NSFAS Bursary Guide



The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme

The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme is a multi-year programme that promotes teaching in public schools. Full-cost bursaries are available to enable eligible students to complete a full teaching qualification in an area of national priority. Recipients of these bursaries will be required to teach at a public school for the same number of years that they receive the bursary.

  • Students who do not have access to the Internet must contact the Financial Aid Office at the institution where they have been accepted for teacher education studies for the necessary application forms and assistance.
  • Visit www.funzalushaka.doe.gov.za for more information.

Social Work

Bursaries for those interested in studying Social Work are provided by the Department of Social Development. (The student applies for the bursary at the Provincial Department’s offices.) These bursaries have a work back condition – i.e. the student works for the Department of Social Development for the number of years for which he received the bursary (or longer).

National Skills Fund

Bursaries from the National Skills Fund are available for students with a study focus in a scarce skills area. Universities determine which students qualify for these moneys. There are no conditions attached to these bursaries.

Funding is made available through a mandate of the Skills Development Act of 1998, and provides bursary funding to undergraduate students in these specific scarce skills areas:

    • Accounting
    • Financial management
    • Actuarial studies
    • Auditing
    • Business management
    • Economics
    • Physics
    • Computer science
    • Chemistry
    • Geology
    • Information systems
    • Mathematical sciences
    • Agriculture
    • Statistics
    • Financial Accounting
    • Bio-technology
    • Engineering

FET College Bursaries

Bursaries for the National Certificate (Vocational) and for certain NATED courses at FET Colleges are available for qualifying students. There is no employment condition attached to these bursaries. Students must apply for funding through the FET College’s Student Support Services.