Selection criteria include the following:
- The bursary is only awarded to South African citizens with a valid South African ID number;
- The applicant should demonstrate good academic ability;
- Students must meet the minimum academic criteria for award of the bursary.
In 2020, the minimum academic criteria are:
For 1st time entrants to university:
- An exemption, endorsement, or ‘admission to bachelor degree studies’ pass at matric/Grade 12 level.
- At least a level 4 pass at matric level in the subject which the applicant will specialize to teach.
- For students who wish to specialize in the Foundation Phase, a pass in Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy at Grade 12 level is required. In addition, at least a level 4 pass in the Home Language is required. If a student completed matric prior to 2008 when Mathematics was not compulsory, a student may still be considered based on an overall good performance (Average of at least 50%).
- Students who wish to specialize in the teaching of Technology subjects, including CAT, and who do not have these subjects at matric level, must have at least a level 4 pass in Mathematics.
- If the institution’s admission requirements are higher than the bursary requirement and vice versa then the higher requirement will apply.
For new applicants already at university
The student must have:
- The student must have passed all of the modules studied in 2019 or the last year of study at the Higher Education Institution.
- At least a 55% average across all the modules studied in 2019 or in the applicant’s last year of study at a Higher Education Institution.
- The student must have at least 55% average in modules studied in 2019 or in the applicant’s last year of study at university which relate directly to the priority area teaching specialization.
- These are minimum criteria. The Funza Lushaka bursary is a prestigious bursary that must be awarded firstly on the basis of academic ability. The criteria applied at particular institutions may be higher than those suggested here, but cannot be lower.
- For new applicants enrolling for PGCE
- The student must have successfully completed a recognized qualification that qualifies him/her to be admitted for a PGCE.
- To be considered for a PGCE in Foundation Phase Teaching a student must have majored in Psychology and an African Language.
- To be considered for PGCE in Intermediate Phase, Senior Phase and Further Education and Training Teaching the student must have majored in the subject he/she wishes to specialize in from the B. degree.
- The student must have at least TWO identified priority subjects at second year level;
- The student must have sufficient modules in the identified priority subjects to qualify to teach it as a subject at school.