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Jakes Gerwel Fellowship Program

The Jakes Gerwel Fellowship Program is offering a Graduate Teaching Fellowship (GTF) for the 2024-2025 academic year. This fellowship is available to students who are entering their post-graduation studies at the following universities:

  • The University of Cape Town
  • The University of Western Cape
  • The University of Johannesburg
  • The University of Pretoria
  • The University of Witwatersrand

Benefits of the Bursary:

The Jakes Gerwel Fellowship Program provides the following benefits to successful candidates:

  • Cost of tuition for a Post-Graduation Certificate in Education.
  • Cost of residence.
  • Monthly stipend.
  • Laptop and printing costs.
  • Comprehensive leadership program aligned with the JGF’s pathways to influence teachers, educational leaders, and social entrepreneurs.
  • Professional mentorship during the first year of studies.
  • Assigned teacher coach for the initial two years of teaching, offering guidance and support.
  • Guidance from a JGF Mentor to help candidates adapt to the teaching profession.
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About The Jakes Gerwel Foundation:

The Jakes Gerwel Foundation was established in honor of the late academic Jakes Gerwel, who was passionate about using education to combat poverty. The foundation focuses on the arts and provides mentorship to young writers, lyricists, and songwriters. It also offers a residency for Afrikaans writers in collaboration with PEN Afrikaans.

Fellowship Requirements And Eligibility:

To be eligible for the Jakes Gerwel Fellowship Program, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • South African citizenship.
  • Maximum age of 30 years at the time of application.
  • Graduates or final-year undergraduates.
  • Excellent academic records.
  • Intending to pursue a PGCE course in 2024.
  • Applied or enrolled at one of the specified universities.
  • Interest in teaching and becoming a high school teacher.
  • Commitment to the JGF program and its vision to change education in South Africa.
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Application Process:

Interested candidates can follow these steps to apply for the fellowship:

  1. Complete the eligibility quiz to check eligibility.
  2. If eligible, proceed with the application process.
  3. If nominated, complete the eligibility quiz provided.
  4. Read the application guide thoroughly before applying.

Shortlisted candidates will undergo telephonic interviews in August, followed by a selection camp in October. Fellowships will be awarded by November 30, with the program commencing in December 2024-2025 or January.

Documents Required:

Applicants must submit the following documents with their online application:

  • Certified copies of ID or residential documents.
  • Tertiary education records and transcripts.
  • Proof of registration or application to one of the specified universities.
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Closing Date:

The application deadline for the Jakes Gerwel Fellowship Program is July 31. Candidates are encouraged to submit their applications before the deadline to avoid rejection.

Contact Details:

For inquiries, candidates can contact the Jakes Gerwel Fellowship Program directly:

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