STEM Teacher Education Bursaries for Career Changers


Please note:
The closing date for new STEM Teacher Education Bursary Applications for those enrolling in STEM courses for the 2018/19 Academic year has now passed.

The STEM Teacher Education Bursary is a £20,000 incentive to ease the transition from paid employment into Initial Teacher Education.

  • Applications are open to career changers wishing to undertake a one-year PGDE ITE (Professional Graduate Diploma in Education - Initial Teacher Education) course in Scotland that leads to the award of registered teacher status in the hardest to fill STEM subjects.
  • For PGDE ITE courses starting in August 2018, the eligible subjects are Maths, Computing Science, Technical Education, Physics and Chemistry.
  • Students eligible for a bursary can also apply to have their tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government. For more information, or to make an application visit

Am I eligible?

1. You must hold an offer of a place on a PGDE ITE teacher education course in Maths, Computer Science, Technical Education, Physics or Chemistry from one of these Scottish universities...

  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Dundee
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of the Highlands and Islands
  • University of Strathclyde
  • University of the West of Scotland

2. Applicants will be expected to hold a relevant degree at 2.1 or above with the required academic content to teach Maths, Computing Science, Technical Education, Physics or Chemistry.

  • Normal entry requirements for PGDE ITE courses also apply, including a requirement to have Higher English (or equivalent) and National 5/Credit level Maths (or equivalent). However, flexibility on entry requirement may be applied by the General Teaching Council for Scotland, and support can be provided for the provision of English/Maths qualifications if necessary.

3. Applicants will be expected to be in current employment and to have been in employment for at least 36 months in the last five years (including career breaks), at the point of application for the bursary. For the definition of ‘employment’ refer to Please note that applicants who hold refugee status or other humanitarian protection status in the UK are exempt from this requirement.

4. To qualify for the bursary, applicants will need to satisfy the following SAAS residence requirements...

  • You must be ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for the three years immediately before 1st August 2018.
    • If you fall short of being ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for the three year qualifying period, even by one day, you will not be eligible.
  • You must be ordinarily resident in Scotland on 1st August 2018.
    • You will not be regarded as being ordinarily resident in Scotland if your main purpose in coming here is to receive full-time education and that you would have otherwise been living elsewhere.
  • If you are not a UK or other EU national, you must have ‘settled status’ in the UK (as set out in the Immigration Act 1971) on 1st August 2018.
  • For further information (and for modifications to this requirement for holders of refugee status or other protected humanitarian status in the UK) refer to

5. Those already in receipt of any other subsidised ITE provision where salaries or allowances are already in place will not be eligible. Examples of such programmes include (but are not limited to) the Salaried Distance Learning & Learn to Teach programmes, the Supported Induction Route at University of Dundee, PGDE with Masters at University of Strathclyde and PGDE Internships at University of Aberdeen.

How do I apply?

Please note:
The closing date for new STEM Teacher Education Bursary Applications for those enrolling in STEM courses for the 2018/19 Academic year has now passed.

After we receive your application, our team will review it and get in contact with you and university authorities, to verify all the details you have provided. At that stage you will be asked for documentary evidence of you identity, offers, employment history, residence status and so on.

For successful applications, payments will be made in 10 equal monthly instalments from September 2018 to June 2019 direct to students. In the event of an individual in receipt of a bursary withdrawing from the PGDE programme, payments will cease with immediate effect.

Need help?

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