- 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 (for those with the intention to work in a secondary school) starting August 2020, the eligible subjects are Maths, Computing Science, Technical Education, Physics, Chemistry and Home Economics.
- The bursary is over and above any normal student support provided by the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS), as long as students meet the SAAS eligibility criteria.
- Students eligible for the bursary can also apply to have their tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.
- For more information on tuition fees or to make an application for fee payment, visit www.saas.gov.uk.
Am I eligible for the STEM Bursary?
1. You must hold an offer of a place on a PGDE ITE teacher education course in Maths, Computing Science, Technical Education, Physics, Chemistry or Home Economics from one of these Scottish Universities...
- Edinburgh Napier University
- Queen Margaret University
- 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 must hold either:-
- a 2:1 honours degree (or above) the content of which would make them suitable to teach Maths, Computing Science, Technical Education, Physics, Chemistry or Home Economics
- a degree that meets the minimum ITE entry requirement and a Masters at SCQF Level 11 that is relevant to their chosen teaching subject of Maths, Computing Science, Technical Education, Physics, Chemistry or Home Economics.
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).
Please note that the academic eligibility criteria for the STEM Bursary may differ from the entry requirements of your intended PGDE ITE course(s).
Please contact us for clarification if required, before you apply for the Bursary.
3. Applicants will be expected to have been in employment for at least 36 out of the last 60 months (including career breaks). Details of the types of self employment evidence we are able to accept are in the Terms and Conditions.
- Applicants who can evidence they have been in receipt of Carer’s Allowance for 36 of the last 60 months will be deemed to have met the employment criteria.
- Applicants who hold refugee status or other humanitarian protection status in the UK, and other applicants covered by Clause 1.3 of the Terms and Conditions, are exempt from this requirement.
4. At the point of application, applicants (excluding those who have been undertaking a remunerated PhD that includes teaching experience) need to be at least 36 months away from full-time education.
- Evidence of graduation on or before 30th September 2017 will be required.
- Further and at the discretion of SDS, any applicant who has since 30th September 2017 undertaken a short full time top up course to meet the academic entry requirements of their chosen PGDE ITE Course including, but not limited to, Higher English and National 5 Mathematics may be deemed eligible.
5. To qualify for the bursary, applicants will need to satisfy the following SAAS residency 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 2020.
- 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 2020.
- 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 2020.
- For further information (and for modifications to this requirement for holders of refugee status or other protected humanitarian status in the UK) refer to www.saas.gov.uk.
6. 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 and PGDE Internships at University of Aberdeen.
How to apply and what happens next?
- Please ensure that you have read the eligibility criteria above together with the Terms and Conditions.
- If you deem yourself to be eligible, use the `Apply` button at the top of this page to begin.
- The application form requires that you upload copies of your university offer(s), so you must have electronic copies of the required documentation to hand before you begin.
After we receive your application, a member of the team will review the application and contact you to request documentational evidence relating to your employment history as per our eligibility criteria.
Each relevant university will also verify details of your STEM Bursary application in conjunction with your university offer.
For successful bursary applications...
- Payments will be made in 10 equal monthly instalments from September 2020 to June 2021.
- Payments are made directly from the university to the successful student.