Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme | Western Cape Government

Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme


The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme is a multi-year programme that was launched in 2007 to promote teaching in public schools as the career of choice for able and committed South Africans. Full-cost bursaries are available to allow approved students to complete a teaching qualification in an area of national priority. Recipients of a Funza Lushaka bursary are required to teach in a provincial education department for the same number of years that they received the bursary.


happy-male-teacher-at-deskWho can apply?

  • Any academically gifted, young learners, currently in Grade 12;
  • Graduates who want to complete a teaching qualification (enrol for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE));
  • A person who wants to make a career change and become  a teacher.
  • An unemployed person who wants to become a teacher.

You can apply if:

  • You're a South African citizen.
  • You're 30 years or younger.
  • You don’t have a criminal record.

Funded programmes

1. Undergraduate studies

  • 4-year Bachelor of Education degree (B Ed), specialising in Foundation Phase (Grade R – 3), Intermediate Phase (Grade 4 – 6), Senior Phase (Grade 7 – 9) and FET Phase (Grade 10-12).

2. Graduate studies

  • One-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) for graduates whose degrees include at least one major in one of the two priority subjects. Take note that some universities offer qualifications which combine specialisation in the Foundation Phase (Grade R - 3) and Intermediate Phase (Grade 4 – 6), or the Intermediate Phase and Senior Phase, or the Senior Phase (Grade 7 – 9) and FET Phase (Grade 10 –12). These combined qualifications are also acceptable.

You can find more information on the admission criteria, what the bursary covers and repayment here.

To access, register and apply for the bursary, you must follow these 9 steps.

For more information, please refer to the frequently asked questions.

For more information please contact:

Tel: 012 357 3000

Provided by:
Government Body: (The Government of South Africa)
The content on this page was last updated on 8 October 2019