Like with scholarships, bursaries are designed to meet many diverse needs, and it is not uncommon to find them offered for specific fields. Teaching bursaries for future teachers are one such example of this, being bursaries establish explicitly to provide financial assistance to those students looking to become teachers. For students interested in teaching as a career, there are a plethora of options available to them when it comes to bursaries for teaching, so they should start looking early and apply when they find programs whose criteria they fit.
As with bursaries offered by governments or private institutions, teacher bursaries are designed to help those who can display they have the merits for investing funds into. This will very normally take the form of academic progress, requiring students to have good marks, and a clear dedication to the field. It will not be uncommon for teaching bursary programs to require students to repay any invested aid if they do not complete the education or for some other reason do not capably live up to the bursaries expectations.
Teaching bursaries can come in many forms, so it is incredibly important for students to peruse both eligibility and bursary acceptance requirements. Some institutions may require students to work in their institutions after graduation. These sorts of bursaries in teaching may cover large portions of college fees, and will likely be highly sought after through private groups. More commonly, though, teaching bursaries are offered publicly by governments or college institutions. Money for teachers bursary programs is always limited, so competition from other interested students is likely to be high. As a result, and as with almost all bursary systems, it is important for students to be able to set themselves apart either by volunteering at tutoring programs or finding other, more unique methods of clearly showing a passion for teaching. Though your career interests and volunteer programs will not be the only thing swaying a selection committee, it is part of the overall process and should not be ignored.
Other criteria will involve grades, citizenship and previous academic progress. As teaching bursaries get more specific, such as the Newfoundland Language Teaching Bursary, they may require that students focus their academic pursuits to specific classes which reflect their likely teaching path. This program offers up to $3,000 dollars over six weeks and requires that the student be a current teacher as well as a resident of Newfoundland. Applications are due by March 6.
Some of the easiest teaching bursaries are those offered by the government. They are not only the most publically available but are also the easiest to find. In South Africa the Funza Lushaka Teaching Bursary program offered by the Department of Basic Education funds both undergraduate and graduate studies based on nationally set education priorities. For 2011, the priorities range from African and English languages through math to technological applications. The application deadline for the Funza Lushaka Bursary is November 15, 2011 and applicants must be residents of South Africa.
Canada, as with its entire bursary program, may have different Canadian bursaries available based on the region in which a student lives. The above example of the Newfoundland Language Teachers Bursaries is only available to students in school in the province of Newfoundland, and other provinces will have their own programs to offer. However, Canada offers a really easy bursary application program as a single form filed at your local bursary office will automatically apply to all bursary programs you may be eligible for. If you are a student interested in teaching as a career, it will be important to note that on your bursary application form. Separate teachers bursaries may be available in your region that are not handled by your local bursary office, in which case you will want to apply directly to that organization based on their eligibility requirements.
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