The Funza Lushaka Bursary – Teaching

The Funza Lushaka Bursary is aimed at giving eligible students a bursary to acquire a full teaching qualification. After completion of studies the recipient will then have to teach or work at a Provincial Department of Education for the same amount of time as the bursary sponsorship.

Admission Criteria

  • Only South Africans are considered
  • Applicant should already have acceptance into a recognized higher institution
  • Applicant should have a good academic record
  • Applicant must be willing to take up teaching post for the amount of years that the bursary was recieved
  • Preference given to applicants from rural areas or previously disadvantaged backgrounds

 How the Funza Lushaka bursary works

The bursary allows you to obtain a bachelors degree  (University) or a bachelor of technology (Technikon) in a field that is required by the Department of Education.

Once you have your qualification you will then be required to complete a one year Post Graduate in Education certificate before being employed as a teacher for the stipulated time period

 Application Process

You firstly need to apply and be accepted for either a teaching qualification (B Ed) or another qualification (BSc, BTech,BA) that has at least one major course in a priority sector.

Only then can you apply for the Funza Lushaka bursary online.

What the bursary covers

  • Tuition Fees
  • Accommodation and meals
  • Books and learning materials
  • Small living allowance for other monthly expenses


  • The bursary is awarded on a yearly basis, so each bursary holder must re-apply every year
  • The bursary may be extended by one year for additional courses or subjects
  • The bursary must be repaid if the recipient fails to qualify, fails to apply or take up a teaching post at a public school or fails to finish the required working period.

For more info on the bursary, priority areas and to apply you can visit the Funza Lushaka website

Please contact Funza Lushaka directly for updates on their bursary program

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127 Responses to “The Funza Lushaka Bursary – Teaching”

  1. victor June 25, 2012 at 08:35 #

    Hi could you please help with the application form I want it for my sister who lives in rural area of daggakraal she’s in grade 12 and also want to do teaching after metric
    I think this bursary will help her a lot. We are far with the internet cafe, so is it possible for to post it please. Mr B.V Thusi 2097 section E Ekangala 1021

    • Collen Tsatsie March 6, 2013 at 17:01 #

      Hi im collen,i completed my matric last year with good result(admission to a diploma).i hereby wish to do a teaching course in asking for bursary ,please im realy need it.i am a hard working young man.

      • Victoria Ellis March 10, 2013 at 06:45 #

        You need to wait for applications to open later this year for 2014

        • Patrick March 13, 2013 at 19:06 #

          Pls help! I’m a parent for a student @ tut he got funza lushaka bursary but until today he didn’t get any small monthly allowance .can u pls tell me how long must he wait for monthly allowance before he can get it “frustrated parent ”

          • Victoria Ellis March 28, 2013 at 19:51 #

            Hi Patrick,

            Unfortunately we have no direct contact with Funza….

          • kele October 2, 2013 at 21:56 #

            uhmm m0nthly all0wance is 0nly recievd 0n th sec year nd abv, if h is stl a frst yr bursary h0ldr then h wl strt gttn it 4rm th f0ll0wing year…

  2. makabelo October 5, 2012 at 10:58 #

    Hi,my sister completed her matric last year with very good marks. She want to study teaching. This bursary will be realy helpful and it will help her fulfil her dreams.

  3. Lindelani Celimpilo Sithole November 7, 2012 at 12:23 #

    Hello! I’m Lindelani Sithole so i have done my grade 12 (matric) so i wish to study by Funzalushaka Bursariey and i do not know what can i do because i have registered through CAO but they did not inform me about that application.I wish study teaching.Thanks.

    • Victoria Ellis November 11, 2012 at 07:28 #

      Hi Lindelani, you must be accepted for the course you would like to study first before applying for the Funza Lushaka bursary. You then simply apply at their website . You still have time so hurry :)

  4. Busi Mahlangu November 14, 2012 at 20:13 #

    I’m currently working as I’m teaching part as School Support Programme at Abram Hlophe school. I’m now having a passion in teaching. I want to study further but dont have money. I’m teaching helping and kids with homework.
    please help.

    • Victoria Ellis November 17, 2012 at 17:26 #

      Busi, you need to apply and get accepted at a university, technikon or college and then apply at Funza. This would be the best option for you as its geared towards empowering teachers.

  5. Nhlaka December 11, 2012 at 07:52 #

    Hae um nhlakanipho mthiyane, ive been doing matric this yr,hence iknw dt iwl pass my matric and they ve already accepted me at Unizul for studing B ed FET physx n maths bt da problm is, i dnt knw hw cn i get da bursary form to apply. Im frm d disadvantage area bt i hv passion for teachng. Please help.

    • Victoria Ellis December 12, 2012 at 17:30 #

      You need to find an internet cafe or print shop. Also try your school they have to help you….

  6. Thapelo December 30, 2012 at 14:13 #

    Hy. I got admitd @UP nd have also applied for funza lushaka, i am just wondering if chances are high for me to get that bursary because i need it and i have heard lot of bad comments about funza lushaka. I have appld for funza on a opening date of it. I am so worried!… I just wish i get it!

  7. Nombulelo January 5, 2013 at 19:16 #

    Hi im Bule iam doind b.ed @ unisa and iam volunting @ my nearest school,I applied for a bursary online and i did get any respond .please help i need this bursary.

    • Victoria Ellis January 6, 2013 at 19:17 #

      Hi Nombulelo, We do not deal with Funza. You need to contact the Funza consultants at Unisa.

  8. sinikelo January 6, 2013 at 11:39 #

    i have applied for funza lushaka bursary and got acceptance letter from uj i need bursary now

    • Victoria Ellis January 6, 2013 at 19:09 #

      You need to wait for correspondence from Funza.

  9. Thapelo January 8, 2013 at 11:24 #

    Hy. When do funza lushaka reply applicants for 2013?

    • Victoria Ellis January 10, 2013 at 08:27 #

      ……Who Knows

      • Ruan March 7, 2013 at 10:38 #

        Can you please help as im also looking for funding to start my course in education.I was accepted as a student for this year at UFS but didnt have money to go futher.PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

  10. Thobane Tshabalala January 10, 2013 at 04:58 #

    Hey victoria thnx 4 ur help here in answering the questions of our fellow students.its bin helpful 2 me also

  11. jerry January 15, 2013 at 22:02 #

    i applied 4 funza bursary, plz whn does it reply?

    • Victoria Ellis January 19, 2013 at 21:15 #

      Hi Jerry, we do not deal directly with Funza Lushaka.

      If you have applied they will contact you.

      • Thobza January 22, 2013 at 15:34 #

        Hi! Does funza lushaka reply to the aplicants atleast before the registration period ends?

        • Victoria Ellis January 23, 2013 at 17:21 #

          They should….

    • gxwali noxolo March 31, 2013 at 13:43 #

      Hi I would like to know if I qualify for the bursary. I am currently enrolled for my first year for a BSc Extended programme in Geosciences at NMMU.

      • Victoria Ellis April 16, 2013 at 16:49 #

        If you are planning on becoming a teacher then you should apply when it opens on the 1st of October

  12. Thobza January 22, 2013 at 06:26 #

    Hey I would like to know if funza does atleast reply to students before the registration period ends?

  13. Nathalie January 23, 2013 at 18:26 #

    If the student doesnt get placed at a school through the department how long does he or she have to wait until he or she can be released from the bursary obligation so that he or she can apply for another job?

    • Victoria Ellis January 28, 2013 at 17:46 #

      They should let you go immediately.

      This rarely happens though…..

  14. ZANDILE MBATHA January 27, 2013 at 15:09 #


    • Victoria Ellis January 28, 2013 at 17:40 #

      Applications for Funza have only recently closed for 2013.

      So correspondence might be a bit slow and usually is due to the large amount of applications.

      • Moeketsi April 12, 2013 at 09:05 #

        Hi,i hereby wish to apply for funza lushaka bursary.i passed my matric last year with distinction,so i am appealing to funza lushaka to help me to further my studies so that i can be a teacher.thank you.

        • Victoria Ellis April 13, 2013 at 08:39 #

          Moeketsi, please apply at their website.

  15. kholofelo February 1, 2013 at 16:15 #

    hw much does funza give each student

    • Victoria Ellis February 2, 2013 at 14:27 #

      Varies dependent on the course you study

  16. henry February 2, 2013 at 15:07 #

    Greetings to every one

    I just want to know if Funza would pay for post graduate students.
    i study at unisa partime,and i’ve apply for basary last year.even now I never
    found responce from them.I bought all book and deed reg.

    • Victoria Ellis February 2, 2013 at 18:11 #

      What are you studying for Henry?

  17. duduzile February 6, 2013 at 19:37 #

    Hi I applied for funza lushaka bursary on the 9th of January 2013, is there any possibility of getting it?

    • Victoria Ellis February 7, 2013 at 18:39 #

      Yes but they will take a while to process all the applications.

  18. Thobza February 10, 2013 at 08:36 #

    Hi! I would 2 know why funza do not sponser B.Ed intermediate and senior phase(Social Sciences).

    • Victoria Ellis February 23, 2013 at 13:24 #


  19. DESIREE February 12, 2013 at 12:01 #

    Hi my name is desiree i applied for the busary early this year but my problem is i had to change the institution,so will i be able to still get the busary?

    • Victoria Ellis February 14, 2013 at 17:13 #

      If you were accepted at the new institution then it should not be a problem.

      You must notify Funza though.

      • Johan Mvelase July 6, 2013 at 10:50 #

        I am current teaching with a BSc offering Natural Science, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at a noticeable level at high school. I am also assisting other schools during weekends in Ladysmith and Bergville. I wish I were fully qualified for this. How do I get this bursary. I wanna do a PGCE at UNISA.


        • Victoria Ellis July 7, 2013 at 08:08 #

          You need to apply at Unisa then apply at the Funza Lushaka website from the 1st of October.

  20. luvo February 16, 2013 at 10:10 #

    Hi Victoria I am Fundza lushaka beneficiary but am yet been placed , I graduated in 2011. I was wondering whether you can help me in this regard. I would love to work in Gauteng. I tried several times to call Fundza Lushaka head office but I do not get desired response. I even filled in that placement form. please help . From ‘destitute’ LUVO

    • Victoria Ellis February 23, 2013 at 17:50 #

      Its unfortunate how you are being treated. We suggest you apply for teaching posts in the meantime.

  21. Nobuhle February 17, 2013 at 20:34 #

    Can i get an application form i am interested on being a teacher

    • Victoria Ellis February 23, 2013 at 11:42 #

      You need to visit their website Nobuhle

  22. Josephina February 18, 2013 at 13:08 #

    Funza lushaka bursary is so helpful, i am using it..all you have to do is work hard and submit in time.

    • Antoinette March 12, 2013 at 13:16 #

      Are you studying at unisa?

  23. Nonkuh February 19, 2013 at 21:42 #

    Hi Victoria,when do u open for 2014 applications? i was once sponsored by nsfas but did not finish my degree, now i want to do BeD and i want to apply for funza, will they accept me?

    • Victoria Ellis February 23, 2013 at 17:46 #

      They open towards the end of the year

  24. Verinque February 21, 2013 at 14:38 #

    Hi i will like to now if can still apply for 2014 bursary.

    • Victoria Ellis February 23, 2013 at 11:07 #

      Yes, the bursary opens later this year for 2014 applicants

      • Rudzani October 3, 2013 at 06:10 #

        hi Victoria how do I know that my application has gone through from my computer because its not showing me.

        • Paul Swanson October 4, 2013 at 06:58 #

          You should get a email notification from Funza

  25. melidah February 21, 2013 at 18:35 #

    i hv bn sponsored by the funza lushaka bursary last year as the first entering student nw the prob is dat the list for this year is already out bt my name does nt appear i gt 100% n i meet all the criterias wht can i do? m depressed cz i cm frm a very poor family my parents does nt work we only rely on my 3 siblings social grant whch is nt enough.4rm U.L

    • Victoria Ellis February 23, 2013 at 11:22 #

      You need to contact them directly Melidah

      • Victoria March 5, 2013 at 11:16 #

        Hi Vicky

        Im waiting to be placed by Funza Lushaka for the teaching post will you be ble to confirm when are we going to be placed ? I studied my PGCE through nmmu 2012. Thanks

        • Victoria Ellis March 10, 2013 at 06:51 #

          Unfortunately not Victoria, we do not deal with them directly

  26. Moshanyana February 27, 2013 at 02:42 #

    Im always hungry at school when is FUNZA answering?wen i was applying i chose business studies and sesotho ,but during the registration i changed to Economics,sesotho and English will i still get Funza?

    • Victoria Ellis March 9, 2013 at 18:25 #

      These are questions only Funza can answer…

  27. Juanita February 27, 2013 at 10:40 #

    Hi, where can I find a contact no for someone at the Fundsa Lushaka Bursary office?
    Do you know if you are awarded a bursary if they pay for priviate housing? My daughter is sharing a flat with someone, she is not in the university hostel.

    • Victoria Ellis March 9, 2013 at 18:30 #

      They do offer an accommodation allowance but we do not have contacts within the bursary….

  28. TUMELO MOLEHANR February 27, 2013 at 11:02 #


    • Victoria Ellis March 9, 2013 at 18:33 #

      Its too late to get into Funza for 2013, your options are to wait for 2014 or simply get a student loan…

  29. Khwitshana Saziso March 2, 2013 at 07:27 #

    I wanna study at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in 2014, i wanna do Agriculture Management, does funza lusaka accept such field of study?

    • Victoria Ellis March 9, 2013 at 19:02 #

      They would but you would have to teach for a few years after qualifying

      • Khwitshana Saziso April 10, 2013 at 16:23 #

        Thank you Victoria thank you very much

  30. Monwabisi Mbele March 3, 2013 at 19:44 #

    can i apply for funza bursary if im registered at unisa.

    • Victoria Ellis March 9, 2013 at 18:52 #


  31. Steven March 6, 2013 at 08:54 #

    Hi Mrs Ellis, I would like to know when will the funza lushaka bursary respond to their bursars for 2013? Or when can I expect them to answer my application, because I have been waiting for the response n I can’t even buy my stationary because I have insufficient funds to can buy my stationary. Can you please estimate when will they respond for this year because now we are in march, and there is no responce.

    • Victoria Ellis March 10, 2013 at 06:47 #

      There should have been correspondence by now Steven. You need to contact them.

  32. Ruan March 7, 2013 at 10:42 #

    Im desperately looking for a bursary Ruan Sevier email me futher details

    • Victoria Ellis March 10, 2013 at 07:06 #

      Bursary applications for this year are closed Ruan you may need to get a study loan

  33. nozipho zungu March 14, 2013 at 18:55 #

    what are term and conditions for bursaries funza lushaka

    • Victoria Ellis March 20, 2013 at 15:09 #

      That can be read on their website Nozipho

  34. Dipuo Makuoa March 15, 2013 at 07:26 #

    my son need the bursary,please respond positively cause i don’t work so he cant continue with his studies this year please help i am really desperate

    • Victoria Ellis March 20, 2013 at 15:09 #

      What is he studying?

  35. yanga greyi March 20, 2013 at 17:33 #

    Hey can you please notify me when the applications for 2014 open…

    • Victoria Ellis March 22, 2013 at 19:44 #

      October the 1st usually.

  36. mpho gift March 25, 2013 at 21:09 #

    victoria i wnt 2apply for 2014 m currently studying Bed maths,science and technology

    • Victoria Ellis March 28, 2013 at 18:54 #

      Applications open October the 1st for 2014

  37. Busi March 26, 2013 at 13:03 #

    We are so desperately in need of Funza that is why we applied. It doesn’t make sense that at this time of the year there hasn’t been any correspondence. Soon PGCE students are going o their teaching pracs; how are they going to pull trhough – I don’t know! Funza has to come out with more efficient ways of correspondence because this “waiting till kingdom comes” is only causing UNNECCESSARY stress and worry to mount up on students. Please Victoria, help is needed…

    • Victoria Ellis March 28, 2013 at 18:46 #

      I feel your pain Busi but our hands are tied…

  38. michelle April 5, 2013 at 07:12 #

    hello am michelle i wanted to know if i can get a funza lushaka bursary if am doing a cerficate on teaching?

    • Victoria Ellis April 7, 2013 at 16:27 #

      Only Degree qualifications

  39. Neo April 10, 2013 at 11:19 #

    Hi my nam is Neo, i am currently studyin HR Management at an FET College in Carletonville, on a bursary. My coursre is for 3 years which is divided into two 18 months programmes. The first 18 months are for obtaine my N6 certificate and the second 18 months are for practicals (internship) and only then can I get my diploma.

    Want I want to know if would it be a wise move for me to stop my current course and apply for a teaching bursary or should I finish my diploma first?

    • Victoria Ellis April 13, 2013 at 15:32 #

      Funza Lushaka is aimed at prospective teachers. You will have to teach for a few years in a public school. Is this your plan?

  40. Amandiso April 25, 2013 at 18:39 #

    hi am on foundation program at rhodes university, but since rhodes doesn’t have a strain teaching course, you need to complete a degree first then you can do one year of teaching, does funza offer a bursary on such conditions?

  41. SM ZWANE April 26, 2013 at 14:10 #

    helo ,im enjoying the benefits of the fundza lushaka bursary ,i encourage everyone to take modules like economics .accounting and other priority areas and work hard on them

  42. THOMAS April 29, 2013 at 11:44 #


    • Victoria Ellis May 1, 2013 at 06:57 #

      It depends on your matric results but taking teaching will help your application greatly

  43. Thapelo April 30, 2013 at 14:50 #

    Hello im doing teaching this year at UFS, i failed to apply for funza lushaka last year but hoping to do so this year. can you help me with the forms when they available.

    • Victoria Ellis May 1, 2013 at 07:02 #

      Funza applications open the 1st of October and its done online at their website.

  44. Cindy Megan May 2, 2013 at 10:36 #

    Dear Mr/Mrs
    How can I apply for this busary? I’m currently studying my BA psychology at CTI. I’m in a financial crisis on the moment and want to apply for a bursary for the year 2014. My mom is the only person who works in the house and she not capable of paying my studies alone.

    Would kindly ask to inform me with advise…


    • Victoria Ellis May 27, 2013 at 16:18 #

      Are you interested in the Funza Lushaka Bursary?

  45. Thandokazi nomgca May 5, 2013 at 09:05 #

    hi iwould like to study Bcom(financial management) and teaching at the same time i want to know if that is possible and can i get the funza lushaka bursary

    • Victoria Ellis May 11, 2013 at 07:38 #

      Funza would want you to do the Bcom then the teaching diploma or degree.

  46. katlego May 7, 2013 at 16:36 #

    um requetn funza lushaka application form please

    • Victoria Ellis May 11, 2013 at 07:24 #

      Its an online application starting the 1st of October

  47. olga May 23, 2013 at 15:56 #

    I would like to apply for funza lushaka…can I apply with matric certificate

    • Victoria Ellis June 3, 2013 at 13:19 #


  48. sello July 1, 2013 at 12:44 #

    Hi victoria Ellis am currently studying management @tut & am completing my diploma in september, so i would like to divert/follow a teaching career next year,i passed my matric with admission to diploma so do i qualify for funza lushaka bursary.
    do you only take student who passed with admission to bachelor degree or admission to diploma?
    is age +matric + diploma= admission to bachelor degree/higher education?when credited by matriculation board of south africa?and do u qualify for
    funzalushaka bursary?

    • Victoria Ellis July 2, 2013 at 10:17 #

      Have you looked at their website?

      It should answer all your questions

  49. Ruchell Herbert July 9, 2013 at 09:24 #

    Hi there i realy need to know when i should apply for a bursary im very hardworking and teaching is one of my biggest dreams and im in matric this year but i would like to study next year and money is a huge problem please HELP!!!!!!!

  50. Lassy selowa July 10, 2013 at 09:57 #

    How can i contact Funza lushaka consultants to assist me with the process because i have been struggling to access the online forms,It says the application has been closed.Please help me.

  51. Bongani Mazibuko August 23, 2013 at 11:21 #

    I was doing my matric in 2010 and I passed my matric with admission to Bachelor’s degree so I just wanted to find out if I’m in a position to get the Funza lushaka bursary or not. plz reply

  52. Thami September 26, 2013 at 20:09 #

    To bursary holders, how much does it pay monthly?

  53. Godfrey November 20, 2013 at 14:48 #

    Date 4 funzalushaka respond 4 2014?

  54. annonimous January 7, 2014 at 19:12 #

    Hey victoria I applied for funza lushaka but I still have an outstanding balance that I couldn’t pay. Will my application be considered

  55. Nathan January 9, 2014 at 08:11 #

    How will i know if i qualified for the bursary ?. I have passed matric with admission for bachelor’s degree . I have already applied and is now currently waiting for a response and how do i contact the funzalushaka bursary department

  56. Busisiwe February 15, 2014 at 10:43 #

    hi I’ve just my course at unisa am doing Abet an i would love to a teacher so i want to apply for the bursary

  57. xoli February 21, 2014 at 08:00 #

    please help, I’ve applied for Funza Lushaka bursary last year and this year. the p

  58. xoli February 21, 2014 at 08:03 #

    But I didn’t get the respond, a frustrated student

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