Graduate Teaching Fellowship

The Jakes Gerwel Fellowship has been tasked with positioning teaching as an aspirational career to improve the quality of education in schools across South Africa.

Launched in 2021, the Graduate Teaching Fellowship (GTF) The GTF is focused on identifying high-impact graduates who have committed to qualifying as a high school teacher in South Africa.

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, which 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, printing needs which includes a monthly stipend.

  • An intensive reflective and leadership development program as aligned with JGF’s pathways to impact as expert teachers, educational leaders, and social entrepreneurs.

  • A national Community of Practice with 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 opportunity 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.

The GTF currently partners with UWC, UCT, Wits, UJ and UP. Each of these universities offer high-quality PGCE programs which benefit JGF candidates completing the PGCE program. Any applicant must ensure their own admission to the partner universities as JGF carries no influence in the relevant universities’ selection processes.

Applications for the Graduate Teaching Fellowship open in March 2022.