Deadline: July 25, 2022

Jakes Gerwel Fellowship has a mission for you to tackle one of the biggest megatrends of your generation. We have three intake streams for you to join us. You can either apply as a Grade 12 pupil or Gap Year student, as a 1st Year student at UCT or UP or as a 3rd-year student or graduate.

Transforming the education sector starts with quality teachers. That’s what the Jakes Gerwel Fellowship is all about, empowering and inspiring high-quality teachers in South Africa through selecting and nurturing the best candidates.

We need assistance in finding innovators who can lead change in the South African education system, to apply for our Fellowship. Help us transform tomorrow, today. Nominate someone today!

Who’s eligible for the Graduate Teaching Fellowship?

An eligible applicant needs to meet the following basic criteria:


  • Graduate or third-year university student.
  • An appropriate undergraduate degree, in good academic standing, is eligible for PGCE enrollment (note, MRTEQ does not recognize postgraduate qualifications).
  • Under 30 years old or 30 years old at the time of the applications’ deadline.
  • South African citizens or permanent residents.
  • Full participation of the JGF program.
  • Aligned with JGF’s vision of social change in education in South Africa.


What does the Graduate Teaching Fellowship offer?

The GTF covers onboarded students the following:


  • Full PGCE tuition, laptop, residence, and printing needs which include a monthly stipend.
  • An intensive reflective and leadership development program is aligned with JGF’s pathways to impact as expert teachers, educational leaders, and social entrepreneurs.
  • A national Community of Practice with a focus on individual teaching subjects.
  • Professional and pedagogical coaching as the individual navigates their first years of teaching.

Is there anything else covered or offered?

Yes, the GTF does not just provide funding opportunities but also includes:


  • A dedicated Teacher Coach for your first two years of teaching. The role of the Teacher Coach is to offer support and guidance as you learn about your teaching profession and the relevant school culture.
  • An opportunity to be mentored by an outstanding teacher identified as a JGF Mentor. This relationship offers guidance, best practice, and social assimilation into the teaching profession and teacher identity.

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