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Teaching Bursaries in South Africa 2023

The teaching profession is the bedrock of society. Teachers provide the training upon which all other professions thrive for their success. This fact is well understood by South African society, and it is for that reason that there are so many teaching bursaries in South Africa that favor teachers or students of teaching.

With that being said, education becomes a very attractive course to study, especially if the student is gifted and can perform well in his studies. From undergraduate to postgraduate level, there are donors willing to provide funds for you to study, as long as you can show academic promise. One donor requires you to teach in a public school for about 4 years, and another donor is willing to sponsor you for further studies abroad through a teaching bursary scheme.

List Of Teaching Bursaries In South Africa

SAMSTIP Teacher Internship Bursaries 2022

South African Mathematics and Science Teacher Intern Programme are the coming together of Mathematics and Science Teachers bursaries in South Africa to support teachers of these subjects, and help improve the learning curve of these subjects in the country. This organization provides bursaries to help fund the development of teachers. This bursary programme offers Tuition fees, Textbooks, Accommodation, Transportation, and a small stipend for upkeep. Successful candidates will also get Mentorship by professional teachers with many years of experience.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must be students in tertiary institutions who are in their final year and must have credits in Natural Science, Mathematics, Life Science, or Physical Science.

Applicants can also be University graduates with the above degrees.

Applicants must be South African citizens with a clean criminal record.

Applicants must not be up to 30 years of age.

What you need to Apply:

Certified copy of your identity document.

Certified copy of your current tertiary record if you are in a tertiary institution

Certified copy of your matric certificate

How to Apply:

Applications shall be done online by visiting

You may do a hardcopy application by posting to 16 St. David Road, Houghton, 2198. You may contact [email protected] for more information, before posting your application.

South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) Bursary

The South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) is South Africa’s organization for studying the galaxy. The SAAO also furthers astrophysics and astronomy in southern Africa. It houses the biggest observatory telescope in the whole of the southern hemisphere.

The South African Astronomical Observatory, offers financial aid to students through its Bursary Programme. Will select 10 beneficiaries who will receive R20,000 worth of bursary support. This funding will cover Textbook costs, as well as Transportation, Food allowance, Computers, and other expenses.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must be South African citizens from the Northern Cape.

Applicants must be students pursuing their 1st or 2nd year of qualification.

Applicants must be studying Science Education, Mathematics, Engineering, Tourism, or Science.

Applicants must have a household income not more than R600,000.

How to Apply:

All applications are to be sent via email to [email protected] with the following supporting documents:

Application letter indicating field of study, motivation, and household income.

1st-year students must submit proof of that they have been given admission by a South African university.

2nd-year students must provide results from their 1st year of studies.

Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Postgraduate Scholarship 2022

The Oppenheimer Memorial Trust is an endowment trust established in 1958 by Harry Oppenheimer in memory of his father Sir Ernest Oppenheimer. This Trust is engaged in several philanthropic activities, including financial aid to students. Who aims to contribute towards developing the South African academic community.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must already have a first degree.

Applicants must provide a 500-word signed statement describing: Background, academics, Career aspirations, Short to medium-term goals, and personal philosophy.

Applicants must provide proof of admission or registration.

Applicants must provide an updated CV.

How to Apply:

Applications are to be submitted via email to [email protected] in the following format: MS Word documents separately containing: Motivation, CV, Intended study, and Budget estimates.

Canon Collins Thekgo Bursary 2022

The Canon Collins Trust was founded in 1981 and since then has been actively involved in building a community of researchers and activists to make a social impact. This Trust was an active voice against Apartheid. The bursary scheme pays for the initial registration fee for successful applicants and then provides them with funding for other academic expenses.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must be nationals of any country in Africa or have refugee status

Applicants must have completed their undergraduate studies.

Applicants must have missed 1 graduation or didn’t receive their degree due to outstanding debt

Applicants must show academic ability.

How to Apply:

Applications are online: download and complete the Canon Collins Thekgo Bursary Application Form.

Provide your Certified copy of ID/passport

Provide recent university fees statement confirming outstanding debt not exceeding R6000

Provide proof of missed graduation or withheld degree certificate.

Applications are to be submitted via email to [email protected] with the subject: Thekgo Bursary Application – Your Full Name

Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme

The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme is a programme designed to support the teaching of the art of teaching in South Africa. The programme provides qualified students with funding to complete a degree in education. Bursary recipients are then required to practice teaching at public schools for a few years.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must be South African citizens.

Applicants must have good academic performance.

Applicants who want to make a career change and become teachers must show that they possess strong work ethics. They must be recommended by their previous employers.

How to Apply:

Applications are online: go to, then register your online profile by providing your personal details. After that, log in your username and password into the system. Navigate to the e-Services menu and choose Funza Lushaka Bursary.

Then click on the Application menu, and follow the steps. Please ensure that you complete all the required fields with accurate information.

Upload certified copies of your ID and your academic records as directed.

For further information please contact the bursary programme via Phone: 012 357 3000, or email: [email protected]

NSFAS Bursary

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme NSFAS is a programme by the South African government. The purpose of this bursary scheme is to provide funds for the poor and working class so as to get educated. This bursary provides funds for those seeking to study teaching and so many other courses.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must be South African citizens.

Applicants must be currently studying or must have done Matric exams.

Applicants must have proven financial needs.

How to Apply:

Visit: and register.

Provide your correct information.

Upload the required documents as listed below.

Required Documents:

Applicants must provide ID Document/ID card/ Unabridged Birth Certificate

Applicants must provide parents or guardians with ID documents or ID cards.

Applicants must provide Parents or Guardians Death Certificate if Applicable.

Applicants must provide Parents’ or Guardians Payslips, Employment Letters, or Pension Advice.

Applicants must provide NSFAS Consent Form duly filled and signed by their parents or guardians.