that applications for Funza Lushaka Bursaries for the 2024 academic year, will open on 1 October 2023.

There are, however, a limited number of bursaries available and you should therefore apply as soon as applications open. Applicants are encouraged to apply for a NSFAS bursary as well.

Applications for 2024 Funza Lushaka bursaries will close on 12 January 2024. This gives applicants only three months to apply.

Funza Lushaka Bursary Requirements

  • Must be 30 years old or younger
  • Have no other teaching qualifications
  • Must be a South African citizens with a valid South African ID number
  • Good academic ability
    •  An exemption, endorsement, or ‘admission to bachelor degree studies’ pass at matric/Grade 12 level.
    • At least a level 4 pass at matric level in the two subjects which the applicant will specialise to teach.
    •  For students who wish to specialise in the Foundation Phase, a Level 2 pass in Mathematics or Level 4 pass in Mathematical Literacy at Grade 12 level is required. In addition, a t least a level 4 pass in the Home Language is required.  
    • For students who wish to specialise in the Intermediate Phase, a Level 4 pass in Mathematics and a level 4 in a Home Language subject and/or a Level 4 pass in Science Subjects at Grade 12 level is required. In addition, at least a level 4 pass in the Home Language is required.
    • Students who wish to specialize in the teaching of Technology subjects, including CAT, IT, and other Technical stream subjects and who do not have these subjects level, must have at least a level 4 pass in Mathematics or Technical Mathematics.
  • Must be accepted into an approved B.Ed. degree or PGCE programme to specialise in two or more of the priority subject areas. 
  • Must be committed to teach in any school to which a student may be placed by a Provincial Education Department (PED)

How To Apply

  1. Open the e-Gov portal at www.eservices.gov.za
  2. Register by providing personal information.
  3. Login to the system using username 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.

Applications can only be submitted online. No hard copies will be accepted for applications. 

How To Track Your Application

  1. Go to the eServices Website you used to log in
  2. Provide your login details such as your username and password
  3. Click the Login button
  4. Click on Funza Lushaka Bursary
  5. Check your status 

What The Funza Lushaka Bursary Covers

The Funza Lushaka Bursary covers tuition fees, accommodation including meals, learning materials and they provide a monthly living allowance for living expenses. 

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