The South African Mathematics and Science Teacher Intern Programme (SAMSTIP) is an ISASA initiative that aims to address a root cause of South Africa’s skills shortage: the critical lack of qualified mathematics and science teachers.

SAMSTIP, Investec and the Department of Basic Education are offering prospective Senior and Further Education and Training (FET) teachers specialising in the fields of Mathematics and the Sciences an opportunity to win bursaries to study for a four year Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) degree or a one year Post-graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at UNISA.

Benefits of the programme:

The bursary will cover UNISA fees, textbooks and a transport and accommodation allowance, as well as a small stipend.

Who can apply?

Applications for 2020 are closed.

The Zenex Foundation recently published a Learning Brief on lessons learnt from 3 teacher internship programmes that the Foundation supported over a number of years. The Learning Brief is available for download from the Zenex Foundation website.

The Foundation also published an earlier report on teacher internships in South Africa. The Internship Report is available for download from the Zenex Foundation website.


Petronella Mohale tells us about her experience of the SAMSTIP, Investec and Department of Education teaching bursary programme and why she wants to be a teaching superhero.