Teaching Bursaries 2020: Applications & Requirements

Bursaries for 2020: Application Forms & Requirements (NOW OPEN)
SHOPRITE BURSARY 2020: Application & Requirements

There are a number of teaching bursaries on offer each year to talented students who would love to teach the youth in South Africa. These bursaries for teaching and education are offered to students needing financial aid to obtain the right qualifications in order to become a teacher in specialized subjects.


If you are thinking on studying teaching, you probably want to know which is the best route to become qualified in the industry. Most students pursue a teaching diploma or degree – these are both different qualifications requiring different levels of study as shown below:

Teaching Diploma: generally studies are undertaken at a technical or vocational school and takes around 18 months to complete. This qualification usually enables you to specialize in a specific field of teaching.

Teaching Degree: this includes a 4 year bachelor’s degree/ 2 year postgraduate honours master’s degree/ doctoral. Degree studies are generally undertaken at University and require that students achieve a bachelors pass on their Matric NSC certificate.
A Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree can be split into Foundation Phase, Intermediate Phase and Senior Phase.



Each phase has its pro’s and con’s, here is a quick breakdown that will hopefully help you select a phase best suited to your skill set:

Foundation Phase (Grade R to Grade 3) – while not as academic as the other 2 phases, this phase requires more hands on practical teaching. Best suited for those who enjoy teaching young kids and toddlers the basic fundamental learning techniques, ethics and manners.

Intermediate Phase (Grade 4 to Grade 6) – this phase entails less practical training than the Foundation Phase, although some level of practical training is still required. Academic and technical skills are the core focus, and students will select their subjects (Mathematics, English, Science, History etc).

Senior and Further Education and Training Phase (Grade 7 to Grade 12) – this is the most academic and technical intensive phase, as well as a certain level of practical work. Teachers in this phase will be required to specialise in their chosen subject and must be able to interpret their raw knowledge into practical teaching.



Applicants Must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying:

  • You must be a South African citizen (or a permanent resident for certain bursary awards)
  • You must show a love for teaching and working with children
  • You must be in your final year of school (Matric) or you must have completed Matric
  • You must have applied or have been accepted to study at a recognised tertiary institute in the country
  • You must have a good academic record
  • Preference is usually given to learners from previously disadvantaged backgrounds



Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme

The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme is a multi-year programme that promotes teaching in public schools. Bursaries are available to enable eligible students to complete a full teaching qualification in an area of national priority. Recipients of the bursary 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 can apply for appropriate public school positions with the provincial education department (PED) of their choice. The PED concerned will determine whether there is a suitable post available. If there is not, the applicant will be offered employment in a PED that does have suitable vacancies.

For more information on the Funza Lushaka Bursary, How to Apply/Deadline: Click here


National Student Financial Aid Scheme

NSFAS is the South African government student loan and bursary scheme. We provide loans and bursaries to students at all 25 public universities and 50 public TVET colleges throughout the country.NSFAS funding has grown from R441 million in 1999 to R8,5 billion in 2013.

For more information on the National Student Financial Aid Scheme, How to Apply/Deadline: Click here



Fundi is the leading education finance specialist, operating in Southern Africa, catering for all levels of tuition. Committed to making education both affordable and accessible to all individuals looking to further their education. Since our inception in 1996, we have helped more than 720 000 South Africans to unlock their true potential with more than R3,7 billion in study loans. We have also pioneered a bursary fund management product called Eduxtras, to assist students and bursars alike in effectively budgeting and controlling spend on essential study requirements, including tuition fees, books, accommodation, food etc.

By making our study finance as affordable as possible, we are ensuring that a large number of individuals who would otherwise not qualify for educational finance now have the means to improve their lives, the lives of their loved ones, and our nation as a whole through education.

For more information on the Fundi, Click here



Since the bursaries are all different. You will have to check each one for its specific closing date. Just click the links above.


Bursaries for 2020: Application Forms & Requirements (NOW OPEN)
SHOPRITE BURSARY 2020: Application & Requirements