Does Funza Lushaka Bursary Cover Online Studies?

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In efforts to increase the number of qualified teachers in the country, the Department offers bursaries to prospective teachers with the Funza Lushaka Bursary. You might wonder whether this bursary will cover online learning programmes. We have the answer.


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In efforts to increase the number of qualified teachers in the country, the Department offers bursaries to prospective teachers with the Funza Lushaka Bursary. You might wonder whether this bursary will cover online learning programmes. We have the answer.

When asked if distance learning students are eligible to get funding through this bursary, the answer is yes, provided that they are eligible in all other respects.

In order to be eligible for the Funza Lushaka Bursary, the following is required:

  • You must currently be in grade 12 wanting to do a Bachelor of Education (BEd), a graduate who wants to get a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE)
  • You must be a South African citizen
  • The bursary will only be awarded if two of the priority area subjects are included as a specialisation in the teaching qualification
  • Demonstrate good academic ability
  • Must be 30 years of age or below

Applications for this bursary programme are now open and will close on 28 February. For more information, click here.

How To Track Your Application Status

  1. Click here to go to the Funza Lushaka Website
  2. Provide your login details; username and password
  3. Click the Login button
  4. Check your status 

Students may update their contact details and re-submit before the closing date. 

The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme is a multi-year programme that promotes teaching in public schools. The bursaries are provided so that eligible students may complete a teaching qualification in an area recognised as priority.

University can cost a lot of money, taking into consideration learning material, transport costs, accommodation and living expenses. The Funza Lushaka Bursary can take care of those for you. 

They cover the following:

  • Tuition fees
  • Accommodation including meals
  • Books and learning materials
  • A possible small allowance for monthly living expenses

For more information on the Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme, click here


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