Jakes Gerwel Fellowship

Fellowships are non-profit organization systems that provide help and benefits and Jakes Gerwel Fellowship is one of such. As you read through, we will show what they are all about and how to apply.

Jakes Gerwel Fellowship

Jakes Gerwel Fellowship

The Jakes Gerwel Fellowship is currently accepting applications from students for the Graduate Teaching Fellowship (GTF) for the 2024 academic year.

This fellowship is designed for students who are entering their Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) studies at partner universities, including the University of the Western Cape, University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch University, University of Pretoria, University of Johannesburg, or University of the Witwatersrand.

The fellowship offers students valuable resources such as personal coaches, mentors, and experienced teachers, along with optional activities.

Upon successfully completing their PGCE qualification, students become qualified high school teachers. Subsequently, they embark on a 2-year induction phase where they are placed in partner schools as newly certified educators.


Eligibility Criteria

Before applying, applicants must meet the following minimum entry requirements. Please note that failure to meet all these criteria will result in your application not being considered:

1. You must hold South African citizenship or have permanent residency in South Africa.

2. Your age must not exceed 30 years at the closing date of the application.

3. You must have either completed an appropriate undergraduate degree or be in your final year of undergraduate studies.

4. Your intention should be to pursue a PGCE qualification in 2024.

5. You should be eligible for enrollment in a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) program (note that MRTEQ does not acknowledge postgraduate qualifications).

6. You must maintain a good academic record.

7. You must have applied to study or currently be enrolled at one of the partner universities, which include UWC, UCT, SU, UP, UJ, or WITS.

8. A genuine passion for teaching and education is essential.

9. You should aspire to become a high school teacher.

10. Your commitment to full participation in the JGF program is required.

11. Your values and vision should align with JGF’s mission of fostering social change in South African education.

How to Apply for the Jakes Gerwel Fellowship

1. Prior to initiating the application process, candidates are required to successfully complete the Eligibility Quiz. Those who pass the quiz will receive detailed instructions on how to proceed with their application.

2. If you are aware of someone who meets the fellowship’s criteria, you have the option to nominate them. If you have been nominated by another individual, you will still need to complete the Eligibility Quiz mentioned above.

3. Applicants are strongly encouraged to download and review the JGF Application Guide in PDF format before commencing their application.

4. It is mandatory to submit clear copies of the following supporting documents alongside your online application. Failure to provide any of these documents may result in the disqualification of your application:

  • A certified copy of your ID document or proof of South African permanent residence
  • Certified copies of your complete tertiary academic records
  • Evidence of your application to or acceptance at one of the partner universities, preferably on the institution’s letterhead.

Important Dates

31 July 2023: applications close.

1 to 31 August 2023: telephonic interviews are conducted.

15 to 17 October 2023: selection camp takes place.

30 November 2023: fellowships are awarded.

December 2023 and January 2024: onboarding takes place.

31 July 2023: Closing date for the Jakes Gerwel fellowship bursary


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