The Rhodes Bursary for Southern Africa 2014

Welcome to the information  for the Rhodes Bursary in Southern Africa. The page here provides constituency-specific information on Rhodes Bursary to Oxford for applicants from South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and Swaziland.

The Bursary for these countries are administered from a regional secretariat based in Johannesburg.

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Southern African Rhodes Scholars class of 2012

There are:

– four Bursaries every year for applicants from South Africa-at-Large,
– one for applicants from KwaZulu-Natal,
– one for applicants from Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and Swaziland, and
– one each for applicants of or from Diocesan College, Rondebosch; South African College School, Newlands; Paul Roos Gymnasium, Stellenbosch; and St Andrew’s College, Grahamstown (including their identified partner schools).

Several Scholars from Southern Africa have been featured as Scholar of the Week.

Applications

Applications are now open for the Rhodes Bursaries for 2014 for Southern Africa.  The closing date is 15 August. 

Prospective applicants from Southern Africa should carefully review:
1. the general information about the Rhodes Scholarships,
2. the selection criteria that apply in all Rhodes constituencies and then
3. the application criteria specific to Southern Africa.
There are FAQs which are applicable to all applicants.

Mr Justice Edwin Cameron 
is the General Secretary for the Rhodes Scholarships in Southern Africa.

The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme 2014

The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme is a multi-year programme that promotes teaching in public schools. Bursaries are available to enable eligible students to complete a full teaching qualification in an area of national priority. Recipients of the bursary will be required to teach at a school or provincial education department for the same number of years that they receive the bursary. Qualified recipients of the bursary can apply for appropriate public school positions with the provincial education department (PED) of their choice. The PED concerned will determine whether there is a suitable post available. If there is not, the applicant will be offered employment in a PED that does have suitable vacancies.

Admission criteria:
The bursary is only awarded to South African citizens. Applications will not be considered unless the applicant has a valid South African ID number. Applicants for the bursary must already have been accepted into an appropriate study programme at a recognized higher education institution. Applicants also need to meet certain admission criteria of the institution and they must also meet the national selection criteria for the Funza Lushaka bursary.

Selection criteria include the following:
The applicant’s academic ability;
Eligibility for an approved degree or PGCE in one of the priority areas;
Commitment to a teaching career, which includes: interest in working with young people; enthusiasm for a professional career in teaching; readiness to face and surmount difficult challenges and personal integrity;
Commitment to teach in any school to which a student may be appointed by a PED.
Everything else being equal, selection should favour candidates from rural areas, candidates who wish to teach in rural areas and candidates whose financial position would otherwise exclude them from enrolment for a teaching qualification. The bursary will only be awarded if one of the priority area specialization subjects is included as a teaching subject in your qualification.

Please note that those who already have other teaching qualifications do not qualify for this programme.

Programmes to be funded
Three types of qualifications can be funded. These are shown in the table below. The qualification must include subjects which will allow the student to specialise as a teacher in at least one priority area (see next section below).

Undergraduate studies
Undergraduate studies
Graduate studies
4-year Bachelor of Education degree (B Ed), specialising in Foundation Phase (Grade R – 3), Intermediate Phase (Grade 4 – 6), Senior Phase (Grade 7 – 9) and FET Phase (Grade 10-12). 3/4 -year Bachelors degree e.g. Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Computer Science, Bachelor of Technology in fields suitable for admission to the one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Application for funding for a Bachelors degree implies that the applicant commits to enrol for the PGCE upon completion of the undergraduate degree. One-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) for graduates whose degrees include majors in priority areas.

In addition to specialising in a priority area, you will also need to specialise in a phase for the B.Ed and PGCE teaching qualifications. If you prefer teaching younger children, you could specialise in Foundation Phase (Grade R – 3) or Intermediate Phase (Grade 4 – 6).On the other hand, if you prefer teaching older children you could specialise in Senior Phase (Grade 7 – 9) or FET Phase (Grade 10 –12). Some universities offer qualifications which combine specialisation in the Foundation Phase and Intermediate Phase, or the Intermediate Phase and Senior Phase, or the Senior Phase and FET Phase. These combined qualifications are also acceptable.

Priority areas
The priority areas that are currently funded are indicated in the table below. These areas could be reconsidered from year to year.

Foundation Phase
(Grade R- 3)
• Foundation phase specialisation

Intermediate Phase
(Grade 4 – 6)
• African Languages
• English Language
• Mathematics
• Natural Sciences
• Technology

Senior Phase
(Grade 7 – 9)
• African Languages
• English Language
• Mathematics
• Natural Sciences
• Technology

FET Phase
(Grade 10 –12)
• African Languages
• English Language
• Mathematics
• Natural Sciences
• Technology • Accounting
• African Languages
• Agricultural Sciences
• Agricultural Technology
• Civil Technology
• Computer Applications Technology
• Economics
• Electrical Technology
• Engineering Graphics and Design
• English Language
• Geography
• Information Technology
• Life Sciences
• Mathematics
• Mathematical Literacy
• Mechanical Technology
• Physical Sciences

How to apply
You need to apply for admission to a teaching qualification (B Ed or PGCE) or a Bachelors degree (e.g. BSc, B Tech, BA) with at least one major course in a priority area at a university of your choice. Once you have gained admission at a university, you are required to apply for the bursary via this Internet website.

The bursary is awarded for one academic year at a time and, on proof of academic success, the bursary may be renewed each year until the recipient of the bursary has qualified as a teacher. The bursary holder will be required to re-apply by the end of October for the following year. Recipients of bursaries will be required to teach one year for every year for which they receive a bursary.

What the bursary covers
Funza Lushaka bursaries cover all the recipient’s essential expenses. Expenses covered include tuition, full accommodation including meals, books and learning materials, and a small allowance for monthly living expenses. Universities have different cost structures, so the total value of a bursary differs from institution to institution.

Conditions for repeating a year
The bursary period may be extended to cover one additional year in a degree programme, or the time required for completion of one additional course in the PGCE programme. Only one such extension will be granted. Any additional time required will be at the recipient’s own cost. The bursary is renewable for one academic year at a time. On proof of academic success the bursary may be renewed each year until the recipient of the bursary has qualified as a teacher.

Conditions for repayment of the bursary
The bursary must be repaid only if the recipient fails to qualify, fails to apply for a teaching post with a PED at a public school, fails to take up a teaching post with a PED at a public school, leaves a teaching post with a PED before the end of the contracted service period, or otherwise fails to meet a requirement of the bursary agreement.

CESA Bursary

The CESA Bursary is intended for students in the Concurrent Education program requiring financial assistance for Concurrent Education events and workshops and/or education related professional development activities.

If you would like to apply for a bursary, please complete the application and submit it to the Equity Affairs Commissioners’ mailbox located in the Con-Ed Office or the general mailbox in the door if the office is locked.  Please be sure that your application form is printed single-sided and is complete; bursaries will only be awarded if all the mandatory financial information is filled out. All bursary committee members will ensure strict confidentiality.

Also, please note that bursaries will be awarded only for upcoming events.  No reimbursement bursaries will be awarded after an event.

The lessons and courses website is a public information website, bringing together a list of all the SETA’s in South Africa, Bursaries, Study Loans and Courses. Find SETA Bursaries here!

Source: Concurrent Education Students’ Association

University of Pretoria Pilot Programme Bursaries

The Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Pretoria invites applications for bursaries for full-time PhD study within the Pilot Masters and Doctoral Programme in Mathematical Sciences commencing in 2013 or 2014. The Pilot Programme bursaries are awarded to excellent PhD applicants who have shown the potential to excel in research. The call is open to applicants who are in possession of an MSc degree in Mathematical Sciences or are expected to complete a relevant MSc degree in 2013. Applicants should send an application letter (maximum one page) indicating their personal goals and motivation for PhD study with attached degrees and transcripts. The names and contact details of two referees should also be included. Additional evidence of achievements such as publications, reports, distinctions, awards, should be provided in the form of a short CV (maximum two pages). Students who have already obtained their MSc degrees are expected to have formally applied for PhD admission at UP at the time of application for the bursary. PhD students who have already registered for 2013 are also eligible to apply.

The value of the bursary is R 70 000 annually for three years.

Information about postgraduate studies in the department can be found atwww.up.ac.za/maths/postgrad.

Applications and enquiries should be sent to maths@up.ac.za.
Submission deadline: 30 April 2013.

The lessons and courses website is a public information website, bringing together a list of all the SETA’s in South Africa, Bursaries, Study Loans and Courses. Find SETA Bursaries here!

R2bn in FET bursaries from Department of Higher Education and Training

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) has set aside almost R2-billion in bursaries for further education and training (FET) college students for this year, Higher Education and Training Minister Dr Blade Nzimande said on Monday.

Nedbank bursary opportunities for 2014

Speaking at an event to declare 2013 the Year of the Artisan, Nzimande reiterated the need for South Africa to increase the number of qualified and competent artisans to enable the country to successfully deliver on its strategic infrastructure projects (SIPs).

“Government views the production of artisans and other mid-level skills as a priority, and that is why we are investing all these billions into the development of our FET colleges to turn them into institutions of choice, so that we will not have to import skills from other countries to deliver on our SIPs,” the Minister commented.

The R2-billion in funding is a significant increase on the R310-million in funding made available in 2009.

Nzimande further stressed the need to improve the status and profile of artisan trades.

“The idea that trades and other vocational programmes are only for those who can’t get into university, is deeply ingrained in our society and has a detrimental effect on our ability to develop the skills required by our labour market, not to mention the status of those who make a very important contribution to our economy and society,” he stated.

As part of the Year of the Artisan initiative, the DHET would work towards changing that perception and ensuring that FET colleges and the training programmes they offer, become the “options of choice” among South Africa’s youth.

Higher Education and Training Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana would lead an initiative to promote artisanry as a career option for the youth across all provinces.

source engineeringnews

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