Will Funza Lushaka Fund Me if I take a Gap Year? Scholarship 2021

Will Funza Lushaka Fund Me if I take a Gap Year? Scholarship Programme 2021

The Will Funza Lushaka Fund Me if I take a Gap Year? are currently looking to fund undergraduates looking for scholarships.

The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme provides funding for students who are studying to be teachers.


If you are funded by Funza Lushaka, you are required to accept a teaching post immediately after qualifying. No extensions will be granted to a qualifying student even for further studies. Therefore there is no funding for students who decide to take breaks from studying in the form of a gap year.


The requirements for Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme are:

  • You must fall under one of the following categories:
    • 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
    • unemployed people who want to become teachers
  • The bursary is only awarded to South African citizens with a valid South African ID number.
  • Allocation of Funza Lushaka bursaries to Higher Education Institution employees, their spouse and their dependents/children is not permissible.
  • Bursary applicants must already have been accepted into a either BEd or PGCE qualification at an at an accredited public University.
  • The applicant must also meet the national selection criteria for the Funza Lushaka bursary.
  • The bursary will only be awarded if two of the priority area subjects are included as a specialisation in the teaching qualification.
  • The applicant should demonstrate good academic ability.
  • The applicant must show commitment to a teaching career, which includes: interest in working with young people; enthusiasm for a professional career in teaching; readiness to face and surmount difficult challenges and personal integrity.
  • The applicant must be committed to teach at any school which they may be appointed to by a provincial education deparrment (PED).

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