In South Africa, there are several bursaries available for students who wish to pursue a career in education and teaching. These bursaries are designed to provide financial assistance to students who are studying to become teachers or who are currently teachers and want to further their studies. In this article, we will discuss some of the education and teaching bursaries available in South Africa for the 2023-2024 academic year.

Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme
The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme is a government initiative aimed at providing financial assistance to students who wish to pursue a career in teaching. The bursary covers tuition fees, accommodation, and a small allowance for living expenses. In return, the student is required to work at a public school for the same number of years that they received the bursary.

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To qualify for the Funza Lushaka Bursary, the student must meet the following criteria:

Be a South African citizen
Be enrolled or planning to enroll for a teaching qualification
Have a good academic record
Be committed to teaching as a career
Applications for the Funza Lushaka Bursary open in October and close in January of each year.

Thuthuka Bursary Fund
The Thuthuka Bursary Fund is a programme that is aimed at helping disadvantaged students who wish to pursue a career in teaching or accounting. The bursary covers tuition fees, accommodation, and a small allowance for living expenses. In return, the student is required to work for a specific period after graduation.

To qualify for the Thuthuka Bursary Fund, the student must meet the following criteria:

Be a South African citizen
Be studying towards a teaching or accounting qualification
Come from a disadvantaged background
Have a good academic record
Applications for the Thuthuka Bursary Fund open in April and close in June of each year.

ISASA Teacher Intern Bursaries
The Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA) offers bursaries to students who are currently studying towards a teaching qualification. The bursary covers tuition fees and a small allowance for living expenses. In return, the student is required to complete a teaching internship at an ISASA member school.

To qualify for the ISASA Teacher Intern Bursary, the student must meet the following criteria:

Be a South African citizen
Be studying towards a teaching qualification
Have a good academic record
Applications for the ISASA Teacher Intern Bursaries are accepted throughout the year.

The National Research Foundation (NRF) Freestanding Master’s and Doctoral Scholarships for Full-Time Studies
The National Research Foundation (NRF) offers bursaries to students who are pursuing a Master’s or Doctoral degree in education. The bursary covers tuition fees, accommodation, and a living allowance. In return, the student is required to conduct research in the field of education.

To qualify for the NRF Freestanding Master’s and Doctoral Scholarships for Full-Time Studies, the student must meet the following criteria:

Be a South African citizen
Be pursuing a Master’s or Doctoral degree in education
Have a good academic record
Applications for the NRF Freestanding Master’s and Doctoral Scholarships for Full-Time Studies are accepted throughout the year.

The South African Institute of Race Relations (IRR) Bursaries
The South African Institute of Race Relations (IRR) offers bursaries to students who are studying towards a teaching qualification. The bursary covers tuition fees and a small allowance for living expenses. In return, the student is required to complete a teaching internship at a school in a disadvantaged community.

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