Applications to the 2022/23 STEM Bursary opened on Monday March 28th 2022.
- The STEM Bursary scheme is open to individuals wishing to undertake a one-year secondary PGDE ITE course in Scotland that leads to the award of registered teacher status in the hardest to fill STEM subjects.
- For applications to start a PGDE ITE course (for those with the intention to work in a secondary school) starting in August 2022, the eligible subjects are Maths, Computing Science, Technological Education, Physics, Chemistry and Home Economics.
- The level of bursary is £20,000 per student.
- The bursary is an incentive to ease the financial transition for career changers to undertake initial teacher education and will be over and above any normal student support provided by Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS), as long as students meet the SAAS eligibility criteria.
- Students eligible for the bursary can also apply separately to SAAS to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.
Applicants need to have been in paid employment for at least 36 months out of the last 84 months (including career breaks and any periods of furlough). Applicants who can evidence they have been in receipt of Carer's Allowance for 36 months out of the last 84 will also be deemed to meet the employment eligibility criteria.
Applicants need to hold a 2.1 degree or meet the minimum initial teacher education (ITE) entry requirement with a relevant masters qualification, the content of which would make them suitable to teach Maths, Computing Science, Technological Education, Physics, Chemistry or Home Economics.
Normal entry requirements for PGDE ITE also apply. Including exceptions, applicants ordinarily need to have been out of full-time education since 30th September 2019.
Applicants must have an offer of a place on a PGDE ITE programme at a Scottish university before applying.
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