Funza Lushaka Bursary Application Guide

The Funza Lushaka Bursary Program is a multi-year program that promotes teaching as a profession. The bursary is awarded to eligible students who wish to complete a teaching qualification in an area of national priority. Here’s a complete guide on how to apply for the Funza Lushaka Bursary.

Eligibility Criteria

Before applying, ensure that you meet the following criteria:

  1. Academic Requirements:
  • A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with admission to Bachelor’s Degree studies, or
  • An NSC with admission to Diploma studies (if applying for a teaching diploma).
  1. Admission Requirements:
  • You must be accepted into an appropriate qualification at a recognized Higher Education Institution.
  1. Age Requirement:
  • Applicants must be 30 years old or younger if applying for the first time.
  1. Priority Areas:
  • Teaching subjects such as Mathematics, Science, Technology, Indigenous Languages, and other areas of priority.

Application Process

  1. Prepare Documents:
  • Certified copy of ID.
  • Academic transcripts and certificates.
  • Proof of registration or acceptance at a Higher Education Institution.
  • A motivational letter explaining why you want to become a teacher.
  1. Register Online:
  • Visit the official Funza Lushaka Bursary Program website: Funza Lushaka.
  • Click on the “Apply” tab to register an account.
  1. Complete the Application:
  • Fill in the online application form with your personal details, academic information, and the institution where you plan to study.
  • Upload the required documents.
  1. Submit the Application:
  • Review your application for completeness and accuracy.
  • Submit your application online before the closing date.

Selection Process

  • Applications are evaluated based on academic performance, the relevance of the chosen teaching subject, and the applicant’s motivation to become a teacher.
  • Shortlisted candidates may be required to attend an interview.
  • Successful applicants will be notified via email or the contact details provided in their application.

Obligations of the Bursary Recipients

  1. Service Commitment:
  • Upon graduation, recipients are required to teach in a public school for the same number of years that they received the bursary.
  1. Academic Performance:
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress throughout your studies.


1. When is the application period for the Funza Lushaka Bursary?

  • Applications typically open in October and close in January of the following year. Check the official website for specific dates.

2. Can I apply if I am already studying towards a teaching degree?

  • Yes, existing students can apply if they meet the eligibility criteria.

3. What costs does the bursary cover?

  • The bursary covers tuition fees, accommodation including meals, books and learning materials, and a small living allowance.

4. Can I apply for the bursary if I am over 30 years old?

  • The bursary is typically awarded to applicants who are 30 years old or younger. Exceptions are rare.

5. What happens if I fail my course or drop out?

  • If you fail to meet the academic requirements or drop out, you may be required to repay the bursary.

6. How long is the service commitment?

  • The service commitment is equal to the number of years you received the bursary. For example, if you received the bursary for four years, you must teach for four years.

7. Can I choose the school where I will teach after graduation?

  • Placement is done by the Department of Basic Education, and while preferences are considered, placements are primarily made in areas of need.

8. Can I apply for other bursaries or scholarships in addition to the Funza Lushaka Bursary?

  • Yes, you can apply for other bursaries or scholarships, but you must inform the Funza Lushaka Bursary Program if you receive other funding.

9. How do I contact the Funza Lushaka Bursary Program for more information?

  • You can contact them via the contact details provided on the official website or visit their offices at your respective Higher Education Institution.

10. Is the bursary renewable every year?

  • Yes, the bursary is renewable each year provided you meet the academic and other requirements.

Tips for a Successful Application

  • Start your application early to avoid last-minute issues.
  • Ensure all documents are certified and up-to-date.
  • Write a compelling motivational letter that clearly explains your passion for teaching.
  • Double-check your application for any errors before submitting.

For more information, visit the Funza Lushaka Bursary Program website and follow their guidelines carefully to increase your chances of receiving the bursary.