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About SAMSTIP (Southern African Mathematics and Science Teacher Intern Programme):

The Southern African Mathematics and Science Teacher Intern Programme (SAMSTIP) is a program aimed at addressing the skills shortage in South Africa, particularly in the field of mathematics and science education. SAMSTIP focuses on providing quality instruction by creating mathematics and science educators through internships. This program aims to increase the number of school-leavers from underprivileged communities who excel in mathematics, ultimately producing more qualified mathematics and science teachers.

SAMSTIP collaborates with the Department of Basic Education and Investec to offer internship opportunities to students pursuing a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

SAMSTIP Teacher Internship Bursaries 2024-2025:

SAMSTIP, in partnership with the Department of Basic Education and Investec, offers internships for students pursuing a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with a specialization in Mathematics and Sciences (Physical, Natural, or Life). These internships are available for the 2024-2025 academic year.

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The bursary provides the following benefits:

  • Tuition fees at UNISA.
  • Textbooks required for the course.
  • Monthly stipend.
  • Transport allowance.
  • Accommodation facilities.
  • Training at ISASA member schools.
  • Learning and teaching resources.
  • Guidance from qualified professionals.
  • Academic enrichment.

It’s important to note that selected candidates will be required to teach at a public school after completing their graduation. The selection process may involve an entrance exam and an internal interview, followed by interviews with schools where candidates may be placed. Additionally, selected candidates will need to apply to UNISA for the PGCE qualification.

Eligibility Criteria for the SAMSTIP Teacher Internship Bursary:

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria before applying:

  • South African citizenship.
  • Age not exceeding 30 years.
  • Completion of undergraduate studies or being in the final year of undergraduate studies with credits in Mathematics and one of the following subjects: Life Sciences, Natural Sciences, Physical Sciences.
  • Not previously registered for a PGCE at a tertiary institution.
  • Satisfy university requirements and have acceptance for a PGCE qualification in 2024-2025.
  • Hold an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, or Natural Sciences, at least up to the 3rd year for NQF level 7 and the 2nd year for NQF level 7.
  • Interest in studying at UNISA for the PGCE course in 2024-2025.
  • Clean criminal record.
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How to Apply for the Bursary:

Interested candidates can apply online via the SAMSTIP website. They can also request a hard copy of the application form by emailing Slindile Shelembe at

Postal address for hard copy applications:

16 St David Road Houghton 2198

Documents Required:

Applicants must submit the following documents along with the application form:

  • Certified copies of ID documents.
  • Certified copy of Matriculation certificate.
  • Certified copies of academic transcripts.
  • Degree or diploma certificate.

Closing Date of the Bursary:

The closing date for applications has not been announced. Interested candidates should apply as soon as possible.

Contact Details of the Bursar (ISASA):

For any inquiries or questions, candidates can contact ISASA directly:

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